Busy, busy, busy. It’s already almost the middle of July. Time is absolutely flying by! So, where do I start?
At the beginning of this month (the July long weekend), the family next door (in the same building as we are) had a family reunion here at the yard so John and I chose to take a few days off for a mini vacation. We decided to head west to Vancouver Island.
On our way, we dropped Trinity and Ethan off at their grandfather’s house for a visit with them and their cousins. The drive out was fun; we stopped a few times, looking at the spectacular scenery, looking for waterfalls that were almost non-existent, and walking through the Othello Tunnels.
The Othello Tunnels are part of what used to be the Kettle Valley Railway. There are a number of tunnels, an engineering marvel, that wend their way through a series of rapids on the Coquihalla River. The tunnels have been restored, the old rail lines removed and the trail has now become part of the Trans Canada Trail. It was the only part of our trip in which we saw anything even closely resembling waterfalls.
After dropping off the kids, John and I continued on to the Duke Point Ferry Terminal, finally reaching our destination, Qualicum Beach, late Wednesday afternoon. The lovely little motel we stayed in is situated between the old highway and the water. When we arrived, the water was dead calm, barely a ripple on its surface.
With restaurants within walking distance, John and I had a lovely dinner on a patio overlooking the water. The only downside is that it was very warm and the umbrellas did very little to offer shade from the setting sun. The food was good though. Over dinner, we made plans for the next day; we decided to drive further west, across Vancouver Island to world famous Long Beach, on the Pacific Ocean (the water you see in the above picture is Georgia Strait).
Sunset, a nightcap, and we were off to bed. It was a long, but wonderful day and, tomorrow? The ocean!