April 29, 2012
Hanging out in Prince Rupert BC
A day of rest. The ferry to Ketchikan AK does not arrive until Tuesday. Today I did some laundry and rested up from the long run across the country.
At daylight, I did take a walk through town, stopping at a local breakfast shop for tea and egg sandwich. Just as with any town across the country, this was the place for locals to stop for a morning coffee and catch up on the daily gossip. In Montana the talk was centered on the conditions of the hay fields, in North Dakota is was about beef prices, here the talked centered on fishing and latest arrival of ships needing unloaded.
Late in the afternoon, I went for a short drive out of town and found a hiking trail. The 2.8 Kilometer trail highlighted the Butz Rapids. Here with the incoming tide, the water runs up the rapids, filling the upriver lake. When the tide returns to the sea, the river once again flows out. Reading the informational sign, I another sign grabbed my attention. The sign warned on wolves and bear in the area and hikers should not bring their pets on the trail and should carry bear spray and whistle.
A light rain fell on the afternoon. I heeded the warning sign and over my rain gear I strapped on my bear spray. Not far along the trail, two college aged girls passed returning to the parking lot. Each girl was walking with their dogs and was dressed in jogging attire.
Further along the trail, I crossed paths with a family complete with two little dogs and a baby stroller. Ok, so now I was feeling a little over dressed for the trail. Several joggers were also using the trail. Seems like here in the pacific rain forest a little drizzle does not keep people at home. People of all ages, most with their dogs in tow, and, at the most, wore only a light rain coat hiked the trail. Here I was in my total rain suit of bibs and jacket, and my bear spray hanging over my shoulder. I felt a little over dressed and embarrassed.
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Close to the end of the hike, I met up with a few women, walking their dogs and young son. I asked about the sign. They explained they have not seen any sign of wolves or bear in the area for a few years, but said they are around. And the rain, it’s just part of life around here. Driving back into town, I noticed a family picnic including a bone fire and a baseball game being played.
Tomorrow, I’m going to drop the kayak into the sound and do some back cove exploring – rain or no rain.