Happy 2013! We’ve decided to continue our free desktop calendar series for another year. It gives my husband Don a chance to show off the wonderful photography that he does in his spare time (and my shots aren’t so bad either).
Get your January 2013 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper! We took this photo, from the Rainforest hiking trail within Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island, less than a week ago.
Pacific Rim National Park is on Vancouver Island’s west coast, not far from the surfing and resort town of Tofino. Our friend, Pacific Northwest travel expert Sheri Doyle, recommended Tofino to us when we asked her where we should spend Christmas. We had specific criteria for our destination: 1. Driving distance from Seattle. 2. Easy ways to enjoy nature. 3. Fresh seafood 4. Good WiFi access and 5. a place where we could really relax.
Tofino met all these requirements. It’s not the cheapest place we could have gone – restaurants were surprisingly expensive, for a surfer town – but renting a condo meant that we could eat most of our meals at home (we also brought a cooler worth of groceries with us to avoid island prices). Our condo complex, South Chesterman (managed by Tofino Vacation Rentals), was right on the beach, perfect for walks at low tide.
If you’re planning a trip here, make sure you have the right gear. This is one of the rainiest spots in North America, and if you’re not prepared to go out in a light drizzle, you might spend your entire vacation sitting inside. We brought muck boots for the beach, hiking boots for the trails, fleece pants, raincoats, gloves, hats, warm socks, scarves – and used it all.
Sheri had recommended several hikes for us within Pacific Rim National Park. We did both Rainforest Trails one day, and took the three-mile roundtrip hike to Florencia Beach on another. Because the ground is so soggy, the trails are set on boardwalks that wind through the forest. Very few people were in the park on Christmas week, so it felt like we were the only ones walking among trees that are up to 800 years old. It felt incredibly peaceful; we couldn’t have asked for a better way to unwind and prepare for New Year.
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