It’s that time of year when Richard and I have often been walking a Camino Trail …or at least planning to do so (2010, 2016, 2017, 2019). During our recent sheltering in place, I longingly reviewed my Camino photos. Many of them tended to look like this:
This got me thinking. We already had the travel gear, as well as a mutual love of adventure. We simply had to tweak a couple of things.
Richard and I decided to do a trial run with Port Hardy on Northern Vancouver Island. We have always wanted to go there. Despite it being only a 3.5-hour drive away, we had never quite made it…until this past weekend. And the results? This is the perfect place for a Canadian Camino. Check out this photo and judge for yourself. Pretty similar, right?!
We managed to get in 18+ km of hiking in one day, which was fairly close to many of our days on the Camino. We just had to exchange the Camino bunk beds and snoring neighbours with being on constant alert for black bears, wolves and cougar that are commonly found on these trails. Richard was ready!
Luckily, the bear spray was not needed. As soon as we saw the second fresh pile of bear scat, I immediately left that trail (fraidy cat, I know). However, the next trail that we were on revealed a very similar, fresh pile. Bravely, I safely managed to finish that hike.
Actually, we completed several hikes. The trail options were varied, and the scenery was rich and stunning.
This weekend trip gave us an excellent taste of how we can experience so much that we love about the Camino trail, while travel restrictions remain in place. There are many more parts of this area that we wish to explore, including Cape Scott Provincial Park (northwest tip of the island, accessible by boat….or by twisty, turny gravel logging roads). We are already planning a return trip!
How have your revised your travel bucket list?