We spent our Christmas in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Besides eat and drink with our good friends, we spent most of our time on the beach, either running or walking. Needless to say, it was amazing!
We arrived on Christmas Eve day and immediately went exploring Chesterman Beach. The day was clear and bright and towards the end of our walk we were treated to this gorgeous sunset.
The water was jam-packed with surfers and lots of them didn't even leave the water until it was pitch black!
Each morning Les and I woke up and went for a 4.5 km run on the beach right in front of the house we were renting. It's called Zoe's at North Beach and if you ever find yourself in the area, I highly recommend it!
The first morning (Christmas Day) it was bright, cold and clear again. Here we are with Max just getting ready for our first run.
Max was in his glory. This dog LIVES for beach time so I'm sure he felt like a kid at Disneyland!
The second morning of our stay it was pouring rain and windy. We went running again and got soaked, but it was totally worth it! I'm not a huge fan of beach running because of the unstable footing, but the sand was so hard-packed and level that running on it was a breeze. I even did some pick-ups and a sprint for the last 300 m.
Later in the day we went hiking and came across this cool totem ...
...and then this bird high up in a tree. I've done some googling and I'm pretty sure it's a young bald eagle.
Our third morning we woke up to a little drizzle but it quickly cleared and promised to be another beautiful day. Sadly though, we had to clean up, pack and vacate by 11:00 am. So no run, but we DID go for another beach hike.
Our little get-away was so fabulous that it has me thinking about destination runs/races again. My last one was a few years ago when I flew to Calgary with a friend to run a half-marathon.
It's definitely time to start scoping out some new adventures.