Black bears and blue jays

Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
Trip End Oct 09, 2009

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, October 3, 2009

Jim and I hired kayaks to paddle across Clayoquot Sound to Meares Island and Lemmers Inlet. It was a glorious day, with a blue dome of sky arching over us, and not a puff of wind to disturb the droopy-tipped hemlocks.  We timed out trip so the tides would help carry us.  The only sounds were the ripples of our paddles, and the manic quacking of the ducks, who took flight en mass if we got too close.  We tracked a black bear as it followed the shore, unaware of our presence as we observed from the water.  It was following the shoreline, vanishing into the forest occasionally, to reappear a few minutes later.  Eventually I rounded a headland, arriving at a bay before the creature.  It stood up on its hind legs as it gazed at me in surprise, then turned tail and ran.  A furry bottom retreated into the trees, and all was still.

After a day of exploration, we stopped at Meares Island and followed the Big Tree Walk, through magnificent old growth forest.  A nosy blue jay decided that we were great entertainment.  It investigated my fleece as suitable nesting material, then hung around to watch us take pictures, hoping to find more mischief to cause.

Eventually we left our little prankster for the paddle home.  The tide was powerful, and we were swept back across tidal rapids, over mudflats where we saw huge crabs scavenging and starfish hunting, past harbours and sea planes into Tofino.  We stopped at the fish store to pick up a haul of scallops and retreated home for dinner and showers, before an evening of didgeridoo and ciders at the Legion.
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