Surf Canada?

We woke up and decided to head to Salt Springs Island, but then almost immediately turned around and went to Tofino – four hours across the island. It was a good time to go, as the weather was perfect.

The drive was long and winding, but we managed to find a few diversions along the way.  Kennedy Lake is huge and looked spectacular but there doesn’t appear to be any way to get to it by car.  Totally Pristine.  We did manage to find a few places to pull over and scramble over boulders and explore some rivers.  Bode decided it was time to graduate to the DSLR – those point and shoots are for kids.  As long as Jason and I can now have proof that we are sometimes in the same place at the same time.

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Closer to our destination, we pulled over at Long Beach and found a great spot with tons and tons of… surfers? The waves were perfectly formed – it all makes sense now.

Bode immediately found a 6 year old friend who had been boogie-boarding that morning. His dad said the water was about 8° C, and they lasted only 20 minutes with a 4 mm wetsuit.  I didn’t need to bother converting that – I wasn’t going in. Everyone had serious wetsuits, but several had dry-suits.  Under their dry suits?  Wet suits.  I wasn’t surfing.  The waves looked so perfect that Jason talked a bit like he might go tomorrow, but I know better.

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And I thought it was too cold to surf in SF. These people are hard-core. I heard that the swells on to the north are the largest in the world, and that there are pro surfers coming later this month for a major competition – the first ever “Cold Water Classic.”

We got into Tofino late in the afternoon and checked it out. Well, mostly we checked out the playground in the center of town (great zip-line!) It is a really cool little surfer town. Except for the frigid water and chilly evenings, it kind of feels like Mexico.  On the way into town, there are surfboards tied to trees with signs that say something like “Bob’s surf shack” and an arrow pointing down a dirt road.  We even managed to find a taco truck. The town consists of a few restaurants and stores, 10 tour companies, 10 surf shops and 3 glass blowers (required in these kinds of towns for some reason.)

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Our campsite was incredible. Right on the beach. Weather- we’re totally lucking out, it was still perfect and supposed to stay that way for the rest of the week.  The Germans at the site next to us passed over some cooked oysters and I even tried one (are you proud, Mom?). Not too bad actually, but I still wouldn’t order them at a restaurant.

Bode and I left Jason to make camp and dinner while we goofed off for a couple hours on the beach. Bode was down to his last pair of dry pants (too many beach stops this afternoon) so was wearing his skivvies. He does usually wear them. The temperature is dropping with the sun and  he is still running around in the surf and petting every dog that comes by. The sunset was amazing. Once the sun went down, the nights got pretty chilly. I’m not a great cold weather camper.

Campsite game time came and it was Bode’s turn at our new favorite game – Name That Tune. What does he hum? The Kinks‘ “You Really Got Me”.  I can be with that kid all day every day and he still surprises me.  Later he asks… “Do The Kinks have other rockin’ songs?”  Yes.  Yes they do.

So with all this great weather and scenery, we planned on staying awhile.

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6 thoughts on “Surf Canada?

  • October 9, 2009 at 1:56 PM

    After Jason’s linked-in email yesterday, I have spent my day dodging clients, while I read your entire blog. This is GREAT! What an awesome adventure you guys are on and very honored you are sharing it with everyone. You have definetly gained a loyal reader to your blog. Will keep an eye out if you happen to head East for some odd reason. Peace and safety on your journey!

  • October 9, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    Looks like your guys are having an great time. Those are some fantastic pictures.

  • October 10, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Loved the picture of the classic Mini with the surf board on top . . . looks just like the one Marilyn drove for two years before givig in to the Texas heat and going with a new Toyota. Says she still misses it. Rod and Delee are with us and Geraldine is coming up today with Annabelle . . . regular family reunion! R & D are thinking of going to the UT / Colorado game tonight.

  • October 11, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    How do you manage to post such great essays and pics virtually every day? I’m impressed!

  • October 13, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Looks like you guys are having a blast. Can’t wait till you come and see all the things we have done to the house. Beer and pizza still on me bro. Keep a handle on that hot rod. No more speeding. Stay safe.

  • October 13, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    So glad you were able to make it over to Tofino. Sounds like you had a lovely time and had sunny weather – not many can boast of that!

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