A bench to honour a friend
in the spirit world
An example of culturally modified trees.
The Nuu chah nulth use the bark
in their cedar weaving and basket work.
"Listen carefully with your whole being
to the ones who are now quietly speaking....
observe the plants, animals, forest,
ocean, sky and heavens -
that reality which is the source of life."
There is a system of interconnecting trails winding
through the forest and down to the beach.
The village of Tofino and
the Nuu chah nulth people
joined together to expand the trail system.
It was a wonderful Sunday afternoon walk,
with views of water and forest.
I thought I would share it with you.
This forest is all second growth.
In the 1930's, local history has it,
a man had a 500 acre allotment in this area,
and he clearcut the whole thing.
Thankfully, it has grown back,
and there are some big trees
among the younger ones.