January 2, 2013

BC or Bust Part 2

We were a few hours out of Tofino when the wind picked up.  The mellow waters of the fjord lost their shine, developing half a foot high waves that rattled the small aluminum boat and all of our supplies. Sitting on a cooler with enough food, water and beer for two nights,  I bounced along as Jeremy piloted the seventeen foot aluminum boat towards the mouth of the fjord. The cold air and increasing waves kept small talk to a minimum.

“How long till we get out of here?” I yelled to Jeremy.

“The fjord?”

“Yah,”  I replied nodding towards the mountains on the right.

“15 minutes.  It’s going to get rough for an hour or so.”

I smiled in acknowledgment.

Twenty minutes later, our boat was cutting through five to eight foot ground swell a mile off the coast of Vancouver Island.  Dressed head to toe in Gortex,  frigid water covered me each time we bounced off the the top of a wave.  Keeping my head down, I avoided the bulk of the spray, but this left me blind from anticipating the jolt of larger waves.  Every few minutes, a wave shook the boat like a screen door, jaring me from my perch on top of a Coleman cooler.  One such wave sent my Wayferes flying, eventually shattering against the gunnel.

After that, I went quite and focused on nothing, the way you do on a long run.  Time stands still and speeds ahead at the same time.

Campvibes.

A trail to hot springs.

Displacement hull.

The BC Ferries.

Jeremy and Trevor kickstarting a fire.

Seasonal housing.

A grey whale off the coast of Vancouver.

Jeremy checking the weather forecast.

Equipped to rip.

Coffee time.

Light house.

Trevor at the Harbor.

Bald eagle.

#vanlife.

Heater.

Hidden Kitchen.

Sea lion Bonanza.

Boatlife!

With a descending whine, Jeremy eased off the throttle and the boat coasted.   Looking up from my stopper,  Jeremy motioned towards a stretch of ocean just off of a point.  Shifting the throttle handel back into reverse, he anounced, “Thats the wave.  The tide is still way to high.”

“So we made it?” I asked, signaling my relief.

“Yah we are going to camp over in the bay.”

“Awesome.  I want to get the fuck off this boat.  That was brutal.”

“Ahh come on” Jeremy said in his Vancouver accent.  ”Last winter Pete, (Peter Devries a pro surfer from Tofino) and I made the same trip in three times the swell and howling 30 knots.”

“I don’t doubt that shit, but I’m a land lover. I feel 3 inches shorter.”

“Cry about it pro blogger (Jeremy’s nickname for me).  The winds nice,  lets get our camp set up.  We’ll be able to surf before sunset.”

Standing up, I stretched and looked down at cooler.  One larger circular dent in the green aluminium correlated with the placement and subsequent jarring of my ass during the ride.

Here are some more links,

BC or Bust Part 1 (ART),

BC or Bust (Cleanest Line).

6 Comments



  • January 2 , 2013

    [...] via A Restless Transplant. [...]


  • TJ
    January 4 , 2013

    You give a worker drone like myself hope! Thanks Foster!


  • January 4 , 2013

    Flattered that you would say that TJ,

    foster


  • January 6 , 2013

    That Lighthouse isn’t much like the ones out here in the East, huh? Good camping trips. Hoping to surely get West this summer. Take Care.

    Rhon


  • Jake
    January 8 , 2013

    I have to agree with TJ. Reading this article in my office, gives me a case need-to-get-the-eff-out-of-here vibes.

    Keep up the good work!


  • January 11 , 2013

    Fab post, I can almost feel the frigid water, see the whale and feel the wildness of BC. They don’t call it “Beautiful British Columbia” (license plates) for nothing! ;)