This is a protected area of ancient forest a short drive from the small village of Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island. Logging has long been the main employment opportunity here, but with the shrinking percentage of old growth temperate rainforest and a burgeoning tourist influx, it may not be too late to protect and cherish some of these very special places. Tress here can be as old as a thousand years and reach towering heights in excess of 250 feet. One must traverse logging roads and some fairly steep and muddy forest floor terrain to access this grove, but to say it is well worth it is to issue a huge understatement. My second visit to the grove occurred this past May, when my brother Curt and I were fortunate enough to have both the Upper and Lower groves all to ourselves. I will share a lengthy serial now, for tree lovers, nature lovers, and people who crave the sight of Nature with a reduced human footprint. To discourage visitors from disturbing the ancient forest floor, the main trails are marked and in the Upper grove there are rudimentary "staircases" placed here and there. I gave my little Canon Powershot to Curt so that between the two of us, we could capture a nice cross section of the views. Here you see me dwarfed by a gigantic trunk.