We just got home from 5 days and nights on Vancouver Island, B.C.
We love being there!
British Columbia is a place with a pace that we enjoy, and some of the most unspoiled coastline I've ever seen. The people are kind, the food is excellent, and the weather is unpredictable.
David loves climbing on the rocks and cliffs.
After checking in to our hotel and cleaning up, we walked through town and found a restaurant that was agreeable to all of us: Il Terrazzo. Dinner was delicious, and the walk back to the hotel felt good.
Our favorite lodge is adjacent to Tofino, the Pacific Rim National Park and Clayoquot Sound; we like to rent a cabin there. These are views of our one-bedroom, one-bath-plus-sleeping-loft cabin. It has a woodstove, a small table and chairs and a galley-style kitchen. David climbs the ladder to get up to the sleeping loft.
Here is Gregg, on the deck of the cabin.
You can see that the weather was misty and gray.
It stayed this way a majority of the time, and one day, it even POURED rain.
Here's a little contrast for you: misty...
and the same view, in the sunshine.
It was sunny like this for about two hours, one day.
I'm not kidding.
The lodge has plenty of slickers and rain boots to lend, in case you forget to bring yours on your vacation in AUGUST.
Not a good place to be on a diet, but there is plenty to do to get your exercise each day.
Gregg and David playing "Battleship" in a cozy corner of the living room in the main lodge, after dinner. They also played "foosball."
I think they got tired of posing for me.
We hiked for miles on the coast. The beaches are so sandy and pristine that you can go barefoot.
Gregg and David on rocks at Combers Beach.
Vancouver Island is rugged and beautiful. There have been dozens of shipwrecks along this coast, and if you spend any time there, you will know why.
The beauty of sealife in a tide pool.
For some reason, David wanted to disturb this enormous flock of seagulls. He did it on his own, and then talked me into joining him - both of us ran straight into the gathered birds. Gregg took these photos of us.
Doesn't David look a bit like a seagull here?
We rented beach cruiser bikes, and rode along the shore and bike paths, to town and back (about 14 kilometres). We had lunch at a cafe in Tofino. David rode even farther, while Gregg and I took a walk on Chesterman Beach.
Due to forest fires on the mainland, on our first night in Tofino, we saw this dramatic pink sunset.
After three days in Tofino, we made the trip back down to Victoria. Gregg and I walked a few miles around town to stretch our legs, while David went swimming at the hotel.
We love to take the boardwalk and trails from the hotel in James Bay, and walk along the beach paths, around town, up to Beacon Hill Park, to the shopping district, etc.
This is the view from the Coho ferry as we left Victoria's Inner Harbour and departed for home.
I love B.C., and the city of Victoria! After many years of visiting the city, we are still discovering new places and things to do. It was great to be together as a family, without the distractions of work and daily chores. Being mindful of friends who are living with enormous health issues, of caregivers and those for whom they tenderly care, I felt deeply thankful to be able to enjoy walking and seeing the beauty and variety around me.
Now that we're home, the guys are back at work, and I am washing clothes, cleaning, catching up on correspondence - and looking forward to catching up with all of you!