Thursday, October 27, 2011
7/15/93 – Made it to Bridal Falls, BC by 2:00 PM. We left about 8:30 AM and did not stop for lunch. The BW bought two sweaters for $12 total yesterday – then spent $4 washing them. She claims one is a $100.00 sweater, but I wouldn’t know. It has been raining off and on all day today, and the sweaters aren’t dry. It’s cold, about 60 degrees, but 87 per cent relative humidity so I sweat copiously, both while hitching up this morning and while setting up camp here. We’re about to hike up to the falls – a 15 minute walk. More later.
The falls were truly impressive – 80 meters (195 foot) trop, and you get right up to the bottom of them. The path up to the observation platform, however, is a real killer. It seemed like several hundred feet up, and it took 30 minutes to walk back down, too. Very steep. I didn’t take my camera along because the BW said “not for her” and because it was raining a little. Also, the spray at the foot of the falls was heavy enough to soak my sweater. The temperature was about 56 degrees on my little mirror thermometer, and it was probably 100 per cent relative humidity. I also didn’t take any pictures from the ferry this morning. The ferry is one reason (Port Townsend to Widby Island) that we only covered 135 miles in six hours – first wait, then go slow, then waid some more. We had to turn in the apples the BW just bought and my can of Halt (pepper spray) to get into the country. Were we got off of I5 (exit 256) I stopped at a bank and traded $100 US for $126.36 Canadian. The teller told me that if I gave her the Canadian money back I would get $97.22. With that three per cent loss it is obvious that you don’t want to bring back a great deal of Canadian money.