West Coast Trail Friday, July 26, 2013 – Victoria

Friday, July 26, 2013

Second morning car camping and we are getting better at breaking camp. This practice, even though it is car camping, is good for us. We both work effortlessly making and cleaning up after breakfast, taking down the tent and stowing all the gear back into the vehicle. We will need a similar routine on the West Coast Trail, except packing two backpacks will be slightly different than packing a vehicle.

The West Coast is full of surprizes. We were inland yesterday and thought it would be cool and dry. It is stinking hot and when we awake there is condensation on the underside of our tent fly. So when we got to the coast I expected it to be warmer and damp. We awoke it was cooler and our tent is completely dry.

It is shower morning and the local leisure centre has a pool. For a mere $6.75 they allow one admission and it is one expensive shower. I looked at it as an opportunity to get in a swim, the lane swim was open for about 40 mins. and there is time to do 1000M. The shower was mediocre and it is only the swim that makes it worth the expense. Only thing is I have not swum without goggles since I was a kid and it takes 6 hours for my vision to return to ½ normal. Debbie is driving but it is still difficult to navigate.

Our three appointments are made like clockwork.

Tomorrow is the day. We head past Sooke to Port Renfrew, the trail orientation and our first night on the beach. Then Sunday morning we will break camp into our backpacks for real and head out on the trail.

Note: Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your view point, there is no WIFI on the trail, so we will be writing our posts in a scribbler and posting them into the blog when we are back in WIFI range. See you in a week!

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