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Lost_in_BC
11-06-2008, 06:34 PM
We're back in Ontario again... [blah]

But we had another excellent trip to BC a couple of weeks ago,
- Couple of days in Vancouver - doing tourist stuff (Aquarium and Capillano bridge)
- Couple of days on the Island in Tofino,
- and the rest of the time chillin with friends in my 2nd home... Lillooet

The trip to Tofino was pretty good, not so crowded and things are a bit cheaper too. We stayed at WeighWest and went out for whale watching and then the following day did the trip to Hot Springs cove.

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The view from our room at WeighWest

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They had enough people to send 2 boats out for whale watching.
we went with the open Zodiac, It's a lot more fun with the wind & waves in your face.
Kelly was laughing her ass off as she tried wiggling into her dry suit.

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A quick shot of us before we headed out

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Didn't take long before we saw some signs of whales

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We saw several California Grey Whales on this trip,
right near the end there were a couple of Humpbacks
that popped up but they were too far away, and the sea was too rough for good picture taking.

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I think Grey's are a little harder to photograph, they just seem to be happy
cruising under the surface, a quick spout, a peak of their back, and then their tale just quietly lifting up out of the waves...
Not much of the drama when you see Humpbacks or Orca's - but still way cool
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Momma and baby...

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WeighWest's covered boat.

Lost_in_BC
11-06-2008, 07:05 PM
After spending quite a while watching the whales we moved on to see some Sea Lions that hang out on a couple of rocky reefs offshore.
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As a extra special bonus... we also saw some Sea Otters
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They were a lot of fun to watch... not much fun to try and photograph,
Kind of like sitting in the middle of a field full of gophers/prairie dogs/marmots
and watching them pop up all over the place. They'd have a quick peak at you, laugh, and then pop back under the surface.

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another one of the tour boats

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The weather was really starting to get rough near the end of the trip.
When we were looking for the Humpbacks, the front of the boat got really soaked by one big wave...

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Just before we headed back to the harbour we stopped at a small island with a Bald Eagle nest on it... some more cool pix from a boat bobbing in the ocean.

Dirtybert
11-06-2008, 07:21 PM
i used to live in Tofino and Ucluelet, love that place, thanks for the pics

Lost_in_BC
11-06-2008, 08:25 PM
The next day was pretty miserable weather wise.
We were pretty happy that they were still going to run the tour to the
Hot Springs, and secondly... that we were in a closed boat.

I think the trip there is supposed to take about an hour, but we stopped for some more whale watching - since we were there and all...
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We saw more Grey's feeding in the sandy shallows along the shore.

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Cap'n PePo really likes pushing his boat...
Just something about the jolly roger flying from his mast I think
He was crusing along at 20-25 knots on the way there, and put
the hammer down on the trip home - top speed as per GPS was 40knots:eek:

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It was perfect weather for the hot springs :confused0006:
Cool, grey, misty/rainy we couldn't wait to get there.
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When the boat pulled up at the dock...
kelly found out for the first time it was a 2+ km hike on the
board walk to get there.

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The boardwalk was great, but slippery as all hell with the rain.

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First peek at the HotSprings...

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I'm not sure how far it runs on the surface,
by the time it gets to the waterfall it's cooled off to about 50 deg C

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The place is pretty rustic, just the boardwalk, a shack to change in, and a shelter for drying off & stashing your pack while playing in the pools.
The steps take you down a really rocky path to the edge of the stream.

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Kelly really wasn't that sure about getting in and playing in the water
- It was our first trip to a Hot Spring, that and playing with the slimy bull kelp in
the lower pools as the ocean washed in.

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The stream flows through a couple of pools before it gets to the ocean,
Since the tide was coming in... we'd get the odd big wave that would crash
through the lower pools and all the way up to the bottom of the
waterfall.

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Hiking back to the boat in the rain

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40 knots - more like a wet amusement park ride !

dirka dave
11-06-2008, 08:32 PM
Great pictures [36]

Thanks for sharing...

[cheers]

Lost_in_BC
11-06-2008, 08:33 PM
Thanks DirtyBert !

We made it to Tofino a couple of times while I was working in BC....

This was the first time we really relaxed and enjoyed ourselves - since there was no way the holidays could be spoiled by some work emergency.

Chopstick
11-06-2008, 08:38 PM
wow that looks awesome, great pics !!

Metal Mulisha
11-06-2008, 08:50 PM
Looked like fun

Halo
11-07-2008, 01:00 AM
one of my favourite hotsprings. when you have your own boat.

Landlover
11-07-2008, 01:29 AM
cool trip, I try to be a tourist in my home province as much as possible. it's great out there on the west coast

Lost_in_BC
11-07-2008, 07:20 PM
Hi Halo !

Yup... absolutely right !
It would be great to have your own boat, and be able to stay as long as you wanted.
The skipper was pretty good about giving us some extra time there.
I guess that's one of the bonuses about going at the end of the season when it was pretty quiet.
We were admiring all the ships names carved into the planks of the boardwalk.

Trailjunkie
11-07-2008, 09:16 PM
great pics guys goto luv bc eh!!!

ez_b
11-07-2008, 10:04 PM
wow, amazing pics!

SHITTY
11-09-2008, 09:39 PM
looked like an awsome time[36] [cheers]

Evan the Blue
11-09-2008, 09:56 PM
I love the Pacific Coast .... Great Shots [cheers]

Beachwheeler
11-10-2008, 12:53 PM
Wow, some very cool pics, looks like a you had a blast.

Jessi
11-10-2008, 04:25 PM
Cool pics

vajayjay
11-10-2008, 04:46 PM
nice pics nice place

kootenaycat
11-10-2008, 08:42 PM
Some great pics! I never knew about any hotsprings on the island, especially so close to the ocean.

Lost_in_BC
11-10-2008, 09:06 PM
Thanks for the positive feed back ! [cheers]

I think my biggest problem has been trying to edit down the photos to a manageable number.

And yeah... we love the west coast...
It only took a few days back there and Kelly was going on about how much she wished we could move back :confused0006:
The only small problem on the coast is the rainy winters.
That's one of the reasons why I chose Lillooet for a home base.
Nice short winters, and you could drive to the snow if you wanted to.

If you want to see more of our cross country photos... I have a bunch up at http://backroads4x4.ca - you do have to register to be able to see the pix though...

Gerry

DeeDee
11-10-2008, 09:28 PM
great pics [cheers] ....

Taxidermy
11-11-2008, 12:16 AM
awesome pics

MuddyWheeler
11-11-2008, 01:12 AM
Fantastic pic's. Looks like a cool hotspring. [cheers]