Juan de Fuca Trail Day 3

Day 3, 7/30/2016: 21 km

We woke up at 5:30AM and got a quick start.

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The beach at sunrise

The trail was extremely demanding and progress was fairly slow.  This was marked “the most difficult” section, and the trail was very steep and slippery and we were constantly clambering down the sides of cliffs and up muddy banks.  I was happy not to see a single bug for several hours.  The forest was beautiful.

Dirt Stew stopped me as I was teetering on the side of a cliff and showed me a Douglas Fir cone, pointing out the funny dragon tongue protrusions on the cones.

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Meanwhile I was nervous about what would happen if we encountered one of these wasp’s nests in a particularly dangerous area.  I could see myself falling to my death while running away from wasps.  We managed to tip toe past several nests and arrived at Bear Beach where there were tons of people camped.  We walked along the beach and my legs felt like jelly.

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I was relieved to be through the difficult section but we had many more miles to hike to make it to the end of the trail, and I knew my legs would need to find some extra energy.  We then heard that there were more wasp’s nests ahead, and I told Dirt Stew that I’m happy to finish the trail, but I wasn’t about to hike it again in reverse to get back to our car.  I’d prefer to hitchhike back and day-hike somewhere else with our extra time.  We hiked on to Mystic Beach which was absolutely crowded with people and their children.  The last 2 kilometers of the trail seemed to last forever.  Fatigue had gotten the better of me.

We were able to hitch hike back to our car without too much trouble and we drove to the nearest place to have a meal.  After an expensive and disappointingly small plate of linguini alfredo, we drove back to the beginning of the trail at Botanical Beach and camped in the forest out of sight of the trail.

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Nothing feels quite as much like home as the tent.

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5 thoughts on “Juan de Fuca Trail Day 3

  1. Oh dear, the wasps! I am going to do this trail in about 2 weeks time with my significant other and it’ll be great to let him know we will have another challenge! I was stung by some as a child and I absolutely hate them. Thanks for posting about your trip, it gives me a better idea of what to expect. Despite the insects, I am still quite excited to hike along the ocean! Also, good on you for doing such a challenging trip having had your surgery. Hope you keep adventuring =)

    -Jennormous

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    • HI!! My only further suggestion is
      Not to miss out on Botanical Beach! It’s Dirt Stew’s favorite spot, but you could skip it if you wanted to. Go at low tide (or just not at high tide), and jump around the tide pools!! Have a great trip 🙂

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