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Sombrio to Botanical Beach
Timestamp Free: 2020.07.10 - 05:58:34
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Insular Mountains / Vancouver Island Ranges
  (2 days)
Participants: Stew, Jesse, Paul, Sean, Pete, Max and Robbie. easy hiking
An early season hiking trip to the Juan de Fuca trail on Vancouver Island. Travelling from Sombrio beach to Port Renfrew. About 20km in all.
"Call me back in an hour..... Dude, I said call me back in an hour!. What?! You're outside already? OK, ok, I'm coming.

Ah, what a way to start off a backpack trip. We had this one all planned out. We were going over to Vancouver Island and would hike the Juan de Fuca trail from Sombrio beach to Botanical beach. A nice little 20km over the weekend. The only problem was I had the flu. I kept on saying to myself "don't be a whus, suck it up girlie boy". But it was sooooooo hard. Plus after Sean had made it through the Clayoquot with a bad tummy, I had to make a go for it.

We hopped the ferry and I spent the duration in the fetal position in the Land Cruiser. The ride was uneventful and we found our way to the trailhead a little before sunset. Even though Sombrio beach gets a lot of traffic, it still is one of my favorite beaches. The tide was dropping as we came and there were some longboarders surfing "chickens" on the inside. The left break was popping but there was nobody out that far.

As I set up tent and crawled inside, the rest of fellas were feeling the euphoria of getting back out in the wild (well, not really that wild). With my tummy doing creepies I was somewhat serenaded by the sound of crashing waves.

The next day dawned mild and sunny. As I was lying trying to rouse myself I could hear a couple of the fellas snickering. "Hee, hee, looks like somebody puked over here. Poor little boy Stew". But I was thinking, "I didn't puke over there". Well it turns out that while I was sleeping some of the boys had been doing some drinking. Ha, there's nothing better than feeling bad and knowing someone probably feels worse with a hangover (misery loves company as they say).

It took a little longer than normal to break camp and set out a...

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