Time changes and so does the weather. All kinds of rain came with the wind. The drizzling species, the rain with little hard droplets which came traveling vertically into your face, or just a simple clear heavy downpour. Whatever you wish ! There’s always a rain you like when you’re on Vancouver Island when the fall comes to land. So the weather changed. Of course not in our favor for many hours and even days, but it came with an awesome natural power, hard to imagine when you had almost four months blue sky and great temperatures. In our rental red car, we explored the east coast of Vancouver Island, before heading to Ucluelet and Tofino. We camped at the Cowichan Lake. Great place: big lake surrounded by big forests ! Via Cowichan Bay, we explored Duncan, where First and Second Peoples made a nice totem route. Duncan Peoples also brew great coffee ! We circled the Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park (which is a complete island, and more), looking for the golden raccoons. No results, but a nice circular stroll with beautiful scenery.
Dreaming of Tofino in one of the pools in Nanaimo, we met Zoë. An amazing woman who belongs to Tofino. And Tofino belongs (partly) to her. If you ever go to that magical place with some folks, you can rent a place at Zoë’s at north beach. After struggling four months on the road, we finally made it to Tofino. One of those daydream places. We decided to take a B&B as our tent showed its first signs of being worn out and the campground in Tofino asks 50 dollars for one single night ! Great choice in not so great weather. After making camp, we rushed to the Surfsister to make arrangements for two day lessons. And then it happened the next day, we’re standing up straight on a board with the mighty ocean beneath for a short while. Then the ocean decides to reverse things. Suddenly you get a facial beach sand scrub whilst exhaling huge amounts of salt water hoping to survive… However, it’s such a great feeling even if it takes three hours to stand up once decently. The second day of learning new cool surf dude things was canceled, due to windy weather, so we rented wetsuits, gloves, shoes, two huge boards and a rack for the car. After an hour of heavy endeavours on the Chesterman Beach and the ocean, we’re getting totally exhausted. We called it a day concerning surfing the Pacific. The other thing we found pretty interesting between Tofino and Ucluelet was the forest. We did four short walks and it was really impressive. You’re walking in a rainforest (which was already pretty clear to us after 72 hours of continuous serious downpour) with amazing trees. You should have a look when you’re around. On the way back to Victoria, we had a glance at the Cathedral Grove. Wow ! Firs and red cedars all the way to the sky ! Some trees were already standing there for 300 years when C. Columbus touched the shores of North America and are still there !
Soon we have to leave Canada. Coming Thursday, British Airways will bring us back to Europe for a short visit.
Have a good day, S&M