in one of my last blogposts I told you about my hiking trip to Cape Scott. I said I was going to tell you more about it so here we go.
Cape Scott was one of the best things I did during my time in Canada. I had never done anything like it before so I was super curious.
But let me start from the beginning.
In school I heard about a “hiking club”, that’s what the announcement said, and normally I probably wouldn’t have paid attention but for some reason it stuck in my head so my friend and me decided to go to the meeting an check it out. I’m not a hiking person whatsoever so I didn’t know why I went there in the first place but as my teacher told us everything about the trip my smile just got bigger and bigger. Do you ever see or hear about things and you just know it’s what you gotta do? That’s how I felt.
I immediately told my parents and after convincing my dad that it was the one thing that was going to change my life, he was a little concerned, they agreed.
My group got chosen to do it and there I was. Very excited and a little nervous.
Let me tell you a little bit about the hiking trail and Cape Scott before I continue. So you drive up Vancouver Island as far as the roads let you and at some point the highway changes into a logging road that you have to drive up. You get off your vehicle at a parking lot and then the hike starts. From the parking lot to our campsite (Nels Bight) it was a total of about 18k. There are two water stops, a lake and a river. There’s some boardwalk but most of the time you have to pay attention to all the roots on the ground. After the 18k you end up on a very beautiful beach.
To be honest, at first I was a little lost, because there was so much stuff to think about. Especially planning the food was difficult. Since I never had done anything like that before I didn’t really know what kind of food was the best to bring. Me and my friends (my food group) were wandering around the store without having any ideas on what to bring but in the end we ended up with instant food which was, looking back, not the best thing I’ve ever eaten but it was fine and I didn’t starve;). Of course we also brought a lot of snacks and our breakfast was actually really good and I would eat it again any time (quinoa and trail mix).
Once we had our food I was a little more relaxed. I got all my equipment, I lend a backpack and a sleeping pad from a friend and my host family had some things for me as well. The next challenge was to get everything into my Backpack (50l). That was quite something and I still don’t really know how I managed.
The night before I didn’t sleep that well and I also went to bed way too late, but my excitement in the morning was bigger than my tiredness.
My host mum gave me a ride to my school (we met at 6am) and so the adventure began;)
(read about the actual adventure in part 2)
Have a nice day & smile a lot!