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Rainforest Therapy: Happy Damp Canadian Thanksgiving

Gorgeous slug enjoying the dampness—C.Helbig

Gorgeous slug enjoying the dampness—C.Helbig

I’m not traveling far afield this holiday weekend. Sadly, my mom is in the hospital and I’ve been feeling blue. The best therapy for me when I’m in a funk is to get out in the forest. Despite the gloomy weather, the rainforest just above my house near Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver gives me an instant boost. I love the moisture dripping from the ferns, the fat banana slugs on rotting logs, the squishy ground laden with conifer needles…I’ve been here hundreds of times, but it never fails to make me happy and thankful that I live here. I’m also thankful for all of you: my readers and the amazing blogs I have discovered through you guys. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving (whether you’re Canadian or not)! Continue reading

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Cypress Falls Park: My Favourite Rainy Season Hike

Cypress Falls Park, West Vancouver—C.Helbig

Cypress Falls Park, West Vancouver—C.Helbig

It’s cold, wet, and dark. November is a nasty month on Vancouver’s North Shore. It’s tough to get motivated to do a hike. But, when I can muster the motivation, I head to Cypress Falls Park in West Vancouver. This little gem of a hike is at its best during our soggy season. The creek is transformed into a raging torrent, waterfalls are dramatically swollen, ferns hang heavy with beads of moisture, mosses are resplendent and trails turn into wet, muddy obstacle courses.  Hollywood could not find a better set for a primordial rain forest scene. Continue reading

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