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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Life Experience! West Coast Trail.

Today I did something I've been wanting to do for years. I hiked out to Pachena Lighthouse on part of the West Coast Trail. The West Coast Trail is a 75 km hiking trail that runs along the western edge of Vancouver Island. It was originally called the Dominion Lifesaving Trail and was built in 1907 to help rescue shipwreck survivors from the treacherous waters of the Graveyard of the Pacific. Imagine surviving the shipwreck only to die of dehydration or starvation in a remote region.

Nowadays it forms part of the Pacific Rim National Park and is one of the most popular hiking trails in the world. It takes about 5-6 days to complete at a nice pace (DH and DS are contemplating doing it next year), but frankly my bones couldn't take it.  Today, I walked 10 km in, 10 km out, and was grateful we didn't encounter bears or cougars though we could hear the sea lions just off the coast. In fact, the most wildlife we saw were giant banana slugs on the path. We walked through temperate rainforest and negotiated a series of eight huge ladders that, for me, were the hardest part of the hike. 

I've set two books in the region, but the scenery and isolation is so inspiring I can't wait to set another story in this wonderful landscape. 

I hope you like my photos! 

What's on your bucket list?


Cathy Perkins said...

Love the pictures (we ran away to the coast this weekend too - a little bit south of where you were)

Hmm... do I have a bucket list? Only thing I can think of is dive Australia's Great Barrier Reef before it's completely destroyed.

Anne Marie Becker said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos, Toni! It brought back memories of a family trip to that area of the world about 7 years ago. Such a beautiful area! And yes, I vividly recall the banana slugs. LOL Bucket list? Exploring the New Zealand-Australia-Fiji area!

Rita said...

Lovely photos. I envy your travels.

jean harrington said...

Beautiful, beautiful images, Toni. Thanks for the vicarious trip.

Marcelle Dubé said...

Ooh... gorgeous photos, Toni!

Toni Anderson said...

Thanks, guys!

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