At this time last year, I was anticipating my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest in northern BC.  I had lots of conflicting thoughts – did I make the right decision in choosing this trip to celebrate a momentous birthday?  I wanted to do something outside my comfort zone, but at the same time, why didn’t I just choose to lay on a beach somewhere?  I’ve never slept on a boat, heck I’d never been on a boat for more than a few hours at a time, why did I think I’d like to spend a week on a small boat with five people I’ve never met before?  There was gear to be bought, had to get a tetanus shot, and plan how to deal with my diabetes. More than once I thought should I really do this?  But by then the trip was paid for, flights were booked to Prince Rupert, and the excitement of doing something different and going somewhere off the beaten path outweighed the fear and doubt.  I had a churning, upset stomach the morning we got on the float plane to meet the boat in a tiny aboriginal fishing village called Hartley Bay (of course, being on the float plane and hitting pockets of air, did nothing to quell the butterflies in my stomach!) But, once we met our hosts, got settled on the boat, and were off on our adventure starting down the Douglas Channel it really was amazing and it really was everything I’d hoped it would be.

Scenes like this, the calm water, and the reflections of the forests of trees and snow-capped mountains, were well worth the doubt and the anxiety before the trip!

entering anchorage in the Great Bear Rainforest

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