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I'm not a good blogger, so I'm just going to write about my experience, and probably leave some things out by mistake. Leaving for Tofino was an adventure. I got to Kenmore Aire and found out that the Cessna wheeled craft I was supposed to take was still in maintenence. I was being put on a sea plane instead; an upgrade seeing as how a one-way trip aboard one of these planes is $2,000. It was a lot of fun and I was glad for the experience. We landed in Nainamo for customs, which was intimidating because I had never had to explain my reasons for going anywhere before to someone dressed in a uniform looking at me in a stern manner, as if they were expecting me to rob the first bank I came to.
Well our plane landed at a dock, which I didn't take a picture of, but it was as "rustic" as one could get.
We at lunch, as I did frequently throughout the week, at SoBo. Oh... my... god... this place makes amazing food. AMAZING! The gringo chicken burrito filled my stomach at least 4 times while i was there.
We stayed at the Tofino Bottanical Gardens in the Field House, which is like staying in a hostel. There are 4 beds to a room with communal girl and boy showers on each level. The gardens were several acres and reached out all the way to the mudflats. It was just so beautiful that I spend a lot of my free time walking around them.
A fun thing they had going on was that the day we got there two of the Tall Ships (the Lady Washington and one I didn't know the name of) for the first time in history sailed into Tofino Harbour.
The whole week was quite a blurr because we went to be around 12am and had to wake up at between 6 and 7 every morning. Of the things I can remember off the top of my head, here they are: We went to Chesterman Beach, the site of a deadly massacre between native people's and Spanish occupation. We went to the mud flats and tide pools. Taking hand-made canoes and paddling out to the island of Opitsat, Carl Martin prepared an authentic salmon feast on the beach while Giselle took us around the island to show us which plants can be eaten and their benefits.
The trip was amazing and we learnt so much. I had such an amazing time I will definitely be going back.