Last August Maelys and I took our boots to Arnica Lake as we stepped into Strathcona Park for the very first time. It was a hike that had it’s ups and downs but we me made it through and we were stronger as a result. We weren’t supposed to be hiking to Arnica lake on Mount Phillips. We had originally planned to do Mount Arrowsmith … Continue reading Sickness in the mountains – Listen to your body
The usual morning routine. Breakfast and packing away camp. It was a beautiful morning as the fog still hadn’t lifted off the river. I was in better mood today but I think this was mainly because I know that today was the last full day. And tomorrow’s hike will be a short 10k. Perfect. I had also accepted that this was a heads down and destination based trip rather than focusing on enjoying the journey. This made it easier to enjoy.
In the morning I filtered my water and had my standard breakfast of oats, trail mix and water. Yum. After we were packed we were back on the trail again at around 8am.
Waking up pretty bleary eyed, we grab a taxi into town for some early morning breakfast. The rain hadn’t stopped all night. We managed to find one place that opened at 6 am which was a blessing as we didn’t have any food with us at the house. We scoffed our breakfast but we were cutting it a bit fine. The shuttle was scheduled to leave at 06:45. It was 06:43 by the time we left the breakfast place. Still chewing on our last mouthfuls we made a dash for it.
So the day has come for us to leave.
We are packed and ready. We needed to get from Kits, Vancouver to Victoria, where the Shuttle Bus will be picking us up the next morning (6am) to take us to the trail head.
“We should do the West Coast Trail [WCT] before the end of the season” said Flo
“OK”, said Scott. And that was all it took. Would I regret this?
Day 1 = WTF am I doing
I rose nice and early to catch my first ferry of the day from Horseshoe Bay, but the first task was to cross Vancouver City to get to the North Shore. Vancouver is the biggest city en route before San Francisco so although it’s pretty easy to navigate, it was a bit stressful.