We all need a good detox every now and again. A break from work, responsibilities and the constant inundation of information and content. Typically, M and I pack our bags and head south to Mexico – it’s close and we love it for the food, beaches, people and, of course, the weather. But this time around, we decided to shake things up a bit and head north to British Columbia.
M’s good friends have a beautiful boat based in Victoria for the summer and invited us up. So we booked some flights and away we went for five days in Desolation Sound. To give some perspective, we were on a big, fast boat and it was about a 7 hour motor at a decent speed to get to our destination.
We saw wales (grey and killer) which was pretty special. Rather than trying to capture the moments on film, I put down my camera phone and just enjoyed the moments. They were so close to our boat that we would have to veer away in order to keep them (and us) safe from collision. It’s hard to explain the magic of hearing a whale, first the spout and then the wake when a mom and her calf went gliding by. Amazing. Our first day on the boat we had 5-6 different sightings including a pod of killer whales. Pretty spectacular.
On day two, we watched the moon rise. Our friends got yelled at for interrupting the amazing moment by flying a drone on the dock by another boat (I was secretly kind of happy about this scolding – I know they give you great footage, but the privacy intrusion and noise pretty much suck. There I said it)
Did I mention there were blackberries everywhere? On the side of the road, on trails and along the docks we’d anchor by. You can pick and eat as you go. How cool is that? We picked a bunch and ate them whenever we could.
As the week went on we noticed the change in air quality a lot. There were fires burning up in the pacific northwest while we were there. Harvey had just finished, Irma was building to a cat 5 and fires were burning. Mother nature was definitely sending some signals.
The weather turned and it got pretty chilly pretty quickly. I had my trusty Patagonia puffy and trucker hat, but that was about it for cold weather gear. Regardless, our friend Jess took us salmon fishing in the dinghy near our anchorage (a place called Gorge?). We literally had the fishing pole in the water for all of four minutes when an 11lb salmon latched on. Suddenly I sort of understand why fishing is fun! Seriously though, I’m not 100% convinced it wasn’t a stunt fish. From casting the line to knocked out in a bucket was about a 10 minute experience. Dinner that night was delicious, sorry and thank you fish!
Overall, I was glad we tried something different. But this kind of wilderness brought out the loneliness in me. It was beautiful and serene. But it was isolated too. Isolation in a tropical place doesn’t bother me one bit. I can be alone w/a book on a sandy beach for long stretches of time without interaction. But this is different. Hiking on trails with bears, wolves and deer is a whole other kind of remote. And even though I was with M and we had our friends, I’m not sure I would choose this kind of trip again.
I had grand plans of writing every day, of meditation, of yoga on the deck. None of it happened. I slept a lot. I read my books. And I didn’t look at my phone or social media. It was a slow, paired down existence for 5 days. Our next trip is around Thanksgiving and while I’m genuinely thankful for this trip and the perspective I got from it, I am pretty excited to be heading down south again!
On a closing note, Canadian people are nice. I mean really nice. Everyone nods, waves and acknowledges you. There is a genuineness to the conversation. And people take the time to help if you need it. So thank you guys for sharing your beautiful country with us!