Moose Bus to Tofino
Trip Start Sep 10, 2009
17Trip End Oct 22, 2009
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Late in the afternoon we stopped at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Reserve. This is a west coast beach and they get a lot of storms here as you can see by all the driftwood piled up.
I'm staying at HI Whalers on the Point which is another hostel but a lot more attractive than the one in Vancouver. Last night we had a group dinner - we all helped cook and ate together which was a lot of fun. The rest of the group went out to the pub about 10pm but I was too tired so stayed in and went to bed.
We saw a humpback and several gray whales. These are all migrating whales and we were particularly lucky to see the humpback because the season for these whales is almost over. I didn't get any pictures of the humpback - they come up and go down fast and if you are looking through a camera you might miss the whale altogether.
We also saw a sea otter really close; apparently this doesn't happen all the time here as they are a bit shy.
Tomorrow I have to up about 6am as I'm going black bear watching along the shore. The bears come down to the shore to eat mussels and crabs. I should see at least one or two, although the bears have been a bit scarce so far this year. When I was in Bella Coola, Frazer said he thought that because the summer had been longer and hotter than usual, the bears had more food up in the mountains and were later coming down.
Thanks for all the emails, it's nice to hear from home and to know that you are enjoying the blog. Next edition after the bears and whatever else I get up to in Tofino.
Where I stayed
HI Whalers on the Point, Tofino