This weekend was a pretty adventurous one for the INTERNeX team. Due to the fact that our Victoria Trip had to be cancelled because not enough people signed up, 8 of us went on a spontaneous trip to Vargas Island, which is off the coast of Tofino. Prior to the trip we stocked up on camping equipment, food and a first aid kit and embarked on our 3 day survival trip.
On the first day we had to take Greyhound bus really early in order to arrive in Tofino on time to catch our Tofino Water Taxi to Vargas Island. The total trip was about 7 hours and once all our equipment was off loaded on to the island we made our plan to set up camp. The group was made up of many different personalities that complemented each other very well. All in all we were a great outdoorsy tough bunch that survived some trying moments.
Our first night on the island was very relaxed. Once our camp was set up, we set out to find a lot of wood to last us through the night and so that we could prepare our hotdogs for dinner. For dessert we had marshmallows over the fire of course 🙂 The amazing thing was that we had the entire bay to ourselves; which was so special.
Our second morning started early as we wanted to attempt the toughest hike of Tofino – Lone Cone Mountain – which was on another island nearby; Meares Island. We left the island at 8.30am and our hike officially started at 9am. As the hike got harder and harder we split up into smaller groups of 2 as we all had our own paces. The view from the top was phenomenal; we could see all the other islands up ahead and Tofino in the distance as well. It was pretty cold up top though so we decided to go back down pretty soon afterwards. In total, the hike took about 6 hours.
For our last night the boys made a massive fire so that we could warm up easily as it was drizzling once we got back to our camp. Our dinner of baked potatoes and baked beans and sausages filled us up really well after burning all that energy during our tough hike. Safe to say it was another early night for us.
The third day was mostly spent packing up all our stuff as it had started raining pretty hard and we couldn’t make a fire for our breakfast. Once we got back to the main land of Tofino we took shelter in a lovely place called Common Loaf Bakery where we enjoyed a warm coffee and breakfast sandwich.
As our tired bodies fell asleep on our bus trip back to Vancouver; we left Tofino in the distance with some very fond memories of the beautiful Vargas Island that was our home for the last 3 days.
I would definitely recommend this to all our outdoorsy and adventurous candidates. If you’re interested you can rent our camping equipment as well for a very affordable fee. More details will follow later this week. To check out all our other pictures of the trip click here to view them on our Flickr page.
What did everybody else get up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!
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