Long Live Alice, Long Live Wonderland

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Last time I went hunting for this mysterious spot , I came up short, only to discover that I was in fact very close to my target location.

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Thanks to a bit of researching however, I was finally able to locate my destination, later known as “1001 Steps!”

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Or so I thought; more on that later. Anyways, given that I was in the Vancouver area again, I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to finally revisit one of my favourite spots.

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Without wasting any time, I got right into it. 1001 Steps here I come! Although this entrance looks different than what I remember…

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…and I also don’t remember there being any signs of any sort, but who knows, maybe things have changed after four years?

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A quick glance down the spiraling staircase however would reassure me that I was on the right path…

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…but it was only after I had started to descend down the steps would I realize that this may be the wrong place after all. No matter, we continued onwards.

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At the bottom of the hill, the wooden staircase disappeared and had turned into a narrow gravel pathway. This little pathway went alongside the train tracks with the ocean just on the other side.

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The path eventually led to a small tunnel that went under the train tracks…

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…which was completely covered by some interesting graffiti by the way…

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…and finally out the other side by the ocean!

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This was a nice spot to enjoy the view and relax a little, but we decided to continue trekking on as this was unfortunately not the exact spot that I had been searching for. Back to square one.

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We continued on the rocky shore for a while before almost giving up. It wasn’t until we ran into a very kind couple that we got directions towards the spot we were looking for (I didn’t get their names, but thank you so much for your help!).

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They said the spot I was looking for was about a 30 minute walk north along the shore which didn’t sound so bad, especially on a beautiful sunny day. One glance at all the rocks on the beach however, and we decided to turn around…

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…and go back up the way we came.

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We drove around for a bit to find the correct entrance to what I later found out is called Crescent Rock Naturalist Beach, located in Surry, British Columbia.

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Once again, there was a wooden staircase, except this time it was leading too…

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…a metal overpass that goes right above the train tracks.

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Now I was sure we were at the right place.

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At the end of the overpass is this staircase that looks like something straight out of a Jurassic Park movie. At the bottom of the staircase is where I had initially found the Alice In Wonderland graffiti…

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…of which this piece currently resides. I wasn’t disappointed however as graffiti usually doesn’t last too long before it’s either painted over by the city or by other wandering artists.

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No matter, I made my way down to the beach to snap a few more photos before heading back up.

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The couple that I had run into earlier had told me that in the morning this beach is littered with hundreds of birds. There were still quite a few sitting near the shoreline when I had arrived.

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This is a very nice and quiet spot to relax for a while, so I took the opportunity to do just that as I probably wouldn’t get the chance to for the next little while.

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I also personally love the ocean, but being an Albertan, I don’t get the chance to see it too often.

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A quick glance back towards me and I knew it was time to go…

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…but I’ll be back here one day, that’s for sure!

-brandon.

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