I don't know exactly how I went down, but I knew right away that something was wrong with my arm. I screamed loudly until I saw Christian run towards me. I could move my fingers, but my shoulder really hurt, and I could feel the top of my upper arm bone outside its socket. My shoulder was dislocated. Luckily W was okay despite having gone down with me. She just quietly observed as we got the carrier off and wondered off to deal with the shoulder. It was only the second day of our holiday, we had only hike 3km of the trailI and I was sure this was the end of our holiday. I apologies to Christian for ruining our holiday as we walked towards a big rock. Luckily Christian remembered from a wilderness first aid course he took more than a decade ago, how to gently pop in a dislocated shoulder. I lay chest down on a rock and dangled my arm freely downward - this already felt better and I started to relax. Christian started applying traction downwards to my arm and it quickly popped in to place with a loud pop. Christian said my arm became two inches shorter. I immediately felt better, but the arm still felt very sore. We found a comfy place to hang out a little further along the beach, got everyone settled down and I got some good painkillers. We contacted our emergency contact in town for advice, while we contemplated our options. It quickly became apparent that we would not need immediate rescue so we decided to set up camp and see how things were the next morning.
The previous day we had flew into Louie Lagoon and hiked the one kilometer of somewhat challenging trail to third beach. Ironically I had been worried about Christian hurting himself as he has carrying most of our gear and all our food for 7 days in our 90L backpack weighing in at an impressive 115+ lb. I was surprised that it didn't take us more than an hour to get to third beach. We spend the afternoon playing in the waves, exploring the beach and relaxing in the sand. It was a pretty awesome place to hang out and reminded me of our trip to Vargas Island.
On our second day we were stalled before we even left the beach as we noticed F's sole was coming off her boot. I headed off with N and W, while Christian attempted a boot fix. The first part of the trail was over a high land with lots of logs to get over, under or around. Ones we popped out on the next beach I quickly spotted a number of whales in the waves. I spend the next hour observing the whales, which I think were humpbacks, while N ran around on the beach and had a snack. Once the rest of the group caught up we hiked along the rocky shore for a few kilometers before arrive on a shelf of flat sandstone. The kids were running up the steep slopes along the shore, but I worried about some them slipping on the patches of algee, so I called them to come down and walked with them along the bottom. We hiked together across the algee and this is where I went down.
The day after the fall I felt pretty good all considering, and everyone were keen to continue. Since I chouldn't carry the backpack we decided that our friend Miriam would carry the baby carrier with W and Christian would have to double carry everything else. We wanted to make it to Calvin Falls which were about 9km of pretty straight forward hiking on sandy or rocky beaches. The first half of the day was touch with a lot of complaining, not from me like you might expect, I had a great time hiking without a pack, but from the little ones. Around lunch time I told the kids it would be time to stop at the next point, but as we neared the point a nasty smell became more and more pungent. Soon enough we noticed that it was a whale carcass that was responsible. Miriam was disappointed that the bones were still covered in rotting blubber as she really wanted a whale vertebra.
After lunch we met Christian on his way back for the second round of stuff. At this point spirits were high and we enjoyed the walk around Skuna Bay, where we observed lots of tiny crabs running under our feet as we walked along. As we turned the corner towards Calvin Falls it felt like we were basically there, but what we hadn't accounted for was the immense amount of sea treasures (especially sea urchins) to explore and collect, which substantially slowed down the kids.
The walk from Calvin beach started out easy and fast on sandy beaches, but then transitioned to larger rocks at times covered in seaweed or a sloppy rocky beach. It was better than expected , but still slowed us down, however all the sea treasures waiting to be collected slowed us down even more. Every few steps there was something that needed to be picked up, and slowly packs, pockets, and buckets got filled to the brim. We had decided to walk a few kilometers past Bajo point to the next creek. This part of the beach was tiny pebbles that you would ankle deep into. I didn't mind, but it was pretty hard on Christian with his heavy packs. It was not the best of the campsites, but we had it all to ourself and with an ocean view you can't really complain. Kids spend the evening arranging all their treasures.
The next day we took a day trip to Beano creek. It was nice to all be able to hike together with light packs. Beano creek had some cool pebble formations blocking the creek. The kids had so much fun sliding and climbing in the pebbles. The creek looked great for swimming too, but the wind was cold, so we opted to stay dry. It is pretty late by the time we start heading back to our camp and we only barely manage to make dinner and get ready for bed before dark. We opted to hike back to Bajo Point on our last full day on the trail. It was a short hike, but at this point Christian was pretty stoked to avoid double carrying, so he strapped everyones stuff on his back
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