My girlfriend and I had a real wilderness trip to Cowichan River the other day, where we found a few rocks, smeared ourselves in clay, swam, threw rocks for dogs to catch and ran into a herd of elk.
We were trying to go on a first trip to Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island but couldn’t find a nice spot to get in the water that was away from people and allowed dogs. Instead, we went to Cowichan River and walked alongside it a ways to find a secluded gravel bar with a deep swimming area and a clay wall.
Rockhounding hadn’t been too successful when we went to the Nanaimo River, but here we found a mix of nice rocks, including Flowerstone, Dallasite and red jasper.
I swam one big chunk of Flowerstone not pictured here across the river. Not a long swim but I was proud of myself.
Fish were jumping in a pool up the river and my girlfriend thought she saw a bear. We saw a mink for sure.
We threw rocks for her dog to try to catch in the water. It was fun to watch him jump for them but he sure didn’t like actually catching them.
And on our way home, we had a great, surprising encounter with a herd of elk on a dirt road. Neither of us had seen elk in person before. They are absolutely massive! They seemed bigger than my truck with kayaks on top. Pictures don’t do it justice.
One of these days, we’d love to hunt an elk. There’s a lot of great wilderness and no doubt great rocks to be found too. Another great location in British Columbia, Canada!