Today is a complete contrast to yesterday! Today it has been raining – is still raining – and will continue to rain!
Yesterday was a gorgeous summer day – sunny and warm!
Today’s walk was familiar; chilly, wet, and abbreviated; but familiar.
Yesterday’s walk was new to us; long, more like two walks, full of colour and beauty.
Today we walked along the Sea Wall that connects the Yacht Club to Maffeo Sutton Park. It was grey – the only shots of colour, the wildflowers along the way – even the water and birds looked grey and wet.
Yesterday’s walk was in Ladysmith, at the Holland Creek Park. It was more like two walks!
We started at the top, just at the falls.
The first half was quiet, civilized, hemmed in by Civilization on one side and fenced on the other. There were stairs where the climb up or down was steep and the birds spoke and sang in the trees as we walked by. We could hear the falls and later the creek and would catch glimpses of both through the trees. The first half of the walk was down the Ravine, almost to the highway!
When we reached the bottom we were greeted by a classic West Coast Creek, moving water, winding through river rock, moss and lush greenery. There were ferns, horsetails an flowers everywhere. Big Leaf Maples vied for sky with Cedar, and Fir.
The second half was described as difficult on the map. It was a red line that snaked around the edge of the creek and up the Ravine. It was also longer, three klicks instead of the two klicks of the first half. It wasn’t a walk – it was a hike. Rising trails and falling paths that kept going up and up the side of the ravine. Each time we thought that we had reached the top, we would descend to start the climb up again.
This path was gnarled roots, loose stones and rotting logs. There were rope handrails in parts to help pull one up the path and later to keep one from tumbling down the path! It was a wild beauty here. Towering trees, festooned in moss and rotting stumps marked with the logging markers of an earlier time set the tone for an inspiring walk through the trees, again with the sound of the creek nearby, and only glimpses of the water we knew we walked beside.
Lush ferns were a real grace note on this side of the creek. The tops of the new growth were right at eye level as we climbed up and up.
Graceful Maidenhair ferns clung to the side of the Creek – where we could see, fighting for space with wildflowers.
I really enjoyed this side of the creek – it felt wilder and older. It couldn’t have been more beautiful. By the end of the walk we knew that we had been on a walk – even Sophie was tired. There were other walks and hikes that connected with this park – but they would have to wait for another day!
I hope that you enjoy your walk through the Ravine.