Daily Archives: July 11, 2015

Summertime, And The Living Is…

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 choseĀ to take a few days off for a mini vacation. We decided to head west to Vancouver Island.

Ready to hit the road at 6:00 a.m.

Ready to hit the road at 6:00 a.m.

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 numberĀ 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.

Watching a fly fisherman in the river

Watching a fly fisherman in the river



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.

The Captain's Inn, Qualicum Beach, B.C. We can highly recommend this motel. Clean rooms, friendly manager, right at the water's edge... what more could you ask for?

The Captain’s Inn, Qualicum Beach, B.C. We can highly recommend this motel. Clean rooms, friendly manager, right at the water’s edge… what more could you ask for?


20150701_164024With 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).


good night

Sunset, a nightcap, and we were off to bed. It was a long, but wonderful day and, tomorrow? The ocean!

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