My plan was to explore the wild parts of the British Columbia coast.
While there were plenty of wild places on South Vancouver Island, around Victoria, where I lived, the north shore of Vancouver Island seemed to be more undeveloped. Studying various information sources
had confirmed that my expectations were justified. While not a wilderness
place per se, with lots of commercial and recreational activities going on
year-around, the area seemed to retain most of its wild nature, from coastal
rain forests to the ocean with its maze of islands and inlets, and active
wildlife. I had finally visited the
north shore earlier this year with my brother and his family, and was taken by
the rugged nature. That trip was very pleasant but too short for in-depth
explorations, just one week, leaving me wanting more. I had decided to come
back alone, with a photo camera and plenty of time, and move around at a pace
allowing me to explore various places without the time pressure of
a typical short vacation. I had settled on three weeks -- a compromise between
the desire to do more and the need to take care of business back home. I had
also decided to use this trip as a testing ground for various equipment and a
learning opportunity for myself.
In this regard, my goals were simple: before undertaking
anything longer, in more remote and demanding areas, to test the concept of
kayaking an inflatable kayak solo, with no dependency on the outside supplies.
I also planned to test some other equipment I would likely take with me on an
extended expedition, and to see if I could pool this out alone logistically,
physically and mentally. Finally, I wanted to gain experience in sea kayaking,
including handling rough situations.