Sombrio Beach, Vancouver Island, BC
The Story of "River Meets Ocean"
After hiking down to Sombrio Beach, I looked both directions as far as I could see and wondered to myself... "why on Earth did I note this place as being special?" With nothing but rocky sand and flat coastline to the left and right, I nearly returned to the car.
Luckily, I knew myself better than that. I wouldn't have pinned this spot on my map if I hadn't seen something interesting to photograph there. So I just started walking to the left. Each corner I turned, I wondered if whatever I'd noted might be around the next corner. After about 30 minutes, I turned one last bend to reveal something I was not expecting to see in the slightest; this large, beautiful waterfall spilling into the emerald green waters of the Pacific Ocean!
The ultimate twist; this is NOT what I had noted as being the point of interest at Sombrio Beach! What I missed is a well-known secret waterfall that crashes into a narrow chasm somewhere along the way. As soon as I got back to internet and looked through my Google Map notes, I saw the picture I had INTENDED to take here and laughed while kicking myself. I'm grateful at what I discovered, and maybe even prefer it, but disappointed by what I missed.
Life is funny.