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.

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Cox Bay

Cox Bay

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

Photo by Cori Rosenberg (@corir)

Wya Point Resort

Wya Point Resort

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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: Marfa, Texas

Earlier this spring I took a trip down to Marfa, Texas with some of my gal pals. I enjoyed it so much, I think I'll make it my tradition to take a trip down to the Southwest every spring. It is so beautifully rugged and wild down there.

The main attraction that drew us to Marfa is the Chinati Foundation. Started in the 1960's by Donald Judd, the old military base houses a permanent collection of works by Judd, Flavin, Chamberlin, and several other artists of the time. Most notable is Judd's 100 Works in Mill Aluminum. The giant aluminum pieces are housed in an two former artillery sheds. The light from the windows projects its desert hues onto the metal and creates shapes and forms within the boxes. I was completely blown away. 

Beyond the Chinati Foundation, we roamed the quiet streets of Marfa and popped our heads into various galleries and artist studios. The town is crawling with artists and creatives. We ate tacos at Boyz 2 Men taco trailer in the sunshine and ordered pizza at Pizza Foundation. I particularly enjoyed taking in all the signage around town. It seems like Marfa is perpetually stuck in the 1960's aesthetic. We spent our nights at El Cosmico, a self-described "18 acre nomadic hotel and campground".  El Cosmico was as much of a draw-in for us because of its vintage trailer, safari tent and tepee accommodations. We stayed in the Safari tents and rinsed in the outdoor shower every morning. I just can't say enough about Marfa, so I'll just stop myself here. But I will say, I will be returning.

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