yesterday Dave and i went a little hike. well, a long hike. in total we walked over 20km. we started out in cape spear, the (disputed) most easterly point in north america and hiked north back to st john’s along the east coast trail. aside for some irritating moments where the trail was poorly marked, it was a great adventure.
there are many photos, so i will break them up into sections related to the hike.
cape spear – blackhead
we played in some of the WWII-era tunnels at cape spear before heading off. Shortly after leaving cape spear we noticed some whales breaching. we expect they were humpbacks. Mostly we saw explosions of water and heard the ‘slap’ of their fall back to the water. it was magic. we continued out hike to the small fishing community of blackhead
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The conference and preparing for my presentation occupied most of my time over the past two days, so I have no photos to post. Today, however, field trips were on the CAG docket and i opted for the cape spear to north head hike (a section of the east coast trail)
or at least what felt like a lot. i and several of the others turned back mid-point, afterwhich the rain (naturally) all but stopped. While stupendous vistas were ruled out by the thick fog, it brought it its own type of beauty. though most of the jaunt was too wet and windy to bring out the camera, i still managed to get a couple of shots. see below
i’m in st john’s, newfoundland, ostensibly for an academic conference i am attending (and presenting at), but truly i’m here to soak up the loveliness of the east coast.
here is what i saw today:
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the reason we went to tofino is because i wanted to explore clayoquot sound, which is a beautiful, diverse, and endangered ecosystem. it was home to anti-logging protests back in the 80s.
it was on the top of my list of places i wanted to see in the world. We booked a 6 hour kayak tour called ‘clayoquot explorer’ because i wanted to spend as much time paddling through the sound as possible.
the tour was not aptly named. we basically paddled out to the very edge of the sound along the pacific ocean. it was nice in its own right, but not at all what i wanted. the next day we went into the sound and hiked up a mountain though, so that made up for the disappointment. those photos are to come
we collected a bunch of these to varnish and display… they didn’t survive the trip back to the mainland.
we pulled up onto vargas island to eat lunch. if you looked out from the inlet you were looking out to the open pacific ocean
while out exploring tofino
they are so neat
is anyone else singing ‘under the board walk, we’ll be having some fun’?
every now and then i relinquish control of my camera
and i don’t usually like it
this was one of those times
i think dave took this picture… but we were both taking photos when we climbed up in so i am not sure
i took this picture while sitting under a gigantic red cedar tree. you could crawl all the way through it.
someone left this little easter egg on a trail
i bought some bc handspun yarn for a souvenir
on the beach again…
it’s christmas… it’s about time i finished editing and posting the photos from my summer vacations…
dipping my toes for the first time into the pacific ocean.
dave joining in on the fun
dave will LOVE that i posted these
i may look terrible, but this shot of dave simply had to go up
rather than go swimming i waded out to take sunset shots
a woke up early one morning to capture the sunrise. i chose the only gray morning. i am still pleased how well they turned out though
it makes me think of harry potter for some reason
plus there was a bald eagle in a tree on the beach. we hung out. way better than sleeping in.
it quickly became the trip tradition to go down to the beach in the evening
we found him in a tidal pool
rather than leave him alone
we put him on the sand
so i could take excessive numbers of photos of him. then we put him back in him pool
even though you cut up my hands that one time, i still love you barnacles
it was novel, what can i say.
dave drew a picture of me in the sand
and of a squid
and of his real true love
all washed up
i can’t recall this persons name now, but we ended up chatting for a while. he is a photography based out a toronto.
after an hour or lesson and a couple litres of ocean water up my nose, i finally got up on the surfboard for more than 3 seconds. I swear I only brained one child.