More Clayoquot Sound


We left Windy Bay and motored through the narrow inlets to Matilda Island and anchored just off the First Nations community of Marktosis. On our way there we pasted by a beach that had two bears foraging for tasty snacks at low tide. We brought Samadhi right up near the beach to watch them feed. It was a real treat to be able to be so close to them and feel so safe. At our new anchorage, our guide book told us that there was a difficult hike to a beach and a small pool of geothermally warmed water. So we set out in shorts and tee-shirts and keen sandals at about 4:30 in the afternoon. The hike was indeed slow going and at not at all a maintained trail. There was not 20 ft of walking without climbing over a rock or under a leaning or fallen tree. We hiked for about 90 minutes and then turned back to the pool. The pool was quite a find. It was a man made rectangular pool that is fed from a sulfur spring. The water temperature was about 70 degrees. The pool was cut into the rock right in the path that the spring took to the bay, so the water was steadily being replenished. Victoria, Alexander and I all had an invigorating swim as Ashley watched in amusement as to why we can enjoy such cold water.

Black bear looking for breakfast
Alexander loved swimming in the man made “warm”spring pool
The warm spring pool was the perfect depth
Victoria viewing the black bear from the deck of Samadhi

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