July 8, 2012
I love cooking with my new stove and dishes! I found out from the park ranger that I can stay here for 14 days, and I just might do that! I have the best campsite at Fairy Lake, #20, the sun warms me up in the morning, and I can walk right into the lake. Also, camping 101 – I have learned to angle my truck when I park it in front of my trailer and then I don’t always have to make sure my hair is all in place when the looky-loos saunter by.
I am getting used to the laid-back camper life and really love it. I had to drive down to Victoria to get more truck repairs done, a new starter and the AC fixed, and the canopy hinge, but everything is working well now, cross my fingers. I bought an inverter, it is actually too big to use via the lighter, and so I used the battery hook up to the engine with clamps today and charged my camera battery. I will try my computer battery next. Now it’s all up to me! I can’t delegate anything, and I have to make my own coffee in the morning!
Do you actually know where I am? Fairy Lake is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, five kilometres from the community of Port Renfrew and accessible by the Harris Main Forest Service Road, which is an active gravel-logging road. You are supposed to drive with your lights on and know that logging trucks have the right of way, so there are pullouts and gravel shoulders to give way to these huge trucks. The lake is located upstream from the mouth of the San Juan River. What is unique about this lake (besides the fairies!) is a single dwarfed fir tree growing from the exposed end of a sunken log in the middle of the lake.
Today I hiked part of the stunning Juan de Fuca Marine Trail, a wilderness hiking trail that was created through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy as an enduring reminder of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. I went in at the Botanical Beach trailhead, and loved every step of the way. It is such a wild and beautiful coast as you know!
Email from home – my sister MJ
“I am full of admiration that you are following your heart and going on such an adventure! You won’t regret it – you would regret it if you had never done it. How much more interesting life will be for you by knowing that you don’t have to follow the beaten path that so many others take. We are born individuals and we need to honor that and to really listen to our hearts. Having said that remember your adventure may only be a month and then you will have had enough or it could be six months who knows, what’s important is that you feel good with what you’re doing.
I think this next chapter in your life is going to be (heck it already is) one of the most interesting!
I wish you the most insightful, fun, loving, journey!! You GO Girl!”
The only way for me to contact the outside world is when I go into town and hook up via the restaurant internet. I am kind of liking that too!
The perfect marshmallow