Richard and I had unanimously agreed that the final day of our #30hikesin30days Challenge should be the Oyster River Pub-to-Pub Hike near Courtney, BC. What a perfect way to walk and celebrate at the same time, right?! Errr, except for one small detail. We hadn’t realized that The Salmon Point Bar-Restaurant had been destroyed by fire over a year ago, and has not yet been rebuilt.
Not easily deterred, we decided to create our own, more local version of this hike. The Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company is near to us, has a great menu and socially-distanced outdoor seating. It is 2.9 km away from The Black Goose Inn, another of our favourite pubs, that also happens to have awesome food and outdoor seating with a view. Our basic route is shown above. Easy-peasy!
Making this final hike even more enjoyable, a few friends came out to join us. The feature photo shows our crew at Arrowsmith Brewery just before we set out. Kevin (green shirt), Kaylee (labradoodle), Richard and I walked from our homes, adding an extra 3.5 kilometres round trip. Sadly, this route was mostly roadside. But as you can see below, there was a bit of variety and constantly changing scenery.
With good friends and engaging conversation, it’s amazing just how quickly 2.9 kilometres slide by. Before we knew it, we were enjoying lunch and more drinks at our next pub. In another blink of an eye, our meal was finished, our return hike was completed, and our 30 hikes challenge was over (which was a very bittersweet feeling).
Next week, I will do a wrap-up post mentioning some of the observations that Richard and I have made along the way. If you have any questions that you would like us to address, or if you have any of your own hiking anecdotes to share, please let us know in the comments below.
Walking in nature has been shown to reduce stress, better your mood, increase creativity, improve concentration, boost your immune system and quicken recovery from illness (amongst many other physical and mental health benefits). You can read more here, here and here…for starters. The research in this field is endless.
Our Total Distance Walked for this Challenge: 323.34 km (200.91 miles)
Total Walking Time (not including rests or stopping for photos): 81.5 hrs
Would we do it all over again? Absolutely!
A warm thank you to our friends who joined us today, and to all of you who have followed along. Your support has been invaluable.