Posted by: M.J. Bolstad | June 19, 2019

Retreating to Recharge #2

A black slug on a rocky ground, next to a stick.

It turns out this was not a burnt stick on the path, but a slug!

It’s been a beautiful day here in Ucluelet, full of sunshine and sea breeze. Yesterday was nice too, though short on the sun and heavy on the breeze.  I spent the day mostly relaxing, taking my walk along the lighthouse loop again, working to remind my body that it was strong and can be strong once more. Then I made my way to Tofino, to hand out at Chesterman Beach, but not before grabbing delicious fish tacos and truffle fries at Shelter Restaurant because I was very hungry.

A person carrying a surfboard wades into the waves.

It was a windy day, so perfect for surfers despite the low visibility.

One at Chesterman Beach, I still have a bit of a dilemma. The thing with traveling alone is that there’s no one with whom to leave your things. I could lock some of them in my car – my wallet, my spare clothes – but  the car key has to come with me. I tucked the car key away in my bag and waded down the misty beach with it, daring to tuck it in a semi-hidey-hole for a bit while I venture out to my knees in the waves. Between the cold, stormy water  and my worry about leaving my car key unattended, I wasn’t able to swim, but I did have some fun splashing about.

It was cold enough that I didn’t stay too long, but instead headed back to my cabin in the late afternoon, where I puttered about listening to music and doing a little writing, before heading to bed early.

Five people are seen from behind, wearing matching red storm suits, looking over water.

Bundled up in storm suits for the zodiac ride!

Today, I woke up in a sunbeam, and it has stayed sunny and light. After my morning coffee, I went for a loop around again, as I’m trying to keep up a bit of an exercise regime and start good habits (even if my calves are tight and maybe screaming a little at me). My afternoon was spend on the ocean, as I’d booked a whale watching tour with Jamie’s Whaling Station and Adventure tours. I decided to take a zodiac tour for the first time, instead of a covered boat, and I’m very glad I did.

Even if the boat was a bit bouncy on the rougher parts (and by a bit, I mean a lot), and even though I got salt spray in the face a few times, it was much more fun to be right on the water. We saw not one but two humpback whales, and it was so much fun to watch them. I am so glad I booked a tour today, and that the weather did a surprise 180 turn from yesterday!

The fluke, or tail, of a humpback is just visible in the water in this photo.

This shot is almost a fluke.


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