The New Year was right around the corner and after spending two weeks in and around Vancouver, we were starting to crave nature and remoteness again. A friend decided to go to Tofino for the holiday and John and I decided to join him. We had met Francois in Vancouver for a Sero Story and ended up following him on the island. He had compelling arguments… Is there a better way to start 2017 than with a surf day? I don’t think so. We spent over two weeks in the iconic Canadian surf town and were graced with great weather, surf and company. What else could you ask for? Three more great Stories to share with you our followers? We did that as well with Lydia , Emre and Chris!
Tofino being in such a beginner friendly area, I got to continue my surf initiation too! So much fun!
Getting there also meant we had made it across the country, from coast to coast. There is something to be said about that feeling of accomplishment you get from checking off that goal. We met so many nice people, a lot of vanlifers and our friends from We Are Rebellion even came from Seattle to visit.
With heavy hearts, we strapped our surfboards back on the roof and regretfully left to continue our journey on to the Comox Valley. That’s where we met up with paddler David Prothero for some good whitewater boating and the epic story that brought him to waters all around the world. John was more than happy to sit in a kayak again and had a wonderful time on the water with cool people.
While there, we met mountain bike enthusiast Mark Matthews who convinced us to follow him to Port Renfrew. He wanted to show us around his favourite area and the jump line he has built for himself in an old growth forest. Let’s just say he didn’t have to twist our arm. We could go on and on, telling you how amazing out time was, how much we enjoyed all the beaches in the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, the great surf spots, the exploring the majestic forests. I could go on and on and on with this. It was magical and we didn’t want to leave. A nice piece on our time there was posted on the KAVU website with gorgeous photos. Giving it a read is the best way to travel with us.
It was hard to follow-up Port Renfrew, but we had to go back to civilization and spend a few days exploring Victoria. The provincial Capital has a lot to offer in terms of adventure and we made the most of it. Between a hike of the Gold Mine Trails, and discovering Thetis Lake Regional Park with Elly, Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, and East Sooke Park, we had a pretty full agenda.
If that wasn’t enough, we got ourselves a little gift. Since our encounter with Denis in New Brunswick last July, we had wanted to get a kite. While in Victoria, we stopped by the Ocean Rodeo office and got a training kite to start the learning process.
Time to get back to mainland before out forced break. With one week left, we managed to squeeze in one last adventure with Chris and his partner who took us out to discover a little bit of their backyard. We went on a pretty easy (for them) backcountry expedition and although I was a little scared at first, it ended up being a great experience.
Time to leave. Time to say goodbye to old and new friends for a few months at least, time to leave John, Rain and the Westy. Time for the much needed yet dreaded break. So long my friends! I can’t wait to be back on the road sharing the best Sero Stories with you. In the meantime, I hope you keep finding ways to stay active, continue going outside and do the things that make you happy.