Juan de Fuca trail
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We decided that it was about time we got to see some wildlife rather than spending all our time in cities and planned a small hike along the Juan de Fuca trail on Vancouver island. The trail is 47Km long through temperate rain forest with camp sites about every 7Km. It's a bit out of the way, camp sites consist of a place to put a tent, a pit toilet, a creek for water, and a food cache (to stop bears eating it) You have to carry anything you need in and any rubbish out. There is a bus service that drops off/picks up along the main road about 3Km from the trail heads.
Not being used to this terrain it took us a lot longer that anticipated to walk anywhere (we just about managed 7Km a day) Even though we started at the easy end, the first day was knackering although the views were spectacular.
After walking for another hour we came to a trail head and Caz decided that she had had enough of wildlife and wanted to get the next bus out which was in about 3 hours. We had walked about 500 meters up the road when another black bear crossed the road in front of us. Again we backed off, waited 10 mins. and carried on up the road until about 1 Km later there was yet another (much bigger) bear.
It turns out this was a good move, the cliff top scenery along the next bit of the hike was spectacular and we saw a group of seals lazing on some rocks. On waking the next mornig we discovered that caz didn't react well to mossie bites (see photo) but was full of great scenery and no bears (just a couple of snakes) We covered 6 Km and made it to the road in one piece in time for the bus. As luck would have it we got picked up by a doctor who had been on a different trail and offered us a free lift back to victoria. Very friendly people these Canadians.