Commemorating 25 Years Since My West Coast Trail Hike

DM (Donna) Hanton, Writer
4 min readJul 5, 2023

I’ve produced a dearth of writing (other than my serial novel) for the past few months. I have mused often though, on how best to ease my way back into it, now that the tumult of travelling, house purchase, more travelling and moving is dying down.

This past week marked the 25th anniversary of my completing the West Coast Trail hike on Vancouver Island. I wrote the essence of this post five years ago for an old blog — the result of a creative writing assignment — a shoo-in to re-publish in commemoration. Update and edit for an easy post — done!

Then, as we were in the throes of planning our move, I got some sad news. One of the six of us, all friends who did the hike together, had passed away. So this post is also to honour my friend Linda.

“The Gang’ at the end of the trail — a motley, but happy crew!

She is the lovely lady front and centre in this picture. Time and distance effectively meant we lost touch, but while we lived in Alberta, we shared some incredible memories. High days and holidays at house parties. International dinners and Name That Tune. Our respective weddings.

And few memories rank higher than hiking the West Coast Trail (weddings notwithstanding, of course!). To quote her words, when this photo was posted on Facebook a few years ago, “That was awesome, wasn’t it?” Yes, Linda, it absolutely was.

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DM (Donna) Hanton, Writer

Hi, I’m Donna. Fiction Writer. My current WIP is domestic suspense, titled Love to Hatred Turned. I post about writing, life — all the stuff, really!