Chin Beach on the Juan de Fuca Trail – New Year’s Eve 2016

It’s the end of December here in Victoria and it’s beautiful. I’m talking bluebird skies, warm weather, bright sunshine. The kind of weather that just tugs at a person and makes them want to go outside just to breathe in and out for awhile.

Shana had been mentioning that she wanted to camp for New Year’s Eve and I had been pretty non-committal up to this point but with the weather being what it is, we quickly made plans to head out for some beach camping.

We had through-hiked the Juan de Fuca trail for our honeymoon and really liked some of the beaches, Chin and Bear, so we decided we’d hike the “unofficial” access route from the road down to the beach. It’s an easy hike, all downhill on the way in and only takes about 30 – 45 minutes.

On the way in we stopped to do a little geocaching, The Chin Beach Lone Redcedar, a beautiful lone reminder of some of the “monster” trees that used to live here before it was logged. It’s the last of the forest giants in this area and is truly awesome to see!

Chin Beach, the Lone Redcedar

It was only about a 10 minute walk, about 200 metres, off the road to get here and so it wasn’t much more than 20 minutes later we were standing on Chin Beach.

Sunset over Chin Beach

Sunset on Chin Beach.

The sunset for the last night of 2015 was absolutely spectacular. As we watched it set over the Olympic Peninsula we talked of what an amazing year we both have had together. Looking back at where we were on New Year’s Eve of last year, Shana was still living in New Brunswick, I was here in Victoria, and now a year later, we’re here together in Victoria, married and loving life more than we ever have!

The sunset for the last night of 2015 was absolutely spectacular. As we watched it set over the Olympic Peninsula we talked of what an amazing year we both have had together. Looking back at where we were on New Year’s Eve of last year, Shana was still living in New Brunswick, I was here in Victoria, and now a year later, we’re here together in Victoria, married and loving life more than we ever have!

2015 was not the best year of my life, however, despite all these wonderful and amazing changes. It’s the year where the best years of my life began though. I love you Shana, more today than yesterday and much more in 2016 than I did in 2015.

PS: We found this on the beach as we were leaving, any idea what it is?

PSS: For those who would like, here is one minute of a beach campfire.

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