with some blemishes
30.08.2009 - 31.08.2009 15 °C
Yesterday we woke up early (9:30am) because we had arranged with some other Tonquin campers (2 german girls, a Quebecoise and Bryan - I don't know where he's from, he's just Bryan) to go surfing. So we all met up in the cafe/bakery in town and had a breakfast together before heading over to the local HI hostel to checkin (we had reserved spots a couple of days ago when it was raining, and weren't able to cancel the reservation anymore - I would have loved to stay at the beach the whole time but oh well, it has it's pros nonetheless). Then we went and rented the surfboards + wetsuits for 40 bucks and each little group set off to the designated surfing beach of the day in it's own way. Bryan semi-tried to hitch-hike but ended up walking the whole way, the 2 germans hitch-hiked too far and ended up walking, and me an Patrick, well, we drove with the Quebec girl in her car straight to the beach.
There we gave the girls a surfing lesson the way we had it 2 days before (some very funny moments there) and then spent the whole afternoon surfing, trying 180s on the board and eating cookies on the beach. After our 6 hours of rental were over, we returned the stuff and came back to the beach where we stayed a while until we realized that we still needed to go to the grocery store to buy our food.
This is where the pro of a hostel comes into play: we have a huge kitchen at our disposal.
So, we bought stuff for $50 total at the grocery store and started preparing our great feast of grapes, berries, ham, cheese, mushrooms, sauce, nutella and lots and lots of pancakes. Patrick showed his talent for being a chef by creating a fruit plate worthy of a 5-star gourmet restaurant (pictures to come) and I tried to avoid being pulled into the 4 man cooking team on 3 square meters...not that I'm lazy, it's just that "zu viele Koeche verderben den Brei" :P
Anyhow, it ended with all of us being full to the brim and not wanting to move a single inch.
Now, today we met again at the bakery. Have been there for roughly 6 hours now, hanging out, eating cinnamon rolls and the others writing post cards. In about 10 minutes we will hopefully be headed over to Long Beach (a really long beach near Tofino), before coming back to town to eat, maybe use the hostel sauna, and then build a fire at Tonquin Beach. We'll see how that goes.
That's it for now - oh, and we'll probably be staying at that goat farm in Fraser Valley from September 5 until...we find a car ;P