Barrier Lake
Barrier Lake

The view at the top of the Barrier Lake hike in Alberta.

Tsusiat Falls
Tsusiat Falls

A refreshing break at Tsusiat Falls on the West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island.

Tsusiat Falls
Tsusiat Falls
The West Coast Trail
The West Coast Trail

This map is your only guide as there is no cell reception or service on this 7-day hike.

Everybody loves Ramen
Everybody loves Ramen

Perhaps the most thought about subject for me while hiking the West Coast Trail was “what am I going to eat next?”. This ramen recipe was a hit. We dehydrated all the ingredients at home and brought them back to life with a little water and heat. After a long rainy day of hiking, this hit the spot.

Camping at Sidney Spit
Camping at Sidney Spit

Taking some time to slow down and draw on Sidney Spit.

Fire and water
Fire and water

The necessities of life.

Going up
Going up

One of the many ladders along the West Coast Trail hike. My heart was beating out of my chest on the first ladder as the incline was very steep and the rain had made the rungs very slippery. However, by the 4th day we had all become ladder climbing experts.

In awe of Barrier Lake
In awe of Barrier Lake

Growing up in BC, I am blessed to have beautiful mountains in my backyard and only a 20-minute car ride way. But the mountains in Alberta are on a whole other level.

Canoe day at Barrier Lake
Canoe day at Barrier Lake
Deer Bed at Sidney Spit
Deer Bed at Sidney Spit
Good times at Sidney Spit
Good times at Sidney Spit
 It was the second day of our West Coast Trail hike and I descending from the forest trail down to the beach just as a heard a loud bear growling noise. I freaked and started to run (the opposite of what you’re supposed to do). Minutes later, as I caught my breath on the beach I looked down to find this very large femur thighbone. Gulp.

It was the second day of our West Coast Trail hike and I descending from the forest trail down to the beach just as a heard a loud bear growling noise. I freaked and started to run (the opposite of what you’re supposed to do). Minutes later, as I caught my breath on the beach I looked down to find this very large femur thighbone. Gulp.

Noodles are life
Noodles are life
'Nocs
'Nocs

Binoculars are a very underrated way to keep yourself entertained. Let’s bring them back, shall we?

Goodbye Heron
Goodbye Heron

As we sat on the beach to watch the sunset and eat our dinner, we soon saw an eagle chasing after a heron in the sky. The commotion grew louder and it was clear this eagle had found its prey and wasn’t going to give up easily. Within seconds, the eagle had forced the heron into the water (which is smart because herons can’t swim, they just wade in the water). Everyone on the beach watched in amazement (and horror?) as the eagle dragged the heron onto shore and started to, ahem, prepare it for consumption by plucking out each of its feathers. The whole thing was observed through my friend Karen’s binoculars. The next morning we wandered over to find the heron carcass on the beach where the eagle had left it the night before. Nature is fascinating, isn’t it?

Sunset at Barrier Lake
Sunset at Barrier Lake

Throwing rocks in the water never seems to get old.

Sunset at Sidney Spit
Sunset at Sidney Spit
Dinner and sunset at Sidney Spit
Dinner and sunset at Sidney Spit
Barrier Lake
Tsusiat Falls
Tsusiat Falls
The West Coast Trail
Everybody loves Ramen
Camping at Sidney Spit
Fire and water
Going up
In awe of Barrier Lake
Canoe day at Barrier Lake
Deer Bed at Sidney Spit
Good times at Sidney Spit
 It was the second day of our West Coast Trail hike and I descending from the forest trail down to the beach just as a heard a loud bear growling noise. I freaked and started to run (the opposite of what you’re supposed to do). Minutes later, as I caught my breath on the beach I looked down to find this very large femur thighbone. Gulp.
Noodles are life
'Nocs
Goodbye Heron
Sunset at Barrier Lake
Sunset at Sidney Spit
Dinner and sunset at Sidney Spit
Barrier Lake

The view at the top of the Barrier Lake hike in Alberta.

Tsusiat Falls

A refreshing break at Tsusiat Falls on the West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island.

Tsusiat Falls
The West Coast Trail

This map is your only guide as there is no cell reception or service on this 7-day hike.

Everybody loves Ramen

Perhaps the most thought about subject for me while hiking the West Coast Trail was “what am I going to eat next?”. This ramen recipe was a hit. We dehydrated all the ingredients at home and brought them back to life with a little water and heat. After a long rainy day of hiking, this hit the spot.

Camping at Sidney Spit

Taking some time to slow down and draw on Sidney Spit.

Fire and water

The necessities of life.

Going up

One of the many ladders along the West Coast Trail hike. My heart was beating out of my chest on the first ladder as the incline was very steep and the rain had made the rungs very slippery. However, by the 4th day we had all become ladder climbing experts.

In awe of Barrier Lake

Growing up in BC, I am blessed to have beautiful mountains in my backyard and only a 20-minute car ride way. But the mountains in Alberta are on a whole other level.

Canoe day at Barrier Lake
Deer Bed at Sidney Spit
Good times at Sidney Spit

It was the second day of our West Coast Trail hike and I descending from the forest trail down to the beach just as a heard a loud bear growling noise. I freaked and started to run (the opposite of what you’re supposed to do). Minutes later, as I caught my breath on the beach I looked down to find this very large femur thighbone. Gulp.

Noodles are life
'Nocs

Binoculars are a very underrated way to keep yourself entertained. Let’s bring them back, shall we?

Goodbye Heron

As we sat on the beach to watch the sunset and eat our dinner, we soon saw an eagle chasing after a heron in the sky. The commotion grew louder and it was clear this eagle had found its prey and wasn’t going to give up easily. Within seconds, the eagle had forced the heron into the water (which is smart because herons can’t swim, they just wade in the water). Everyone on the beach watched in amazement (and horror?) as the eagle dragged the heron onto shore and started to, ahem, prepare it for consumption by plucking out each of its feathers. The whole thing was observed through my friend Karen’s binoculars. The next morning we wandered over to find the heron carcass on the beach where the eagle had left it the night before. Nature is fascinating, isn’t it?

Sunset at Barrier Lake

Throwing rocks in the water never seems to get old.

Sunset at Sidney Spit
Dinner and sunset at Sidney Spit
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