It is the end of August and Meagan and Jorg surprised us a couple of weeks ago by announcing they wery going to join us for a vacation on the island.  Turns out that their dates for the trip coincided with our return from the glorious BC tour.  We gathered at Blaine and Lisa’s home on the Friday and took the same ferry home the next morning.

Thereafter the plans went wrong.  The weeks of hot sunny dry days we had been experiencing turned to overcast and drizzle.  We tried to make the best of it by taking them to a good restaurant for their anniversary, but they were determined they were going to explore the island.  The next morning they set off to see what Port McNeill and Telegraph Cove could offer.  In their planning they brought their  wetsuits and paddle boards expecting to explore the many inlets for several days.

But the next day they called and asked if they could come back to our place as it was raining (as only the northern rain coast can do).

Their prize for returning was for Pat and I to take them to tour a museum in Campbell River.  Great museum but not, I suspect, better than their plans for paddle boating on the inland lakes.

So yesterday I proposed a hike on a great hiking trail.  A trail that leads from the highway to a lookout overlooking the Seymour Narrows to the site of the Ripple Rock explosion in 1958.

I did this hike last year and remembered it as a great hike, but kind of forgot that it has a fair amount of vertical climbs scrambling up scattered rock and tree roots. Actually not a moderate but a difficult undertaking on our hiking club scale.

No issue for Meagan and Jorg but Pat found it a bit of a chore.  No question I also had to take a lot of breaks.

But the view at the end on a cliff overlooking the narrow strait where the largest non-nuclear explosion took place in 1958 was wonderful.  The overcast had broken and we had a half hour of sunshine to enjoy our lunch.

The hike back was a bit easier but with a drizzle, making the rocks somewhat slippery.

This was supposed to be a great adventure hike in the sunshine, but it is the Wet Coast.

Great dinner that night (Pat’s famous seafood chowder).

All together a pretty good day although Pat still insists this was NOT a moderate hike.

Unfortunately, with the west coast rain, Meagan and Jorg cut short their holiday and headed home this morning.