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Botanical Beach

All photos taken on May 18, 2022.

Given we had a power outage and could do little in the cottage, we opted to complete our hike from the previous day and stop at Botanical Beach. There ought to be some real rough seas this day.

We stopped briefly at the Wild Renfrew office and they had no update as to when power might be restored. Their gen pac was running, so they were good. When B asked about a gen pac for our unit, they stared blankly. (When we looked out front of our unit later, there was indeed a generator there – perhaps they did not know how to start it.).

We continued on to Juan de Fuca Park and the Botanical Loop trail. This time, we hiked it clockwise to reach the beach sooner. Rain came and went intermittently and the trail looked decidedly damp…

…and then it became decidedly wetter. It was at this point I realized that I was wearing my old hikers, which were not totally waterproof. Soooo, no deep wading then.

The rain soaked rocks shone in the dull light, possibly due to high mica content.

We crossed a small stream, which was getting bigger from all the rain

The path soon straightened around and we were off through the rain

A fat black slug tried to blend in and failed

I guess this is why they call it “the rainforest”

In hindsight, this was a perfect day to hike the forest. Everything was fresh and clean.

Bubbling brook

We reached the opening to Botanical Beach in no time.

Not surprisingly, we were the only ones there. Rain fell, waves crashed. Who needs power, anyway?

Mossy branches

Benji had less trouble picking his way through the driftwood than we did

The tide seemed to be coming back in or was that just the rain?

Benji seems eager to go exploring and tries to encourage us to follow

One last look…

…and we are off…

…back up the stairs and off the beach.

A nice short walk for a rainy day.

A couple of bright spots in the grey rainy day.

Back to the cabin for lunch. The power was not yet on, but came on as we were finishing lunch.


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.

12 thoughts on “Botanical Beach

  1. Despite the inclement weather, you took me on a beautiful scenic route. Thanks a lot 🙏
    Just think that I also appreciated the black slug (here they are red) they generally disgust me, while I like snails 🐌🐌🐌

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    1. Thanks for putting on your Wellies and joining us. Patty and I always love a good walk on a rainy day (it poured on our wedding day). As to slugs, also not a fan, but this guy seemed right at home. Happy Thursday Luisa. Allan

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    1. I think things would have been more serious had it been a power outage in winter back home. This power outage was tolerable for those of us on vacation. Thanks for reading John. Allan


  2. Those look like some deep puddles on the trail! That’s too bad that you were wearing your old hikers. But good for you for still getting out to enjoy the scenery. Even in the rain, the forest still looks beautiful.

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    1. It was wet and this was the best part of the loop trail. I imagine the other side might well have been impassable without water wings. It was a great hike to see what we had missed and the seas were wild. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan

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