In addition you can read Postelsia, the annual journal of the Minnesota Seaside Station on line at:
Botanical Beach just south of Port Renferw is renowned for the variety of seaweed, and its amazing geology.
Gretchen, my very cool phychologist wife, and I spent three days exploring the beach last weekend with two good friends. It was an outstanding trip.
The outer coast is very different from my usual haunts of Puget Sound and always is demanding a visit....usually I end up on the fabulous Washington Coast but it was finally time to do the border crossing and ferry rides to Vancouver Island just to revisit the beach of my school days....1975 that would be. The beach is unchanged but the roads into Port Renfrew, 60 miles of gravel in 1975, are now paved in two directions....yippee.
While 1975 was a little depressing in that most of that side of the island had been recently clear-cut...today there are at least 30 year old trees in place of the ugly slashes....90% of Vancouver Island's old growth has been cut.
I have attached some images of the beach....now a protected park....yippee again. Two trails begin at Port Renfrew....the Juan de Fuca and the West Coast trails. The West Coast Trail is considered one of the premiere wilderness trails in the world and in places very challenging...to the point of dangerous.
So if you like hitting the low tide at a mind blowing beach, and even want to add a 50 mile challenging hike you need look no further.
|Sea Palm brown seaweed|
|Gretchen and friends|
|Red and Yellow sponges|
|Woody Chiton and anemones|
|Shield Limpets on Sea Palm|
|Mussel Bed Botanical Beach|
|Red Sea Slug and Six-rayed Stars|
|Graceful Coral Seaweed|
|Black Katy Chiton|
|Weird Beach Bum|
|Black Turbans with Hooked Slipper Snail|
|Spotted Dorid eating sponge|
|First Nations War Canoe|
|Big Cedar and tree huggers|
|Eaten Purple Sea Urchin with Aristotle's lantern Gretchen F. image|
|Gretchen F. image|
|Soule Creek B&B|
|Large black slug|
|Limpets on Sea Palm|
|Chalky Coral Seaweed|