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


Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I woke up this morning is this what I saw.

I had a dilemma.

A sunny day outside – the first in a string of cloudy days.

A perky sourdough starter – bread-ready after a week of feeding and nurturing.

I had planned to bake bread today.

Queue chords from The Clash …

Should I STAY or Should I GO?

Uhm-twaang twang twang nwuh twang … 

If I go there would be trouble.

If I stayed it would be double. 

Dumm thum da dumm … 

The lyrics didn’t help with the decision.

So I did both.

Ucluelet, B.C. March 2019


Back in Ucluelet

First look on the Wild Pacific Trail

We are back in Ucluelet.

They tell us it’s been a hard winter. It snowed. It hasn’t snowed for ten years. The two centimeters of accumulation created havoc. Especially when it didn’t melt off by 11am.

Well, it’s 1pm now and the view from the Wild Pacific Trail is great.

Ucluelet. Vancouver Island, B.C. March 2019

Whimsy and Magic

Walking through the coastal rain forest it’s easy to get lost in whimsy.

Moss covered cedars look like Seussian trees hugged by lovably tubby teddy bears.

Twisted cedars have arms worn smooth by creatures resting in midnight snoozes and daylight perches.

Tree trunk cubby holes lead to magical places.

If you’re careful you can even see fairy houses hidden in high branches.

And if you’re very very careful and extremely extraordinarily lucky you might even see the rarest of mythical creatures, a shaggy forest pony bear. 

Ucluelet, B.C. August 2018