Well this wasn’t the plan, but plans don’t always work out on the west coast.
We were invited up to Hotsprings Village for the Hesquiaht Nation Christmas dinner. We decided to go up earlier in the afternoon so we could relax in the Hotsprings for a bit too!
The springs were amazing. The pounding storm surge was moving logs and foam right up to the waterfall and so we watched in awe from the pools at the top of the falls. You could feel the thunder of each wave ripple through the rocks.
Dinner was amazing as always. Hesquiaht always feeds us so well! We knew there was a chance we would be staying the night as the winds weren’t dying down as we had hoped they would. We walked down to the dock after dinner but there were now whitecaps in the harbour so we double checked the boats ropes and headed to a friends house for the night.
I had work in the morning but let my coworkers know I might be late coming in. Hotsprings is about 40 minutes further from Tofino than Ahousaht and I would need to stop at home to grab my things and check on the animals.
In the end though, we couldn’t get out in the morning either. Well, so far anyways. The water has calmed down somewhat but the swells are breaking all the way across the mouth of the bay.
Hotsprings village used to have a backroad to Stewardson Inlet which is much calmer for the boats but it’s been washed out in three places now and is inaccessible by road.
Thankfully my coworker is able to take my shift for me today, and I’ve learned my lesson on relying on the weather to do the right thing and let me go where I need to go!
So for now, we’re stormbound, but I know someone here will have another pot of coffee for us!
Update: I did end up getting out with village locals who needed to drive around to Stewardson Inlet, despite the washouts, to take a patient out to access the hospital. More than anything I needed to get home to look after the animals and the waves at the Point weren’t calming down enough to let us out. About an hour after I left though, Lennie was able to get out, more willing to take a risk without me with him. He took advantage of the low tide slack to make it around and thankfully home to Ahousaht, in one piece!