Pacific Rim Travel Blog› entry 6 of 34 › view all entries
We pack up after breakfast and leave for our next adventure. The only thing we have to take into account is that we have to be in Port Hardy on Sunday September 17th for the Inside Passage-trip to Prince Rupert in the north. Today we want to drive to the Pacific Rim National Park and try to spend the night near Tofino. After entering the National Park our first stop is at the visitors centre. Along the way we sometimes park the RV and take short walks into the rainforest. There are boarded walks into the forest with huge trees, lots of moss, ferns and other plants. It even starts to rain a bit so the forest lives up to its name. There are signs to warn us for bears (‘you are in bear Country’).
Before this trip I did a lot of reading, including about bears: ‘what to do if you encounter a bear’. Well that apparently all depends on what kind of bear it is: a black bear or a grizzly bear. With one of them you have to play dead in case of an attack OR NOT, in that case you have to fight for your life. Or you can try to climb a tree OR NOT because one of them climbs it a lot faster than you can. Therefore it is very important to KNOW what kind of bear it is in front of you…The best thing to do BEFORE you really meet the bear is make some noise so it hears you coming and walks the other way (so you never know how close you were to an encounter). This all makes me slightly nervous; in Holland no such dangers in the forest.
We stay the night at the Green Point Campground. Bears have been seen here the last couple of days, so keep your eyes open! We get a private spot on the campground which is absolutely beautiful. Before the sun is setting we dare to walk to the beach by a path through some dense woods (I see bears behind every tree).