Thursday, August 17, 2006

Peter and I drove to Port Renfrew today, about seventy-five miles through second and third-growth forest. It's still beautiful because the region has been 'managed' for many years and is constantly being renewed. You wouldn't know that it had ever been logged. The scenery and excellent salmon fishing make it a bustling tourist destination now. We saw fishermen bringing in quite a number of nice big Chum salmon today.

En route we saw a black bear cross the road in front of our car. Peter said he would have weighed about three hundred fifty pounds. We also spotted deer by the road, but they're very common here (We saw one a block away from our home this week.)

Between Port Renfrew and Bamfield, hikers can travel the forty-seven mile West Coast Trail, cleared originally as a rescue trail for shipwreck survivors. About a hundred years ago there was a notable shipwreck in the area of Bamfield that had passengers make it to shore but die for lack of access to help. The West Coast Trail is not an easy hike. There are parts of it that can only be traversed at low tide and hikers who ignored posted warnings have been swept out to sea.

I love this part of the island! The east coast has a much larger population and is quite benign. The west coast is rugged and beautiful.


At 5:50 AM, Anonymous clare said...

Gorgeous pics, Susan - that last one is particularly evocative, and the one of the road through trees. I love pictures like this that seem to lead somewhere.

At 10:36 PM, Blogger Marie said...

I agree, gorgeous pics. It looks like such a lovely place.


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