Day 166 – Niagara Falls Day 2 of 2

Today Fanny and I had planned to go the Hornblower Niagara Falls Boat tour. It delivered what was expected, stunning views of the falls and a good shower. It wasn’t a very long tour but it was plenty of time to get intimate views of the falls and get a good chill from the water. We took the shots below prior to boarding. These shots were taken from the Hornblower itself. After the tour we grabbed a cup of coffee and I dropped Fanny back at the hostel. I said goodbye and drove towards home. Driving on recognizable roads, and eventually through my neighborhood felt surreal. It had been over 5 months since I had seen my milieu and it was more jarring than showing up to an unfamiliar location. The first leg of this trip took 166 days and put 17,832 miles on my car.  

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Day 162 & 163 – The long drive

I knew I had a lot of driving to do and was really not looking forward to it. My solution was to fit as much as I could on Monday’s drive. In essence, make my last driving days progressively shorter and more tolerable. To do that I put in 18hrs on the road this first day, a personal best/worst. By the end of it my ass hurt like hell. In total I drove 1,179 miles according to the google map below. The following day was 11hrs to get me to a hostel in Toronto. Again because I was crossing the border I thought I should have some accommodation in case I was asked about it. I stayed at the Canadian backpacker inn. I arrived fairly late so I pretty much just showered and went to bed shortly after that. In all I drove 1,805 miles without accounting for detours for…

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Day 146 – Olympic National Park Backcountry Day 3 of 3

I had a little break in weather and quickly emptied my tent and began to pack it up. Since it had been raining heavily throughout the night this would probably be the best opportunity to do this. I packed up my soaking wet tent in the light drizzle and soon after  I took my stuff to the closed Ranger station and cooked/ate under the covered porch. After breakfast I headed out on the Hoh River trail, the trail I came in on. At this point my camera was so wet that I thought I would cease to work, and it did cease to work. This is why today is void of lots of pictures. The one or two shots I managed before my camera quit on me were filled with water spots. I got out with enough daylight to go to another part of the park where I could see…

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Day 145 – Olympic National Park Backcountry Day 2 of 3

Armed with my dry change of clothes I retrieved my bear bag and made breakfast. It was not pouring down but it was still raining. Today I had planned on hiking about 17 miles round trip to make up for the distance I didn’t cover yesterday. I stopped frequently taking pictures and doing my best to not get my non-waterproof camera wet. Here is my heavier 3 person tent which I had to use since my lighter tent had to get sent in for repairs. I was taken by these little mushrooms yesterday and I was happy to find some more along the trail today. Perhaps it was the contrast against all the green but they had this very pure white to them with a soft delicate appearance. There were a few river crossings and some that I was told could swell making them impassable. I found it funny that…

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Day 144 – Olympic National Park Backcountry Day 1 of 3

I woke up pretty late inside the park demonstrating how much I needed sleep. I took the short drive to the ranger station and spoke to one of the gentlemen on duty. He informed me that there would be massive thunderstorms starting Tuesday afternoon. I was not planning on going into the backcountry today but in light of the weather pattern I decided to get a back country permit to take advantage of the “good” weather. The permit was for 3 days and 2 nights. I headed onto the Hoh River Trail at 2pm after cooking/eating some food in the parking lot, filling my water bottles, and packing my bag. I took a side detour off of the main trail to the hall of mosses which was really pleasant. The way the moss engulfed the trees was something I had not seen before. The best way I could describe it is…

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