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Ucluelet -> Tofino

sunny 17 °C
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So, we in fact didn't drive to Ucluelet, because our hitch-hike drivers were headed to Tofino, and we were just happy to get to a town.
Anyways, Tofino is an awesome little town. Especially since we're not paying anything for our accommodations, which is camping in the forest of a nice little recreational park called Tonquin Beach. It's not that legal, but there's about 20 backpackers just camping out in the forest right by the beach. It's a great little community there, everyone's friendly, and in the evenings we just make a campfire by the beach and sit around it with 15-20 people while eating mushrooms that some chef from Quebec picked in the forest (Yes, I am eating mushrooms O.o).
Yesterday we had a 3 hour surfing lesson, and it was absolutely awesome fun. 2 meter waves coming in a 5 second interval = enough chances to try to surf. Even though each wave feels like a punch in the gut and gets you tired real quick while walking in to the water to ride the surf, it's just an awesome feeling to catch a wave and ride it down to the beach (we're not taking the real waves, just the white surf). Anyways, at some point my safety line ripped and I got an instructor surfboard which was indescribably more difficult to ride (it was slippery). But I did get up on it once, to the end of the lesson, but when I fell off and the surfboard shot away only to recoil through the safety line and zip back at me, I tried to stop the board from hitting my face by grabbing the fin....baaaaad idea. Those instructor boards had really hard and sharp fins. Soooo, I got a nice little (about 5mm deep I think) cut on the inside of my thumb - putting me out of the last 10 minutes of surfing :( But it's fine, bandage and not moving it do help and I will try some surfing again tomorrow :D
Other than that we met a family (they have a baby and a 10 year old with them and are camping out at the beach like we are, because they're here for a wedding O.o) that bought an old school bus that was camperized for 1500 - giving us high hopes to find an awesome and affordable car for a road trip - we'll see if it'll be a school bus, probably not.
And after Tofino (we don't yet know when we'll leave) we'll be going to a farm in Fraser valley, that much we know - we have the choice between a vegetarian womans farm surrounded by mountains and a goat farm somewhere around there as well. We'll see which one it will be, but I'm confident that it will all work out to our advantage, it always does at some point.

peace out

Posted by Shirker 14:33 Archived in Canada Tagged backpacking

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