I drove to Port Alberni stopping to climb the clock tower. It seemed a strange name for the town since I’d been driving inland across Vancouver Island, but the port was situated at the end of a long inlet. Light rain forced me down from the tower so I continued on to Cathedral Gorge in MacMillan Provincial Park.
The trail was a short, easy walk through giant cedars believed to be 800 years old. The girth of some of the trees was enormous, the water from a silent shallow stream, pristine. As I came out of the forest, the parked cars and passing traffic was a different world.
It was time to head home; catch a ferry from Nanaimo and put away my travel urge for another day.