Yesterday we ventured inland toward Port Alberni, a town on a long fjord that penetrates the western shore of Vancouver Island. Jean and I had driven this route a few years ago and knew a couple of places to stop for walks and photos. Norman and Janet were willing to follow our lead to these places.
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park embraces the Little Qualicum River as it cuts its way through the mountains. Deep ravines with roaring water are surrounded by quiet, dark forests.
Cathedral Grove is an intact example of a fully mature douglas fir forest. Some of these magnificent trees are 800 years old. It is a quiet place of contemplation. The first time we visited there were spirit masks posted on some trees. Unfortunately they were not there this time. We wonder why they were removed. However, this ancient forest still enchants.
Today we arose to heat. The temp topped out in the 80’s this afternoon while we took a hike to Nymph Falls. It was much cooler near the falls. This spot is a favorite with locals who come to play in the cool waters. We simply hiked along the river trail.
After resting in the late afternoon heat I prepared a dinner on the grill – sockeye salmon, halibut, garlic zuchini, and bell peppers. With a side tossed salad and some terrific local rose from 40 Knots Winery we had a feast! Sorry, no pics of the food. It disappeared before I remembered my camera.
Tomorrow Norman and Janet leave us for their return to California. Jean and I will break out painting materials and begin to capture this beautiful place. In the mean while here’s a short clip of Nymph Falls.