Back again! We have just returned home and I am so far behind in everything...including visiting all my blog friends. I will slowly get around to seeing what I have missed....thanks so much for your visits here. I am thankful that anyone still visited my blog while I was away.
Well I think I will try to blog about Long Beach, B.C. where we went about a week or so ago. Long Beach is the largest beach in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island, B.C.
The various beaches in the Long Beach group stretch for 15.5 miles or 25 km. The area is the traditional home of the Nuu-chah-nuth peoples who lived on the shores and fished the seas for thousands of years before our time. How amazing their life must have been in this wild place. How I wish I could have seen it then and could have been part of that life.
The area is now popular with surfers, kayakers, campers, birders, and has a lot of good hiking trails also. It is a tourist destination without being commercialized.....you get lots of surf, huge winds, long white sandy shores, old growth forests, rugged rock bluffs instead of it being spoiled by anything created by humanity....it is all created by nature. I would prefer that there were no people there at all but it is the only way it can be saved.
The park provides protection for this pristine area of rain forest and Pacific Ocean shoreline. It is 49,962 hectares including Long Beach, the Broken Islands and the West Coast Trail.
If you spend the day on one of the beaches I will promise you that you will never be the same person. There is something magical and absolutely
renewing to your spirit there.....you will return to the city covered in sand and totally windblown and you will always feel that you have been to your ancestral home, not knowing that part of your soul will remain there in the pounding surf forever.You will think of that often. You have been captured by an ancient powerful ghost of time gone by.
Everyone there was so happy and friendly. The sky was really big there and you get to feel like you are part of something so huge, so immense that our brain cannot even understand it yet. I felt tiny as I stood there on this never ending beach..... I wish I could stay there forever. All my problems became so small and insignificant and washed away with the waves.
At the time when we were visiting, there was a group of birders there on the same day and these are the birds they saw: Baird's Sandpiper, Whimbrels, Sanderlings, Black Turnstones, Black Oystercatchers, Western Sandpipers, and Herring Gulls. They also saw Sooty Shearwaters.
We saw the Gulls and my husband got some good shots of the Whimbrels. You can tell we are not expert at knowing what we are seeing.
On the day we arrived at Long Beach we had a torrential rain storm. It was not rain, it was west coast rain. No one could step outside of their cars that day. However, this did not stop me. Hubby drove me to each beach and I walked alone down each rainy path to each stormy beach. I had it all to myself. It was mystical and magical. Isolated. Shrouded in fog and huge waves rolling in. I was home. There was just the forest, the beach, the rain and myself. How amazing is that.
Video Section below has a short video on Long Beach, B.C.
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Video Long Beach, B.C.