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October 11, 2013

Visitors from Overseas – Part 3: Trees

Filed under: Animals, Canada, Germany, Kayak, Travel — K2 in Canada @ 10:29 PM

Day 5 (Jun 23) started cloudy and rain was in the forecast. What better thing to do than going for a drive through the temperate rain forest. We stopped in at Port Renfrew to watch the sport fishing boats come in and unload the early morning catch. Quite a few nice size salmon were cleaned on the dock – harbour seals were hanging out around the dock waiting for scraps.

We continued on along the Pacific Marine Hwy towards Lake Cowichan. With a small detour to look at the “Avatar Grove” – an area of old growth trees just recently opened up to public access that features the gnarliest tree. Work on a boardwalk has started but for now it is a steep muddy trail – just how I like it but no good for my parents. So Jeff and I went up the hill by ourselves while dad took pictures of the trees in the lower sections. Mama was supposed to just wait along the road. When we got back to the car there was no sign of her. We split up to look for her – I walked down and Jeff and Papa drove up. They finally found her way up the road – she had thought we’d be gone for at least an hour and not only 20min. On the drive back on the Hwy we saw a deer and her fawn almost getting hit by a big truck speeding up the road. He didn’t even slow down… “What’s another dead deer, eh?” Idiot!!

The drive along the Pacific Marine Hwy was really nice. We stopped in to look at some small canyon as well as the tallest Sitka Spruce, Harris Creek Spruce, on Vancouver Island (73.5m in height and 12.5m around – apparently it takes 15 people to form a human chain around it). Impressive! But tough to take a representative picture off it, it is soo big. We stopped for a late lunch at the Cow Café in Cowichan sharing some Nachos. And then drove back to Sooke via Cowichan Valley Hwy and Hwy#1. A long day of driving but nice scenery for sure.

To get some fresh air Jeff and I took the kayaks for another spin. The ocean was once again flat calm, We went south this time playing in some more rocks. We found this incredible deep cave which was just wide enough for my boat and tall enough for me. Any wave and I would have been crushed into the cave roof….it never occurred to me that there could have been some serious boat wash coming in unexpectedly until I was already quite deep into the cave…. Nothing happened – the sea stayed flat.

Day 6 was just a long day of traveling back home to Vancouver… while I had to work on Day 7. My parents went to Granville Island that day.


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