After work last Friday, I headed onto Vancouver Island for a very short camping trip in Sooke.
I’m not the biggest fan of the ferry ride, especially if I’m alone. 😛However, I found myself enjoying the ride as I sat with a couple of strangers outside, looking at the wonderful view behind us.
Friday night was spent at Walmart buying equipment and preparing for the day ahead of us.
Originally we planned to get at the campsite at around 1pm, however, we had a late start to the day and had to run a few errands before our trip.
We got to Sooke River Campsite at around 4pm. We decided to set our little tent to claim our spot before we explore the rest of the campsite.
After we got settled, we packed our bags, took our valuables with us, and headed back again to the viewpoint we saw along the way.
We were prepared for the rain as the weather forecast predicted it. However, it showered for a little bit and cleared up not long after.
We adventured along the potholes. We followed a couple trails such as the Riverside Trail, Sand Pebble Beach, and Ripplerock Trail.
We went off trail quite a few times and to be quite honest, I’m glad we did or else we wouldn’t have seen and experienced these views in a way that we did.
Sometimes it’s quite hard to believe how beautiful nature can be. Granted these photos I’ve taken doesn’t give the place or these views justice. It’s much, much nicer in person.
After a couple hours of exploring, we quickly dipped ourselves into the water (I was mostly pushed in), and headed back to our campsite.
I obviously put on my compression socks to try and keep warm and to help with muscle recovery after hiking.
I’ve never really been camping before, except for that one time I went on a glamorous camping trip with my friend’s family, but I’ll have to say that the experience was definitely enjoyable.
We may have forgotten to bring pillows but at least we were warm during the night, thanksgiving to our new sleeping bags.
This short camping trip has definitely left me wanting more.
SOOKE RIVER CAMPSITE – THOUGHTS
I highly recommend going before it gets packed during the summer time! The workers are super nice, the outhouses are quite clean, and there are a bunch of areas to explore! For $25/night, you can’t beat that.