Wander With Us - Roadtrip to Tofino

If I could be anywhere in the world at this exact moment--anywhere at all--I would be right here; sitting amongst the moss and the ferns and the towering trees. I really don't think there's any place that makes my heart happier. I've always been obsessed with mossy floors and covered bark because the texture itself photographs amazingly, but my weird love for moss has turned into something more hahah it's honestly my dwelling place, my perfect haven of comfort and contentment. This blog post has been a long time coming! I've just gotten so caught up with Spring sessions and planning for the future that my Vancouver posts got somewhat backlogged. Today I want to share with you our roadtrip to Tofino, and our camping adventure once we got there. Before I jump in, I wanted to acknowledge how thankful we are to have been able to spend time with a bit of Mark's family before heading out to Tofino. It makes me teary eyed just thinking of the compassionate and gracious hospitality that was shared with Mark + I during the entirety of our trip, and our trip to the island really was the cherry on top of the whole experience. Thank you Darren + Lindsay + Grace for welcoming us into your home, feeding us, giving us a place to sleep, and for sharing some super meaningful conversations--we can't wait to be back!

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Here we go, roadtrip time! We left Nanoose bright and early Monday morning and headed out to Tofino, passing the ever famous Cathedral Grove along the way! (Did you know part of one of the Star Wars movies was filmed here??) When we arrived, the morning sun was just starting to peak it's way through the thick and vibrant greenery, which made already astounding scenery all that much more incredible.

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As with a lot of things in life, the grass is always greener on the other side (which is actually quite literal if you're referring to Vancouver island...) As a photographer, I could have stayed here for the rest of my life, and never run out of locations or landscapes to use for sessions. Can you spot me in the image below? My green coat and camera bag have got me blending right in!

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Later that day, after an amazing and winding drive through, on top, and around the mountains, we arrived in Tofino. Since it was our very first time ever being there, we drove around the town and just took everything in--we still couldn't believe that we had made it there! The first thing we did was park the truck near a path, and ran through the rainforest until we hit sand. I can't quite explain the feeling that overwhelmed us as our cold toes finally hit the sandy shores; it was an incredible and humbling euphoria that I cannot even begin to put into words. You know those moments that happen sometimes, where you become so overwhelmed with joy, gratitude, love, and peace, that you just want to cry? Well, that's exactly what happened. I can still remember the look on Mark's face and the way that my heart felt in that very moment---life is so very good.

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One of the downfalls of being so spontaneous, is that we were 150% unprepared to go camping; what you see above is basically all that we had. Thankfully our two amaaaazing friends who we had been staying with back on the mainland lent us their tent, along with a tarp and some blankets. We ended up stoping at a Canadian Tire back in Port Alberni to grab a few more "necessities", and decided that we'd make do with all that we had scrounged up :) We knew that it wouldn't be the most luxurious camping experience, but that's what it's all about isn't it? Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean and waking up to this view alone was worth the soreness of sleeping on hard ground. P.S we also didn't really have any food with us (unless you count half a bottle of wine and chocolate covered pretzels...) so we ended up going to lunch earlier (to Shelter--soooo delicious!), and purposely saved our fries to eat as our supper later that night hahah. Fries + wine, classy AND tasty.

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I want to leave you with a little caption from an image that I ended up Instagramming while Mark and I were sitting next to each other in front of our campfire later that night. It just goes along with that feeling of gratitude and joy that I had touched on earlier, and is all about making things happen for yourself. If you'd like to see the image, you should be able to find it quite easily over on Instagram (@kaihlatonai), but here's what I had to say: "If this trip has taught us anything, it's that the adventure you seek is ALWAYS worth it, even if you have to save money in other ways to make it happen. There is no one I'd rather share cheap wine & lunch time leftovers with." Don't ever be afraid of seeking adventure--if you're anything like Mark and I, doing things like this together is the air that we breathe. If you want something to happen, there's ALWAYS a way to make it happen; don't keep making excuses for yourself, I promise you won't regret it.

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