If you're here looking for the audio from Left at The Junction's vist this morning here it it
Please read on though for a great Valentine's Day contest
Long Beach Radio and Flowers By Sandra want you to tell us what the most romantic place in the Long Beach region. Take a photo and tell us a short story about why your choice is the most romantic place around. IS it the place you met your true love? Is it the boat that carried your madly in love parents across the ocean decades ago? Does the sunset always look best from that place on the beach? A panel of judges will consider the stories and pick a winner. That winner will recieve 2 dozen roses and a box of Godiva chocolates delivered, on valentines day to the location of your choice in Tofino or Ucluelet.
So, get your thinking cap on, strap on your cupid wings and grab the camera. Don't worry it's not a photography contest, we just want the photos so we know exactly where your romantic place is.
Submissions can be emailed to me @ email@example.com or hard copies can be dropped off at Flowers By Sandra in Ucluelet. Stories and Photos will be posted here so if you want don't want you romantic secrets shared change the names or something.
I'll start with an example to get things rolling.
This is the Cedar Sanctuary at the Ancient Cedar Spa in the Wickaninnish Inn. It's a lovely, stand-alone couples treatment room out on the rocks North of Chesterman beach. I'm sure that a treatment in that room with your loved one would be sublime but I've got a different story.... With the help of the Wick's staff I was able to sit in that room while sipping wine and watching the sunset after proposing to my wife. An elaborate ploy brought her to the room where I had prepared wine, canapes, some chairs, light music, photos of family, my Armani suit and a modest ring. I had never thought I was the marrying kind but the right woman changed all that.
There's my romantic place and story.... I'm sure there are a lot of great stories and magical places out there so please share. If you're reading this from far away but still want to participate please do and if you win I'll make sure your prize goes to a deserving local volunteer.
We have our first entry from the lovely Christine Edwards. Here is it
Fast forward to a few years ago when I was set up by my aunt and uncle with a handsome diver/pilot named Andy who was living part time in Tofino. I thought he was pretty cute, we had the same interests and most importantly HE LIVED IN TOFINO!!
After a whirlwind romance we moved to Tofino full time, started the Tofino Dive Shop and had the most precious little girl together who we named Ember Ocean. Last year, I married my soul mate on the most beautiful beach I have ever seen, on a chilly February evening, barefoot in the cold sand. I also married Chesterman's Beach that day, because it is a place that speaks to me like no other. So here I am, surrounded by the people I love most, in the place I love the best, and I have to say, I'm truly the luckiest lady I know!"
Thanks for your story Christine, Here's one from Wayne
"The most romantic location is easy to point out. Love is a hard thing to find and keep........... so this location reflects that. I've been to this location 22 times. Only the brave of heart need to apply and thats the reason why this location is without question the best spot to take your loved one. If you want a memorable Valentines Day,take your loved one up to the top of Lone Cone!
99% of everyone who hears this will not go up there and thats part of the charm to this spot. Only the strong of body and heart will be able to do this! So basically you have the best view in the area all to yourselfs!
The weather is the only sticking point however! It obviously has to be sunny,but than any location used by anybody has to have the weather as well!"
Oddly, despite being one of my favourite photographers Wayne didn't include a picture. However, if you look straight out the window at the radio station or down the end of the 1st Street Dock in Tofino that's Lone Cone.
Here's a typically long-winded one from Long Beach Radio's very own Cam Dennison.
I am writing about the most romantic place on the west coast. Oddly enough, I was introduced to this amazing place on Feb 14th 2010. Just one romantic year ago! I was taken on the 45 min long journey by my then new romance for the purposes of a picnic of sorts. All of the usual culprits that go with a romantic picnic, grapes, wine, really great cheese, fruit and by far, the most amazing view and experience I have ever had.
I wasn't expecting it, having adventured around our coast for years seeking out beautiful places and vistas, but I definitely got it. After a half hour drive from Tofino, we arrived at the Wickaninnish interpretive centre. From there we walked on the connector trail that goes from behind the centre to a beach that I now know is called south beach. From there I can say no more as the sacred spot is a little bit more of an adventure than that but, like any good and romantic relationship there should be a little seeking right?
I have done the West Coast trail and the North Coast trail two of the most amazing and rugged coastal trails in the world and wouldn't have believed that this vista existed so close to my own home. As we crested the trail to the top of the sacred spot, the sun was just preparing to set and the array of spectacular colours was stunning and a perfect prelude to our first kiss! Yahoo! I had waited and worked months for just this moment. Birds were soaring and there were just enough clouds in the sky to reflect the powerful rays of the sun in a myriad of directions. A pastel explosion unmatched by everything but the kiss.
After letting this experience sink in together and after a few more moments of blissful silence, my partner and new love, challenged me to see things a little differently. She proceeded to get on her hands and knees and then began to raise herself up into a perfectly balanced headstand. Reluctant at first though not willing to be outdone, I tried as well. Once, twice, she laughed at me from her askew vantage point, I got fired up and .... (almost) presto! My first prolonged headstand since my childhood and as it turned out, the beginning of my renewed love of my relationship with yoga. This truly was a romantic spot and a romantic time.
Preparing to leave our paradise, taking in the monumental waves bursting like fireworks, exploding like powerful thunder straight from the deep blue sea and traveling straight up into the breathtaking multi coloured sky. Hearing the birds sing all around us, neither of us felt like we ever wanted to leave but knew we needed to before the tide made the choice for us.
We got back to the path as the sun was just giving its last salute to this particular perfect day and found ourselves back at the junction of the path where there is a majestic and powerful Totem pole. I stopped to check it out and in my excitement to share what I had read about its meaning, turned to tell my new love to find her directly behind me, smiling. Then again, another mind blowing, heart warming kiss that I will never forget. A perfect memory etched in my mind and spirit forever.
I know that this is the most romantic spot on the west coast and for me anywhere. It will always remain majestic on its own and together with the memory of both my first valentines day and first kiss with my beautiful partner, it is the most romantic place in the world.
I will be back there this valentines day for sure and I get very excited by the prospect of having a wonderful bouquet of flowers and chocolate to surprise her at our romantic spot. I think I would make the effort to got there a little earlier and have everything there and set up (protected from the elements of course!) A bit of effort but both she and the spot deserve it!
Thank you for your considerations in making this happen for us.
I appreciate the opportunity. Even in writing this I am inspired to further romance.
What an amazing a special place we all live.
Cam sent along some pictures as well.
More stories coming, thanks for your contributions.
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