A rainforest hike with Toni Chalk was exactly what our souls needed.
Hiring a guide made it so much more relaxing, having someone take care of it and we really like Toni. We’re booking with her again when we go back in Fall 2017. She likes to take pictures, we like to take pictures, we went at our own pace, it was great. She really cares for the environment, she’d pick up as much garbage as her pack could fit. Her friend John came along and he was pretty cool. We’d like to squat in her backyard if Trump wins and seek asylum in Canada. Yes, Toni, we invited ourselves into your garden without permission but our political situation is scary. You can check out her website here. She’s quite the photographer.
We needed to see trees, lots of them, really tall ones, old ones and we saw lots and lots of trees.
On our first day we got to check out Mystic and China Beaches along the Juan de Fuca Trail on Vancouver Island. The Juan de Fuca Marine trail is a 29.20 mile (47km) long. It goes from China Beach to Botanical Beach right outside Port Renfew. The Olympic Mountains from Washington State can be seen along many parts of this trail (we even got a US phone signal every once in a while). Some use this trail for day hikes, others go on a multiday hike which takes 4 to 6 days depending on your speed. The park has areas of old growth Sika spruce trees and ancient red cedars. A lot of the park is second growth and recent tree plantings from clear cutting in the 1970s to 1980s.
I don’t mind suspension bridges. I have a fear of heights but I’m okay in certain situations like these but there is one suspension bridge and mountain that weirded me out. I’ll get to that several posts later.
The river below.
There are a few boardwalks and some don’t have railing, the ground is uneven so watch your feet. If you want to take a pic, stop and then shot. Don’t do it while walking, you can hurt yourself. Our guide started her tour by saying that.
These roots were almost as big as us on the fallen tree.
Rope leftover from logging days.
The walk in the woods to the beach was amazing and it was here that I realized 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have done this hike.
So glad our wide angle could kind of fit these two.
We met a really beautiful dog adopted from a shelter. Her name is Pepper and she really likes to dig holes. I love watching people hike with their dogs, they look so happy.
It’s a really safe island too. You can leave your backpack on the beach and walk around. Just watch out for those crows, they stole Toni’s lunch.
This is better in person.
Swing for the brave. They told us every year someone takes down the swing and someone puts it back up. There’s a waterfall in the distance.
I’ve always wanted to see the Pacific Northwest after seeing the movie Goonies, it’s a great movie. This view was everything I could ask for.
Driftwood never stays in the same place.
There’s a small cave too.
Toni identified trees, plants and that little jelly disc below but we forgot almost everything. Usually I write notes in my phone for my posts but on this trip I wanted to enjoy the scenery.