Sunday, August 10, 2014

A New Fairy Colony

      One goal for my summer holidays is to explore other communities
                      where I have heard there are fairy doors.
This past week my husband and I traveled to Salt Spring Island, one of the southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia.  I read about the fairy doors on SaltSpring Families blog and wanted to find them.
There are two routes to the top of Mount Erskine and we followed the one the author wrote about thinking that it wouldn’t be too difficult because her children hiked with her.  But I wouldn’t recommend the trail for children under 5 as it is very steep.
After climbing for 30 minutes, and almost giving up hope that we would find any, we found this one.  Tucked inside the bottom of a big, beautiful tree.  The bright orange door made it easy to spot.
Finding the door encouraged me to keep climbing higher and after nine more minutes we found another.  It was bigger and maybe perfect for a gnome.  The door has it own keys with lots of presents left behind by visitors.
   The third and last door we found, on the way up, is my favourite. 
  It is mounted in a big rock and is very visible from the trail below.
Decorated with an artistic painted tree and a miniature door handle set it apart from the other two.  Someone has left behind a miniature dream catcher hanging on the door handle.
We made it to the top and met another couple who had traveled up on the other route.  When asked about fairy doors they said they didn’t see any on their path but I suppose if you’re not looking you may overlook them.
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We decided to go down the other route just for a change and happened to find one more door.  It is on the backside of the tree and not noticeable if you’re climbing up.
This fairy’s gold wings glittered in the sunlight and drew us in for a closer look.
                            A note left behind from believers.

I recommend a visit to Salt Spring Island, it’s beautiful, welcoming and wonderful to explore. 
            It has become an annual camping destination for us.