Trip Log: Tofino, BC

Trip Log: Tofino

Last month, Brian and I took a long weekend trip to Tofino, BC. Tofino is a town on Vancouver Island in Canada. To get there, we took a ferry from Port Angeles, Washington to Victoria, BC—from there it's a five hour drive to Tofino. Woof. It's definitely a haul to get to, but as in life, the good things take work to find. And Tofino is magical. Here's a bit of what we did and where we stayed in case you are trying to check it out yourself. 

Lodging: 
Bella Pacifica Campground
Way Point Resort

What to do other than chill on da beach
Surfing (the main event) - Cox Bay, Chesterman's Bay for if it's too heavy
coffee and doughnuts at Rhino Cafe (they also have a killer breakfast burrito)
Big Daddy's Fish Fry 
Burgers at the highly regarded Wolf in the Fog.
Tacofino
Zodiac boat ride to Hot Springs Cove

Concerning the Hot Springs Cove: 
It's a natural hot spring you can only visit by boat and hiking in. There are many outfitters that offer tours to the cove, as well as whale watching and bear watching. I would recommend going with Ocean Outfitters—they had naturalist on board that are more equipped to describe the nature and wildlife. Our outfitter had us put on these kind of ridiculous survival suits but in the end I was grateful for the warmth and protection. On the way we saw tons of grey whales and a sea otter nursery floating in a offshore kelp forrest. It was an all day event and pricey, but the experience was definitely worth the cost. 

Mist and fog floats in and out from the sea and filters through the valleys in beautiful ways. Watching it, you can feel the area has a rich story—some mystery about it.
Looking around, you can tell everyone else feels it too.

Tofino
 Cox Bay

Cox Bay

Tofino
Trip Log: Tofino
 Photo by Cori Rosenberg (@corir)

Photo by Cori Rosenberg (@corir)

 Wya Point Resort

Wya Point Resort

Trip Log: Tofino
 Tofino Brewing Company

Tofino Brewing Company

 2-hour zodiac boat ride to get to Hot Springs Cove—loved it. 

2-hour zodiac boat ride to get to Hot Springs Cove—loved it. 

Trip Log: Tofino
Trip Log: Tofino
 Hot Springs Cove —only accessible by boat

Hot Springs Cove —only accessible by boat

Trip Log: Tofino
Trip Log: Tofino
Trip Log: Tofino
Trip Log: Tofino

Trip Log: Spain + the Canary Islands

This year has been particularly wet, dark and grueling for us in the Pacific Northwest. So when my friend, Cori, said she was going to be in Barcelona for work, I jumped at the opportunity for an international trip! Our goal was to spend a week surfing and relaxing on a warm beach. We ended up choosing the Lazarote, an island of the Canary Islands. 

Before meeting up with Cori on Lanzarote, I decided to spend three days in Barcelona solo, exploring the city and seeing the museums. Basically took myself on a  3-day art date through Barcelona to see the Fundacion de Juan Miro, the Contemporary Art Museum, and Sagrada Familia. I packed my overalls as to best stuff myself with tapas and red wine. 

 MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona 

MACBA: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona 

 MACBA—enjoyed walking around this building even more than the art

MACBA—enjoyed walking around this building even more than the art

 Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria)

Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria)

Sagrada Familia
 The ceiling at Sagrada Familia

The ceiling at Sagrada Familia

After three days of roaming the streets and museums of Barcelona I was pretty exhausted and ready to head to the islands. I jumped on a plane and took a 3-hour flight to Lanzarote—an island of the Canaries, located off the coast of Morocco. 

Lanzarote, similar to islands in Hawaii, is a volcanic island. Just 300 years ago, a series of volcanic eruptions lasted for 6 years, dramatically changing the island. Even though that seems like a long time ago, I imagine it takes a long time for an environment to blossom from molten rock and fire. At first glance, the island looks like a desert. But the longer you spend on the island, you start to notice all the different sorts of vegetation braving the intense wind and sun. Everything was very low to the ground—even the palm trees were short and squat. You can tell the island endures a lot of wind throughout the year. 

 The 60's bungalow beach house of my dreams 

The 60's bungalow beach house of my dreams 

 Coral rocks on the beach
 Taking off on a (tiny) wave

Taking off on a (tiny) wave

 Our surf house accomodations

Our surf house accomodations

 Low clouds rolling off the top of the ridge at the beach we surfed at everyday

Low clouds rolling off the top of the ridge at the beach we surfed at everyday

 Caleta de Famara

Caleta de Famara

 Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park

 Walking inside the crater of Volcan del Cuervo

Walking inside the crater of Volcan del Cuervo

I've been getting in the habit of making short videos of trips. They are so much fun to look back on. Moving pictures transport you back to that moment and place so much more vividly than a photo. So here's a little thing I made of this trip :)