Storm Watch

Amphitrite Storm Ap6-114509

Environment Canada issued a severe wind warning for Vancouver Island yesterday.  South West Vancouver Island (where we are) was hardest hit with 90 km winds and 100 km gusts.  Although we were most exposed, our little town was unscathed.  Elsewhere, BC hydro lines were knocked out and thousands were without power for hours.

Wind storms make for spectacular viewing. At its worse, we watched from the safety of our house. When it calmed down, we went to Amphitrite for a closer look.  There were other tourists and storm watchers there.  It was easy to identify first timers – they wore woefully inadequate rain ponchos which flapped in the wind as they hurried back to their cars.  Geared up in proper rain jackets, hoods and waterproof boots, we still got chilled to the bone.

But it was awesome.

Amphitrite Storm Ap6-113608

Amphitrite Storm Ap6-115616Amphitrite, Ucluelet.  April 2019

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Reasons to Look Up

Wild Pacific Trail to Amphitrite

There are lots of reasons to look up when walking on the Wild Pacific Trail.

The magnificent coastal views.

Clear skies to Broken Islands

The splendor of rain forest trees and strange obsession of people with locks.

Locks on the trail

The danger of looking down is that it might lead to finding this.

Grisly find by someone taking a walk. Image from Ucluelet Community Facebook page.

There have been multiple reports of wolves out and about.  Sightings and howlings at twilight and dusk. 

We don’t have a dog, so we’re not normally out then.  It’s only the garbage that needs to be taken out at night.  The threat there is for bears. They like to hang out near dumpsters for late night snacks. Of garbage, not people.

But the bears haven’t woken up yet.  And it’s hubby who takes out the garbage. He can toss bags better and further than me. He runs faster too.

Ucluelet. March 2019