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best week of our lives

By on August 4, 2016

Other working titles for this blog post:

“Imagine if it was raining”

“Well, that was bullshit”

“Knee brace; the undervalued accessory”

On July 24, Denis, Annette, Tom and I headed north from Port Renfrew to Bamfield on the West Coast Trail.  We thought we knew what we were getting into-we had read everything on the internet about it as well as several books.  We thought we might struggle.

But we THRIVED!

Well, thrived might be a bit of an exaggeration.  More like, we survived.  We also took a lot of video and I put together a collaboration.  If you have about 4 minutes of your life to give up, watch it here:  West Coast Trail Video

Here is a quick overview of our trip and what it entailed:

Sleeping in a tent

6 sleepless nights spent in a tent that manages to keep all smells in while not letting a refreshing breeze in.  Annette has a cute little story about the mouse who found a way in to her tent on night 6, and scurried across her arm just as she fell asleep.  Something about punching Denis and tipping the entire tent upside down.  Talk to her about it sometime.

Our cosy little tents set up side by side.

Our cosy little tents set up side by side.

Hiking

7 days of trekking 75km.  It’s more like 75 miles.  And the ladders.  And the hiking in the sand.  And in the mud.  And over/under/through trees.  And through the water.  Each day we were packed up and on the road by 9 and our day didn’t end until 3:30 at the earliest or 6:00 at the latest.  In case you can’t do the math, that is basically hiking all day!

Through the mist and the sand.

Through the mist and the sand.

Eating

Actually this part was not so bad.  2 days we were fed by restaurants along the trail.  Chez Moniques (not Monty’s sister) fed us 3 tall boy beers each and a delish burger.  Nitinat Narrows fed us fresh crab and halibut and only 2 regular sized beers.  Our only complaint was our lunches.  Turns out you can only eat so much beef jerkey and trail mix for lunch before you start to think about just being extra hungry for supper.

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Fresh crab and beers at Nitinat Narrows

Just sitting here cooking my own dinner on my birthday.

Just sitting here cooking my own dinner on my birthday.

Huge Packs

Carrying huge packs:  Denis weighed his in at 62lbs, Tom 60, Annette and I tied at 42.

Denis' weighs in at 62.  Hardcore.

Denis’ weighs in at 62. Hardcore.

Toilets (or not)

I mentioned earlier that we would have to bury our poo.  Turns out they have installed composting toilets at each campground.

These are excellent options if you:

  1.  Can climb the ladder to the toilet (harder than you might think)
  2. Have to go while you’re at camp.  Which is either first thing in the morning or at the end of the day.  So if you’re someone who is used to going at 10am everyday, you might want to talk to your body about this.  Just sayin’

Of course for other bathroom business,  we were happy to let it go anywhere.  Even on low tide if the other campers were just far enough away that they couldn’t make out your face.

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Wildlife

And I’m not just talking about our crew.  Sure, we were known as the party crew thanks to Annette bring 3L of wine and me getting a bottle of tequila for my birthday.  But, we heard of several close encounters with bears.  Which made some of us a bit more scared than others.  Thankfully my excellent jokes combined with Annette’s laugh kept them at bay.

Our first night with delicious red wine.  Well deserved!!

Our first night with delicious red wine. Well deserved!!

Injuries

Real or imagined, we had a few.  Luckily Denis used to be a medic in the army or something.  Whatever his title, it included being an excellent repairer of blisters.  Also, Tom brought two knee braces.  Day 1, Net grabbed one of them.  Day 2, Denis had the other one.  Day 3, I asked Annette if it was my turn to wear one.  I then took turns between both knees for a couple days to make sure they were well looked after.  If you look closely in the pics, you will see at least 2 people in knee braces at all times.

Blister repair by a member of the Royal Canadian Medic team reserves.

Blister repair by a member of the Royal Canadian Medic team reserves.  Note the medic also has a knee brace on.

Beautiful scenery

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better it did.  The beach scenes were gorgeous, the forest scenes were gorgeous.  The views from the bridges-gorgeous.  And there are 2 hole in the wall cave things to walk through.  Amazing!  And all of it is pretty unspoiled.

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On our way to hole in the wall #2. We had to get there quickly to beat the tide. And did so with no time for pics at the actual hole in the wall.

One of our "hole in the wall" stops.  Annette had energy to do this.

One of our “hole in the wall” stops. Annette had energy to do this.

Positive attitudes

Oh, we had spills and falls.  And as soon as someone asked “Are you alright?”, the only answer to come back is “Yup, I’m Ok!”  That would usually be followed by a joke of some sort.  Probably we would see some duct tape later and maybe even a totally swollen wrist.  The only way out was either finishing the damn hike or getting evacuated.  And no one wanted to go that way.  So it was one foot in front of the other when we didn’t feel like there were any steps left.

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Denis

Denis

Kerri

Kerri

Tom

Tom

It was a week like no other in my life and I feel very grateful to have completed it.   What’s next?!

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12 Comments
  1. Reply

    Annette

    August 4, 2016

    RITVLMAO (rolling in the van…)!!!??? hilarious and perfectly accurate account of a very memorable and special week. I will read this many times!!! Thank you for capturing it in your usual funny way!!

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    Beck

    August 4, 2016

    Oh man!! Amazing Blog and even more Amazing Video! You guys should be the poster people for the West Coast Trail!!! Anybody want to do it again…With Park and I???? I knew I would, but am seriously having #FOMO big time!! It looked amazing… and you guys looked LEGIT!!!!!!!!!

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      Kerri

      August 4, 2016

      I think the 6 of us should do it! Next year?

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        Karen Olson

        August 5, 2016

        Loved the video! What an adventure.

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    Aimee

    August 4, 2016

    EPIC video of an epic hike. Come hike the Chilkoot next Milots!

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    Jennie

    August 4, 2016

    LOVE IT! So impressed – love the pics and video – how did y’all RUN with those packs on?!

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    Donna

    August 5, 2016

    Loved your summary. Very intrigued by your title–it says a lot!
    We couldn’t get the video to work. Robert wonders if it was removed because of the WCT title.

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      Kerri

      August 5, 2016

      Hey Auntie- any chance you can watch it on something other than an iPad? That seems to be the issue and I don’t have a clue how to fix it.

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    Aunty Sheryl

    August 5, 2016

    Great recap Kerri – such an amazing adventure – I’m with Donna though – video’s gone – possibly repost with different name – would love to watch it

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      Kerri

      August 5, 2016

      Hey there- I think it’s an iPad issue. Can you watch it somewhere else?

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        Aunty Sheryl

        August 5, 2016

        Now that you say this Kerri it most likely is the service we have out here in the boonies – definitely not the best – will try again once we get home – now I have something to look forward to ?

  7. Reply

    Mom

    August 6, 2016

    All I can say is WOW and congratulations to you all! Great and entertaining blog and video Kerri!

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