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The Avatar Apparition

All photos taken on May 17, 2022.

Sometimes, an idea sounds better in your mind, than when you actually put it in motion. Just such an idea was driving to Avatar Grove, a mere 12 km away from our cottage.

After our morning hike and a bit of lunch, we set off by car to see this phenomenon. The turnoff road looked fine for about 1 km and then the road turned into a beast. It was a logging road, which after the spring melt and recent heavy rains and pounding logging truck traffic was pocked with deep water filled potholes. In short, it was not fit for anything but a 4 wheel drive vehicle that you care not a whit about.

Meanwhile 4 idiots and 1 Benji the Wonder Dog attempted to navigate it in a Prius. Not a good plan. The scenery at 16 k/h (10 m/h) was spectacular……ly slow. About 9 km. in, we stopped and decided to turn around. Just as we did, a newer Jeep Cherokee came down the road. We chatted with them briefly and they advised the Grove was closed. Well, aren’t we the perfect idiots. Back to Port Renfrew, we crept.

waiting to cross the one-lane Gordon River bridge
Gordon River
GPS says we are in the middle of nowhere – YUP, that sounds about right
Not a road for a Prius!!!!
The 3 other people in the car would shout HOLE! every time our car came close to one. Thanks Captain Obvious. In the meantime, Benji the Wonder Dog remained silent.

Here is what we missed.

A scant 10 minute walk off a logging road near the BC’s West Coast town of Port Renfrew is Avatar Grove, a stand of old cedars so majestic, powerful and gnarled that T. F. Watt said he and his colleagues from the Ancient Forest Alliance “were running around like kids in a candy story” when they found it in 2009. (Globe & Mail, July 23/11).

Watt, along with the co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance, Ken Wu, had been searching for just such an iconic stand of trees, one that would dramatize and catalyze enough awareness of old-growth forests to prevent further logging of the tiny remnant that still exists on southern Vancouver Island. Avatar Grove, as this stand was named, just might accomplish such an ambitious feat. Indeed, the Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, the BC Ministry of Forests and the company that had the right to log Avatar Grove, Teal Cedar Products Ltd, all concurred that the stand was so sensational that it should be protected.

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Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “The Avatar Apparition

  1. The Avatar Grove was closed when we visited in April too. I’m assuming it was because of the rough conditions on the roads with all those pot holes. We made an attempt to get there, but quickly turned around as we were in a rental and we didn’t have cell reception.

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    1. It was especially fun when our 10 year old version of GPS on the car showed we were in the middle of nowhere. Logging roads are not the best. Still, we loved the whole Port Renfrew area. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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  2. Oh wow Allan – that was a major missed photo op. But you did the right thing by turning around – your car could have been eaten or maimed by one of those potholes. There will always be other opportunities. .

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