My son-in-law and grandson wanted to take me to see the giant Douglas Fir they had found. It was a dreary day, and getting late, but we headed out to Cultus Lake Provincial Park to try and find the trail.
It wasn't a long walk, but it was uphill all the way.
I lagged along at the back, while my son-in-law hunted for the right trail. There weren't any signs after the one at the start.
We were often walking over a carpet of Bigleaf Maple leaves - huge!'
This giant Douglas Fir was actually located on a short trail out of a campground - now shut for the winter. So we were walking up campground roads until we were nearly there.
For the first time I had the feeling that I was really in the rainforest. I've seen the moss on the trees, but this was spooky with moss, and with huge tall trees all around - and it was raining.
Then we saw it in the distance up the slope, definitely a huge tree! Sorry for the raindrops on the camera lens!
A short distance up an unsigned footpath, through the spooky rainforest, and there we were.
This was the biggest living tree I have ever seen. I know the Redwoods and Sequoias can outdo it, but this was amazing to all of us. That's my grandson, with his umbrella. Gives you some perspective on the size.
I forget that at the 49th parallel, it gets dark a lot earlier. Suddenly it was getting dark, and I tried a flash to show up the tree. It showed up the raindrops more! But we had successfully found the giant Douglas Fir, one of the largest left in B.C. A memorable adventure. And by the way, our daughter and son-in-law are doing a great job of making their kids into outdoor kids! Energy to burn, and never a complaint about the hiking.