So March 19th today is a miserable wet day. About the only good thing you can say about it is it is rain and not snow! As you can see from the picture below, it was a lovely day last year, at least in the morning. This is another scene of Miracle Beach - not as stormy as the last ones. Once more we are at the 'dog' area. We went for a long walk in the morning, before packing up and heading back down island. We had an appointment for Easter Dinner at my 'Parksville' daughter's - Easter was on March 23rd last year - and since one of the reasons we had come over to the island at this time of the year was to see the Brant and as so far we had only seen them that one evening, we figured we should move back, at least temporarily, to where the Brant were located.
As we drove through Qualicum and Parksville we noticed a large congregation of boats, all clustered together. Turns out there was a Herring opening and all the boats were sort of jockeying for position and waiting for the exact hour to approach.
When we got back to Rathtrevor, this was when we found that the almost empty campground was now almost full, thanks to Easter and Spring Break coinciding. We found a spot up in the back, close to one of the walking trails and set up camp again for the next few days.
After supper we walked down to the water. The above shot shows part of the trail system that runs along the shoreline. This section was very new. Other sections are nicely outlined with attractive split rail fences as the park tries to funnel people from the trail, to the beach area, using only certain paths, rather than just cutting through where ever and destroying the vegetation in the process.
As we neared the beach we could hear a great ruckus, gulls crying and a lot of 'barking'.