The Kinsol Trestle

How can nature be so full of life-lessons?

One of the first places I was told to visit when I arrived here was the Kinsol Trestle. The walk to the trestle is about 1km each way and is flat and wide. We chose a day when neither of us were feeling particularly energetic and set out on the stroll to the Koksilah River.

The Kinsol Trestle is a rail bridge finished in 1920 and designed for rail cars carrying the old growth logs that the Island was known for in its day. The last train ran over the bridge in 1979 and the bridge was abandoned in 1980.

Once the rail bridge was abandoned the rail company gave it to the Ministry of Transportation and it was added to the Trans Canada Trail. However, the bridge was in disrepair and unsafe for crossing.

In 2008, it was decided that the bridge would be restored and on July 28th, 2011. The bridge was reopened to the public.

And what a bridge it is!!!!

The Kinsol Trestle is a magnificent structure! Measuring  617 ft (188 m) long, it is the largest wooden trestle in the British Commonwealth.

Kinsol Trestle

It is 144 ft (44 m) high which makes it one of the highest railway trestles in the world!

Tallest Trestle!

It really is a magnificent feat of engineering and we marvelled at the complexity of the enormous structure.

Feat of EngineeringWe climbed down to the river bed and my old water-loving instincts kicked in. Paul chuckled in amusement as I tore off my shoes and socks and rolled up my jeans. I just can’t resist crystal clear water….I don’t care how cold it is!

Koksilah River

We waded in the water for a while and snapped photos and simply enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the warm fall day. It was one of those days that reminds me of my childhood. Just wandering around exploring stuff with no set goal or purpose. Just being, experiencing and absorbing that experience.

Little Fern

I couldn’t help but feel a special bond with this little fern. He was so tiny compared to the giant ferns on the shore. He seemed so exposed, so alone amidst the raging waters.

Life can often feel like that.

Yet, I love how nature has a zeal for life that we humans often lack.

I love that wherever vegetation can grow – it does, and it does so with everything its got!

It’s a great lesson.

Lone Fern

There have been many times in life when I have been in a place that I haven’t wanted to be. I have felt stuck – stranded. It doesn’t feel safe, it doesn’t feel fair, it’s difficult to grow and I can’t seem to get a sure footing. It’s easy for me to give up when I focus on all the things that are wrong with my life.

It seems to me, however, that in nature the focus is never on the things it doesn’t have. It seems to only focus on what it does have and pours all its energy into getting more. Tender roots can crack through solid rock to reach water and we’ve all seen the contortions a tree can put itself through to get closer to the light.

Maybe its all about what I focus on?

Maybe I should look at every situation in my life the way this little fern looks at its predicament on this tiny rock.

Perhaps its time that I look at every situation as an opportunity to grow.

Koksilah River