When I opened my eyes this morning the first thing I did was check the weather forecast, the times for high and low tides and the sunrise and sunset times. After all that pertinent information was gathered I put my feet on the floor and began my day. Once again there would be no storm watching here in Tofino. This would be a more purposeful day of capturing special seconds in time to make a collection of wonderful west coast beach memories. Disclaimer: If you are one of my followers who reads my words from beginning to end then you may need to prepare a snack to have as you settle in for my story.
I enjoyed this morning's initial light of day from the lawn chair on my patio still in pj's yet with fleece over top along with hat and gloves plus a coffee in hand.
I watched the shades of blue come alive and I was realizing what kind of a day I would be in for. I snuck off my patio into the trees in my pj's to quickly steal this shot.
After breakfast and being properly attired I took a longer stroll on my beach to the far end so I could get a full on view of the Lennard Island Lighthouse.
It is a short drive down the road to a long beach called Long Beach. This beach would take a long time to hike so I went prepared. I timed my start for when the tide was beginning to head out for the day.
When I looked to my left I could see beach forever. I admired what was right in front of me first then began my beach comb. There was driftwood galore of all sizes. Seashells were plentiful. Sand is firm for easy walking. The beiges, the blues, are all beautiful. There was so much to take in, too much for one set of eyes.
The waves lightly crashing made this a very peaceful place. As I said I could see beach forever plus this was too much for one set of eyes, and I had a long way to go on Long Beach. I took time to think of three special people in my life. The beach means much to each of these maritime ladies for very individual reasons. In spirit, I had them with me each step of the way along this piece of paradise.
It was a unique experience to be on a summery time like beach and be able to capture winter like frostiness.
I see something here! Do you? One couple I chatted with saw Stonehedge. I see pillars, tightly together, strongly supporting each other, as if they were life long friends and a soul sister.
I reached the far end eventually, then made my way back. I kept looking back as the lighting was amazing. I also wanted to get last glimpses to take away.
I reached my vehicle then drove off to another beach that had lots to offer. Chesterman Beach was in the opposite direction yet only a mere few minutes from Long Beach, so not a long drive.
When the tide is low you can stroll all the way out to Frank Island which I did. Parts of this tiny rocky Island are off limits where there is a private residence.
I walked around the back side of Frank Island to where I had a view of my home away from home. It was time to head back there so I could set up for sunset.
By the time I arrived back at my home away from home there were no puffy fluffy nor wispy clouds in the sky. I wondered what kind of sunset there would be! Sunset seekers lined the beach and we all waited. Then it happened, a truly beautiful sight!
Now it was time for dinner & wine, then to put my feet up by the flickering candle light. I turned to head to my suite and it just never ends, another special second in time.
This was a most magical day! In my first post about this place, I shared that a friend said there is something about Tofino but she could not put her finger on it. Maybe it's a spiritual thing she said. I thought I would have figured this thing out by now, but no luck. This place has captured my spirit and my heart!