Day Seven: Pursuit of Happiness

Thursday, August 10, 2017 Final day. The last 13 km of the trek, should be relatively flat according to the handy Blisters and Bliss Trail Book every hiker had with them. Just as estimated, under 3 hours, we made it to Pachena Bay Trailhead. Took off my hiking boots and planned on not putting them…

Day Five: Kelp Forest

August 8, 2017 We’ve been so lucky this trip. Apparently the driest it’s been in 190 years. Optimal conditions for hiking I’d say. Despite this, we were weary from the last three days of the trek. For a little boost of energy, Fi blasted some tunes and we had a mini dance party to get…

Day Four: Fog and Mist

Monday, August 7, 2017 The days seem to be getting shorter. Or at least the hikes are. We got up and packed our bags by 0900 to leave camp. Woke up this morning in a bit of a dreadful mood. First thought as I jumped up “is it raining?” There were droplets over our tent…

Day Two: Edge

Saturday, August 5, 2016 Swoosh, creak, clunk. Those were the sounds we woke up to this morning at 0600h. Swoosh as the waves came crashing ashore. The creak of the bear bin opening and clunk as it closed while campers one-by-one began to make their breakfast and started their trek on the beach to beat…

Day One: Otter-ly Eager

Friday, August 4, 2016 0700h: We were up and took the last hot shower we’d have for the next seven days.We packed our bags, filled our water, had our oatmeal breakfast and headed out to the registration office for orientation at 1000h. The park staff went through history of the trail (started in 1906 as…

Day Zero: Intro

Day Zero Intros. Meet the crew! Andrea, Fiona, Maxime and myself.

Spill the Beans

“Rising food prices”, “land grabs”, “inequality”and “climate change”…. all this talk seems to forecast a dark and daunting future threatening the security of our food. Though we see it printed in the newspapers, hear it in the media, and watch politicians talk about formulating policies for protecting us from famine, it almost seems like fiction. “Famine” – something so far away, written in books rather than reality. Though, we’ve seen these elements do their part in the past: starting with the 8 year yellow-haze known as the Dust Bowl that dried the southern fields or the Great Irish Potato Famine, some suggest that if we continue business-as-usual, the future famine will hit us harder and bigger than ever before. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the suggested hypothesis of what the future holds and explore what can be done to change this prophecy. 

Day 7: Tip of the Iceberg

Today, I had the privilege to be a part of the Town Hall meeting at Vancouver City Hall. We had a great turn out from the public, and an amazing panel of activists from the community and at the stakeholder level. Councillor Andrea Reimer, the President of the BC Federation of Labour Irene Lanzinger, and MLA…

Day 6: Food Cry-me

In less than 24 hours, the challenge will be over for me. But for 185,000 British Columbians (over 35,000 being children), it will go on indefinitely. After last evening’s lack of physical and mental strength, I checked the inventory of what was left of my food and went on a bit of a splurge. Yesterday was…

Day 5: Beyond the Hunger: Exhaustion.

My day started off pretty good, sleep seems to be pretty good at curbing my hunger for most days. I had a bit of trouble falling asleep last night (my belly was growling at me for not feeding it). But when I woke up, it didn’t seem so bad anymore. Too tired last night to…