Well, I am back here in the great white north (Dawson City, Yukon) and we’re beginning to see signs of summer! Just tonight, May 4th 6:42pm (unofficial time) the Yukon River finally broke and some lucky person in town has won about $4000! Lots of people – myself and fam included – went downtown to check it out.
To celebrate Easter weekend and the end of the school year a lovely group of friends and I went camping at Sombrio Beach! Even the storm and cold weather couldn’t dampen our fun… just our tents, sleeping bags, and shoes. Thanks so much everyone for such a fun weekend. Bring on Sombrio camping in September!
Day 1: 3rd April, 2015
It was a little touch and go with the van so we left the city a little later than we’d planned, but by about 4pm we were blasting a throwback mixtape and some Taylor Swift on our way to the beach! The boys had arrived a little earlier that day so had the camp site set up for us. Every time I’ve ever been to Sombrio before it’s been beautiful warm sunshine so it didn’t even register in my silly mind that it could possibly rain. But rain it did. We just built our fire up as much as possible and watched the surfers and the gorgeous angry sea that the storm was creating.
The girls getting ready to make the long trek down the trail and beach.
Day 2: 4th April, 2015
Emma and I were violently woken by the sound of our tarp being blown off and fat drops of rain hitting the tent. Needless to say, we were a little damp and a little cold. After snuggling deeper under our blankets for a while we finally forced ourselves up to fix it and grab more blankets from the car (thank goodness one of us thought ahead! It wasn’t me). When everyone else got up we checked out the waterfall cave and hiked the (extremely muddy) Juan de Fuca trail to a little hidden bay. Being as unprepared as we were, our firewood stash was running pretty low so a few of us made a trip into Port Renfrew. The rain held off a bit, allowing us to play frisbee, harass some beach-goers into throwing a crude ball for a crude baseball bat, fix up tents, and look for mussels. We had an AMAZING dinner of freshly gathered mussels (thanks, boys!) cooked in sea water over the campfire — in Fred’s words, “such a hunter-gatherer boner right now.” We finished the day drinking terrible boxed wine and cheap beer while singing along to Brooke’s iPod until the early hours of the morning.
It was tent city with all the surfers and weekenders.
Vic and I
Brooke and Al looking all majestic
Victoria and her “mistletoe of the sea”
The Juan de Fuca trail:
The waterfall cave
So much MUD!
Just moments earlier Corey had thought it would be a great idea to go to the end of the rock and got splashed by a big wave. HILARIOUS. Wish I’d captured it on camera.
When the tide is out there is a stretch of beach here.
Port Renfrew and dinner:
This is pretty much Port Renfrew – what I saw of it anyway. Plus the General Store and cafe around the corner.
A quick stop for hot drinks and eats.
The boys fixing up their tent.
Corey getting the fire going.
Fred making a baseball bat. So crafty.
Harris building a clothesline to dry his sopping wet blanket.
Red solo cups to match the cheap boxed wine.
Em drying out her socks!
A pot full of mussels and a ton of wet shoes.
Freshly steamed mussels. So good!
Harris being blinded by my flash. Ha.
Roomies for life.
Blood moon. I’m not being creepy; it’s actually called a blood moon.
Day 3: 5th April, 2015
This time I woke up to beautiful sunshine and blue skies! The boys were busy breaking into Corey’s car to get his keys out all morning so the girls and I went foraging for dry firewood to make hot chocolates. After packing up all the tents and things we were crazy enough to go for a dip in the freezing water! It was a great end to a wonderful trip. ❤
My favourite shot of the weekend!
Cute little “helper”
Group shot before we all jumped in the water. Yes, we are crazy.
Thanks again for such a great weekend everyone! I hope you had as much fun as I did and that your summers are equally awesome.
