Lower Avatar Grove was our favorite of the two, it seemed greener and quieter. Avatar Grove can be visited all year long, we were here in early October. The trails can be steep but it consists mostly of boardwalk so it’s not that bad. Someone with bad knees won’t be so happy. I didn’t mention the roads in the Upper Avatar post. You will need a 4 wheel drive, the roads can be really bumpy and uneven. It would be best to get a vehicle with high clearance from the ground.
Checking out the root systems of fallen trees was really cool. They are very intricate. You can see how tired I am. I like to joke my body is as stubborn as my personality, they don’t change. I was on NY time our entire 10 night trip to the west coast. Well, that did give me ample time to stretch each morning before our hikes.
Avatar Grove can be visited in an hour or two, we took longer because once we set out with our cameras; we can get stuck in one place for an a few hours.
Lots of humans with their doggies on the trail. I keep in mind that if the dog can do it, so can I. Also, dog walkers, don’t leave a baggie of poop in the woods, just let the dog crap in the forest because it will be absorbed into nature. As tourism has increased, so has the number of hikers with dogs, some pick up the poop in a doggie bag and toss it in the woods. So basically, they are putting garbage out there, the baggies will disintegrate very slowly but not as fast if the dog just took a dump in the woods just like the wild animals and let nature take it’s course.
By the end of the trip, I started to get more comfy in the woods. I started to wander off on my own when Vic and Toni stuck to an area taking pictures. I turned back when I couldn’t hear their voices anymore. I really wanted to walked farther but there are cougars, wolves, and bears in these parts so I figured stick with the group.
Walking amongst old growth trees is such a special experience. These trees aren’t as tall as the ones I saw in Muir Woods. Jeez, California Redwoods, you guys kind of ruined all trees! I love them all but have to remember BC trees aren’t CA redwoods. Tree friends, I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings when I think you’re smaller in comparison but you’ll always be much, much taller than me and you really are huge and glorious.
1 day in Campbell River to go on a grizzly tour and 3 days hiking weren’t enough outdoor time but to our bodies, it was more than enough time.
So long Vancouver Island with fresh plentiful air and trees I could talk to all day. Yes, I even talk to the banana slugs. The person writing this blog talks to her cats all day at home and when I volunteer at the shelter (you get the picture). I think I reminded Toni a bit of Bob Ross because I refer to everything as tree friends, animals friends, fish friends, etc. I did grow up on him and loved his show but I really mean it when I say friends because we all share the earth and her magnificent glory.