Day Six: Botanical Beach and Home

Kilometers 40 – 47 (+ the road walk to Port Renfrew) The forest canopy blocked the few weak rays of light that peaked through the overcast morning, with no chance of drying my tent I shook off the condensation and got ready to rejoin the world. My anxieties that had been soothed by the trail…

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Day Five: The “Bridges” to Payzant

Kilometeres 29 to 40 My tent was warm from the morning sun by the time I woke up,rolling over to see Amy sitting in the door of her tent, yawning. Grabbing my book,I settled on a sunlit patch of rocks, distracted by the rock spiders thatseemed to be enjoying the sunshine as much as I…

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Day Four: The Mud to Sombrio Beach

Kilometers 21 to 29 The cold misty morning met us as we stretched, my body less sore, slowly adjusting to the daily routine and the weight of my pack. We start a fire, debating the next section of trail to Sombrio Beach, where our little company would part ways. Amy was to join her sister…

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Day Three: 11 Hills To Chin Beach

Kilometres 9 thru 21 We intended to get an early start for the hike to Chin beach, having been forewarned that this next section, dubbed “The 11 Hills” was the hardest part of the trail. However, by the time we dragged ourselves from our downy sleeping bags and started a fire we’d decided we weren’t…

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Day Two: Bear Beach Without The Bear

Kilometers 2 thru 9 With the sun shining weakly I laid out my tent on the rocky beach to dry, content to drink my tea and chat with the other hikers about this moment we were sharing. Most of them were weekend hikers from Victoria, going no further, with only one couple – Erin and…

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Day One: Vancouver to Mystic Beach

Kilometers 0 to 2 Waking early to catch the 8:00 am ferry to Swartz Bay from Tsawwassen, I arrive excited, overladen, and anxious to hide my nervousness as I met the old friend who had agreed to drive me to the trail. After spending the morning meandering around Victoria we cruised along the long winding…

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