Alas, our last full day in Mexico! We had such a lovely summer holiday, and yes, Cliff Richards, the sea truly was as beautiful and blue as it is in the movies. We spent the day in Cabo San Lucas rather than staying the final night there. After the lovely relaxed atmosphere of Pescadero and Los Cerritos, the crazy din and bustle of San Lucas was a little overwhelming. Nevertheless, what kind of tourists would we be if we didn’t grab a souvenir or have a taco at Cabo Wabo!? Okay, technically we didn’t go into Cabo Wabo itself… just a place near it. But still. We did the tourist thing and did a little shopping and sightseeing, made my Papa haggle for us, then got the hell out of there so we could head back to the beach again!
P.S. Excuse the poor quality iPhone pics.
And of course, we ended the day with Los Cerritos. I could never get sick of those beautiful sunsets.
12-13th February 2015, Mexico and home.
We wanted to swim in the ocean one last time so got up at sunrise and headed down to the beach. We were greeted with a beautiful sunrise. Many long hours, two flights, one over-nighter in Vancouver, a two hour ferry ride (involving me snoring with my mouth wide open), and an hour bus ride later, I finally made it home! A big thank you to my parents who helped me get there, and to Mexico for your lovely sunshine, ocean, people, and memories. Until next time!
As much as my Papa just wanted to spend every single second of every single minute surfing, Mum, Brooke, and I wanted to check out some more local sites, so we convinced Papa to drive us out to Todos Santos. We did all the cheesy touristy things to do there: checked out the Hotel California (which, incidentally, the Eagles never actually went to – they just wrote a song about it) and had a cerveza while listening to “Hotel California,” had an ice cream while wandering around town, and did a little shopping.
After that we headed back to Pescadero to grab bikinis and lunch.
Papa then got his wish as we checked out the other nearby beach, San Pedrito.
Though the pictures don’t capture how big and heavy the waves are, this beach is a rough one and not for amateurs. Hence, selfies time!
-Wordsworth, Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
So, I have FINALLY gotten round to sorting out photos from my recent trip to Mexico! It was such a beautiful and warm week spent in the gorgeous little town of Pescadero, Cabo. After such a hectic school schedule and life, a little beach time and TLC was very welcome. My stay in Pescadero left me so relaxed, happy, and refreshed — not to mention, tanned. Being in the lovely sun and trying out surfing again for the first time in a while made me long to go on more adventures and try new experiences. Hopefully I will be able to write a similar post in the not too distant future about just that!
Though Cabo is well-known for its many resorts, we managed to find a place that was a little more low-key yet absolutely stunning (even more so than the resorts I would argue). Pescadero Surf Camp, which I highly recommend if you’re just looking for a cheap, relaxed place to stay, (here’s a link to their website: http://pescaderosurf.com/) was right in town, close to food and the town’s largest supermarket, and only a 5 minute drive away from the beach. There are hotels closer to the beach, however food and expenses tend to be more expensive the closer to the water you get.
So, after half a novel, let the adventure begin!
6-7th February 2015: Victoria, Vancouver, Phoenix, Mexico
Hola, Mexico! After 24 hours or so of journeying, Brooke and I made it to San Jose Del Cabo!
There wasn’t much time to muck around there though as we all piled into the car, along with Papa’s surfboard, and headed straight out of the busy city to the surf camp. The sunset and views during the drive were absolutely gorgeous.
We arrived at night and I was too tired to bother taking pictures in the dark so we just grabbed some cervezas then passed out in our own casitas. The next day, however, I woke up and snapped some pics of the blue sky and blazing sunshine hitting the pool. By the way, I feel immense pleasure in writing that sentence. Pools and sunshine will do that I guess.
8th February 2015, Los Cerritos
After a quick stop at Mariani’s, the town’s largest supermarket, we headed to Los Cerritos. I cannot articulate what a wonderful feeling the sound of surf and the feel of hot sun and warm ocean water is to me.
Brooke and I tried surfing again for the first time in years! I even have photo evidence that I stood up on the board.
We spent the entire day from sun up till sun down relaxing, surfing, tanning, and swimming. Bliss.