|It looks like an ordinary trail.....|
|But it leads to an enchanted forest....|
|Where silver jewelled lichen drapes the trees,|
|And mossy limbs point fingers skyward.|
|Where young fawn lilies spread|
|And snow nestles gently on the|
hearts of swordferns.
|Gnarled old trees gaze down on the river,|
|As steam rises from the canyon below, |
sunlight flirting with chilly waters.
|And a simple moss-covered stump...|
|Is home to a world full of faeries.|
(Notes: Today's Elder College 'Walk in the Woods' was right in the heart of Duncan. The Cowichan River below the trail is a popular spot, called Paradise Pools, where families tube and swim in summer. The start of the trail is off Cliffs Road near the first big bend - take the muddy, broken boardwalk just to the right of the chainlink fence. Wear good footwear and take a hiking stick for the slippery parts. Some of the trails are narrow and hug the edge of the cliff; but a few feet away, ones safe enough for leashed canine companions run parallel. Watch for trilliums, wild ginger, staghorn moss, fawn lilies and other beauties of nature. )