Back in May, Collin and I took a day trip to Othello Tunnels on a soggy day for our anniversary hike. I can’t recommend visiting this place enough — history, creepiness, and walking all wrapped into one amazing excursion. These tunnels deserve not just one, but two blog posts!
Honestly, I just wanted somewhere to deposit all the excessive phone photos I took of this majestic cavernous wonderland. Give me a beautiful location and something that can record light and I will poop out entirely too many photos. If anyone was wondering, these were all taken with a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, except for the featured picture of me taking pictures — photo cred goes to Collin with his Canon Rebel T6i.
There were a series of 5 tunnels to walk through. At some point, this was supposed to be a railroad but I honestly don’t know what happened with that. I’m glad it is now not for trains, but a walking trail with spectacular views.
The Othello Tunnels are about a 2 hour drive east of Vancouver, easy to get to if you have a car or have a friend you can bribe into giving you a ride. It’s well worth the drive!
Places like this really stirs the imagination. It’s visually remarkable, and feels otherworldly. Are you a creative type? This place is a cornucopia of inspiration. I would make short films here. I would do fashion shoots here. I would paint, write stories, dance from one end to the other like a lunatic. It was an amazing little get away from the stiflingly ugly cityscape for a little bit.
After the walk through the tunnels, we continued on the hiking trail that ascended over the caves. The man-made structures dissolved into quaint moss covered rocks and trees. Suddenly, it became a different brand of beautiful. I couldn’t tell you which one I liked more.
On the drive back, we stopped in Chilliwack for some ice cream at Mighty Moose Ice Cream. Because 1) we were craving some dessert from the walk, and 2) you’re a straight up monster if you don’t stop for ice cream, especially when the shop’s mascot is moose that is most definitely high as a kite.
I hope you enjoyed my photo dump! Wherever you are in the world, I urge you to explore some cool places near you! There could be some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have fathomed. I admit that I thought Vancouver was so square that I never bothered to truly explore the surrounding areas, and only thought of flights to hop on and other continents to escape to. But when you’re saving up for that next big trip, don’t forget that there could be something awesome just a short drive away.