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The West Coast Trail: Day Four

Day Four: 17.5km-0 (Tscowis to finish at Pachena Bay) “I can’t believe they’re right there! Have you seen them before?” Nick and I stood on the torn shoreline of the West Coast Trail, roughly 15 kilometers from Bamfield, the closest town to the start (or in our case, the end) of the West Coast Trail. The morning had been cool and cloudy, but we felt relaxed, especially because we knew that in just a few short hours, we would likely be eating pancakes in some small town on the way home. “I have, but never this close and never eating algae like that!” I replied. The subjects we were discussing were orcas, with said subjects directly off shore. We watched as their arrowhead fins, pitch black like basalt, sunk in and out of the water, their tails flipping upwards as they dove for the food they were scouring from the reefs below. To see so many animals so close was amazing, and while I wish we would have glimpsed a bear or cougar or wolf, …

The West Coast Trail: Day Two

Day Two: 62-42km (Camper Cove to Cribs Creek) By morning the sky had cleared and rain was no longer a concern. Still, our tent was damp from the night as we folded away the various parts into the tent’s pack. Nick boiled water for oatmeal and yerba mate as I changed into warm gear, thinking that the temperatures would remain cool since the first half of today’s hike would be inland. As soon as we started hiking, however, I needed to peel off rain jacket and rain pants, donning just a shirt and shorts. While I’d like to say that we were whine-free on this trip, it just wasn’t true. The backpacks felt heavier than the day before and while Nick complained of sore shoulders, I whined that my hips were bruised from the pack’s waist strap. After a few kilometers of continually stopping to figure out how to fix the issues (hint: wear a shirt around your waist for extra padding!), we settled into the meditation of the hike. After 10 kilometers of ladders, suspension bridges and …