–submitted by John Young; originally published on his blog
Nootka Island is located off the central west coast of Vancouver Island. We drove through Gold River to Tahsis, where we boarded the water taxi.
June 22 – “Headbonk Camp” – just past Maquinna Point
June 23 – Beano Creek
June 24 – Calvin Falls
June 25 – First Beach
June 26 – Tongue Point
June 27 – water taxi back to Tahsis
Photo of church by Michael Paskevicius
Looking back at Yuquot from our first campsite
We put up a few new ropes and clipped some salal along the way. The highlight of this section is Maquinna Point. What a view!
One of the many sea caves along the shore
Headbonk Camp – so named because a hiker “bonked” her head on a tree here
June 23 – to Beano Creek
Some rough headlands on this section, beautiful cedars, and a whale surfacing offshore made for a spectacular day.
Whale photo: Michael Paskevicius
Our only campfire on the hike
June 24 – to Calvin Falls
Fishboats out early in the morning
Lesley – all dressed up and nowhere to go!
Karen high stepping it!
Roger approaching Calvin Falls
The decrepit outhouse at Calvin Falls
The Surfers’ Camp
Photo: Michael Paskevicius
June 25 – to First Beach (or is it Third Beach?)
Foggy to start the day
But the fog burnt off and then we saw a bear ahead of us rooting through the seaweed on the shore. We were upwind of it, and it looked our way, but wasn’t going anywhere, so Shawn set off his bear banger, and it hoofed it into the bush.
Trying to scare the bear away
It looked at us, and finally ran off
More smooth hiking on the tidal flats at low tide
And headlands to cross
A beautiful spot for lunch
Until Shawn, ever the explorer, slipped climbing down into this channel, rupturing his left biceps. (A 4-month recovery. Ouch!)
At First Beach, I had the pleasure of testing the recently installed “Green Throne.” It works!
With no bear caches to secure food, we haul our food up a tree. Easy with a tree like this!
Sun setting on another wonderful day
June 26 – to Tongue Point
Shawn and I went ahead of the others, while they clipped some more salal on this trail. We did a thorough job here three years ago, but it sure needed more work now!
Little remaining of the whale carcass we spotted last year!
Paul using up the last of his rope on the last slope–a good guesstimate or what!
Hedge nettle lining the shore
Photo: Michael Paskevicius
Apparently the ship was wrecked in 1969 on the outer coast, and some people thought the steel was worth salvaging. So they re-floated it, towed it around to this sheltered bay, and blew it up to make salvage easier. And, here the pieces have sat ever since! (Jason Pineau, flickr)
Our camp in a clearing near Tongue Point
No water there, so we whacked through the bush for an hour to collect some
Not the freshest source!
The view from the nearby RCAF Station – Sept. 1942-September 1945
And a smooth ending to a great trip!