… Lonely and dreaming of the west coast

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Where my summer plans were up in the air before, I now know that at the end of June I will both treat and punish myself by walking 77 kilometers along Vancouver Island from Port Renfrew to Bamfield. The people at I-needtoknow.com have this to say about the West Coast Trail, and more:

  • it’s a near perfect hiking experience in pristine Canadian wilderness
  • on no other trek have we taken as many photos
  • mystic dawns and mind-blowing sunsets
  • pretty beaches, cool caves, hidden pocket coves, weird cliffs and coastal geology
  • it’s challenging — though 99% of those who start (somehow) finish
  • thrilling boulder and log walking between Thrasher & Owen Point
  • scrambling up slippery Sandstone Creek
  • playing at Hole in the Wall
  • impossibly situated pretty Tsusiat Falls
  • walking in impressive old growth forest
  • share the trip with whales, sea lions, mink. Maybe bear and cougar. Or even wolves!
  • ship wrecks and other historical artifacts
  • cable cars and ladders can be “fun”
  • campfires below the tide line
  • no biting insects

So you can see that Fish and I are in for some challenges. Between now and when we leave, we’re both training to get closer to peak physical condition. For the rest of the summer, I’ll be biking to work every day (unless it snows, like it’s supposed to next week) and training at the gym about five times per week.

This process overrides the Fat Zombie mission. Since I got my bike a few weeks ago, I’ve trimmed down, but not lost any weight. So now it’s Training for the WCT. I may or may not keep you updated on my progress.

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One Response to “… Lonely and dreaming of the west coast”

  1. terrillbodner
    June 21, 2008 at 4:27 pm #

    I hope you have a great experience hiking the WCT. Eight of us from Prince George are planning to hike from south to north Aug. 6th to 12th (7 days). I hope you booked your trip. It took me three hours on the phone June 1st before I got someone live to book the hike. We are so looking forward to this trip. So far, we’d been backpacking in Jasper and Mt. Robson areas, but to hike by the ocean in the summer will be new to us. I can’t wait.