Onto the big blue ocean
This memory feels a little bit more like a dream. The kind of dream that when you wake up you can’t tell the difference between what’s real and what’s not. My trip to the Broken Islands in Pacific Rim National Park, in summer 2016, felt like that because what I experienced feels so fantastical that it can’t possibly be real.
Now I have to preface with the fact that I have little to no kayaking experience. I mean I have paddled around on a lake and a river before, but I had never set out onto the big blue ocean. With little knowledge of what I was about to experience and putting my full trust in the more experienced member of the group, the 4 of us pushed off for a week of camping and island hopping.
Everyday day we would wake up inside our tents to the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore. Unzipping our tents we were surrounded by giant cedar and hemlock trees that dripped with hanging lichen and moss. Looking out towards the water we could barely make out the distant shapes of other islands as the Pacific Northwest mist lingered in the cool morning air.
We very quickly became accustomed to island time, meaning our days were governed by the tides, the winds, the rising and setting of the sun. Time slowed, worries vanished and we settled into a daily routine of being very present in each moment. There was no outside connection to the “real world” and with no motorized traffic allowed in the Park we were used to only the sound of paddles pushing through the water, laughter drifting across the water from our friends kayak or the splashing of seals as they nervously watched us from a distance.
This is truly an unforgettable adventure that will leave you feeling like you jumped into the cover of a National Geographic Magazine. If you are thinking of planning a trip, maybe something you have never experienced before then I can highly recommend visiting the Broken Islands Group in Pacific Rim National Park. It sits just off the West Coast of Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia in Canada and will be a memory you will never forget.
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