Vacation 2011: Day Sixteen

Well, I sure fell behind in my blog updates, didn’t I?  A combination of lack of internet, laziness, and “too busy doing other things” have combined to keep me from spending much time writing anything down.

When we last left off, we had just spent our last full day in the greater Victoria area and we were heading to Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park near Parksville.  We enjoyed our three nights there, but we didn’t fall in love with the area like we did with Metchosin.  We’re still talking about how we could handle a move to the Metchosin area, all we need is a lottery win so we don’t need to worry about finding work.

We didn’t do a lot of hiking around Parksville.  I had great plans but it rained a little almost every day, plus I was battling either allergies or a cold and I didn’t feel as great as I could have.  We really liked Rathtrevor though — the campground offered nice large sites and the heavy trees meant we had a lot of privacy. 

Site #160 at Rathtrevor

From Parksville it was a cross-island jaunt to Green Point campground in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.  Our site had one of the best views we’ve ever experienced — perched high atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The roar of the waves was our constant companion; many times we awoke during the night thinking there was a terrible wind storm outside only to realize it was the ocean.  The trees obscured the view a bit, but that’s not a bad problem to have, is it?

What we will always remember is the rain.  As the park ranger told us, “Well, we couldn’t call it a rain forest if it didn’t rain, right?”  It rained almost every night and often during the day we would have showers as well.  The humidity was amazing — our towels never did dry, even after hanging for four days.

 View From Site 71 at Green Point

Our four nights in Pacific Rim were highlighted by…

  • Driving the logging roads up to Kennedy Lake and checking out an old abandoned bridge

 

  • Checking out the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet; walking the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail and then having some great food at Jiggers

Jiggers Fish and ChipsAmphitrite LighthouseFinally, we moved on to our final stop on this trip:  Campbell River.  We managed to get in a hike on the Ripple Rock Trail out to a viewpoint above Seymour Narrows and several other walks in the local nature parks.  This is our third night here and we have just two more left before we point ourselves eastward and start heading home. 

Seymour Narrows

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