It was a wonderful summer day to have a Parksville Wetlands walk. A great place to enjoy many different species of plants, animals and fungi.
A short distance to the trail head we passed through rolling meadows with hard hack blooming. There is a gravel trail to walk on that changes into a soft forest path as you enter the main trail. Also there is a sign so you know you are in the right place!
Over the railroad track and into the forest we go. No trains are running on this track today but maybe one day the train will go by as it use to.
The Oceanspray was blooming and the white flowers were draped everywhere on the paths. I felt like I was in a magic forest. It was very enchanting.
Beautiful red columbine flowers were also in bloom. They are vibrant red in color so they really stand out.
In conclusion, I am very thankful for all these day trails in the Parksville area. Easily accessible and a great place to find peace and serenity. Chill out time in nature is important to body, mind and soul.
I love to hike in Shelly Creek ravine close to my home. It is peaceful and quiet even though there is a major highway and city nearby. A few steps from the concrete city and you are immersed in the deep forest ravine of Shelly Creek. The air is fresh and the ground is soft for a lovely hike in the woods. Go play outside.
Shelly Creek has a large volume of water that flows down to the ocean in the winter. During the summer months the creek disappears underground for most of the summer. Because of this there are only a few areas that pool with enough water for fish habitat.
Many interesting plants and fungi grow in the creek area. Maidenhair ferns (Adiatum aleuticum) are very green and pretty. They are found very close to the creek which would indicate the need for moisture.
Throughout the ravine are remnants of the old mountain bike trails. The above bike jump is situated very high above the ravine. Some of the jumps have been repaired in the last year but they still need some work before they are usable. It would have be great to watch the riders use these jumps and get some air time!
Shelly Creek adventures in nature would be no fun without a canine companion. Russell is always in the creek when the weather is hot or when it is not!
In conclusion I hope you find your little local nature hide away and enjoy the healthy benefits of Mother Nature.