Juan de Fuca trail

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it's a jungle out there

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.

Bear no. 3, far enough away to take a photo
The second day was more eventful, We had been walking for about 2 hours and were just about to stop on the beach for a coffee when i looked up over Caz's shoulder and saw a large black bear 15 meters in frount of us on the path. Caz was not that happy about the turn of events but we followed the advice on all the posters we had read and backed away slowly, talking calmly to the bear who turned away and ambled off into the forest.

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.

Lazing seals
This one was in no hurry to amble off, it was quite happy munching leaves and enjoying the sunshine by the side of the road. After 30 mins we thought it had moved off and tried to continue but it was just on the other side of the road so we decided to give up on the bus and get to the next camp site 5 Km away.

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.

 

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its a jungle out there
it's a jungle out there
Bear no. 3, far enough away to tak…
Bear no. 3, far enough away to ta…
Lazing seals
Lazing seals
Sysmex ted hides from bears
Sysmex ted hides from bears
billy in the rain forest
billy in the rain forest
cliff top view
cliff top view
Caz 12 hours after antihistamines
Caz 12 hours after antihistamines
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photo by: Mezmerized