The Walk of Life
Day 18 - Pacific Rim
September 10, 1998
Tofino, Whale watching
At the camp
I decided for the longer whale watching tour including hot springs Cove.
So did some others. That's why we could sleep in while the other ones went
to their whale watching tour. It was a rainy morning. Motivation was not
too high. After enjoying our breakfast we all went to the telephone. Jo
called home and let us all say hello to their parents. Most of us had to
reconfirm their flights from Seattle. I had two reservations so I canceled
the one leaving on Sunday.
next adventure was whale watching. At Seaside Adventures we got ready for
the ride. Well packed in warn suites with water proof rain coats and boots
we boarded one of the two Zodiacs. Riding the Zodiac itself already is
an adventure. It shakes up and down but going fast is big fun and makes
you less sea-sick than not moving. On the way out we first saw a group
of seals before getting in the area where they usually spot whales. And
we were lucky. There was a group of at least three Grey Whales around our
boats. Whale tails all over the place. The only bad thing was the smell
of the whale's breath. They might need some toothpaste.
On the way to the Hot Springs we also past a real big Sea Eagle. From
the shore where the boat stopped it was about a 30 minutes walk through
the rain forest to the Hot Springs. The water coming from the spring was
extremely hot. But since it enters the sea in this place there was a great
mixture of hot and cold water. Incoming waves always cooled us down. On
the way back we enjoyed the great views the rain forest gave us. The Zodiac
finally brought us back to Tofino where after a short shopping stop we
went back to camp to enjoy the evening.
Day 19 - Tofino to Victoria