gateways to the
Pacific Rim National Park
, a beautiful chunk of
wild nature with a temperate rainforest, deeply carved coastal rocks
and deserted beaches. At the hotel desk, we ask what is the most
beautiful walking route. "The Wild Pacific Trail!", they reply in unison.
So, we put on our walking shoes and follow the recommended path.
And it really is beautiful! This is a zero-stress environment. The salty
air and the fresh smell of the trees open our airways. The route runs
parallel with the completely unique coastline. Behind every corner,
a totally different view of the ocean awaits us. We see erratic rock
formations pounded on by the mighty waves, idyllic sandy beaches
where washed-up wreckage bears witness to the unmerciful storms
that rage here mainly in the winter, and tide pools in which shrimps,
crabs and sea anemones have found a temporary habitat. After nine
kilometres our trip is finished. Tired but satisfied, we settle ourselves
on the large terrace of
the Black Ocean Front Resort
with an aperi-
tif. We are waiting for the sunset that always provides an unparalleled
spectacle on the west coast. Slowly the golden ball sinks downwards.
Once more it lets its rays sparkle on the surface of the water in all
their glory and then, in purple-pink and mandarin-orange shades, it
disappears into the blue of the night.
where wind, rain,
forest and see
meet the sunshine.'