Panchena Beach to Tsocowis Creek (16.5 km)
The alarm went off at 6:00 and we started eating breakfast and getting ready to start the trail. Our taxi came at 7:00 and after the obligatory starting picture we were off!
We choose the beach route at the beginning as it skips the 2nd highest ladder (or so we were told). It was raining, or misting as I like to call it but spirits were high despite the lack of sun.
We stopped briefly at Km 9 to see the sea lions resting on the rock and a km later we stopped at the Panchena Pt Lighthouse for some lunch.
At Km 12 we stopped at the Michigan Creek campsite for a break. Some of the less experienced hikers got a lesson about not throwing food away on the ground and others took advantage of the break for a quick nap.
As we continued to our camp the weather had cleared up and we could see gray whales in the distance. We also saw part of an old rusted out boat.
We set up camp, only to be disturbed by a bear who was curious. We then moved our camp to be beside another camp. The sky also cleared up to give us our first sunset of the trip.
All in all, a good first day.