I’m on vacation! Can you guess where?
Ready to guess? If you said “the west coast”, you’re right! The first two photos were taken at the Crown Isle golf course clubhouse in Comox, BC. The food is from Deez Bar and Grill in Qualicum Beach, BC, and that’s me on the shore of the Salish Sea, ice cream in hand.
We’re on Vancouver Island for the week, soaking up some humidity and smelling the flowers while it snows in Calgary.
Our hotel is right on the shore, and from our window we’ve already seen harbour seals, a sea otter, bald eagles, common loons (the avian variety, though we’ve seen a few of the human sort, too), and thousands of surf scoters, black scoters, white-winged scoters, greater scaups, harlequin ducks, and of course, seagulls. Herring roe is lying in drifts along the shore, and the washed-up seaweed looks as though it’s been encrusted in yellow pearls. (Fortunately it’s not smelly.) I’m envying the stand-up paddleboarders and kayakers, but I’ll save that adventure for another trip.
We have lots of day trips planned, but we always have to go to one of my favourite places in the world: Cathedral Grove. This little pocket of old-growth forest is right off the Alberni Highway (#4), an enchanting few acres of giant trees that are hundreds of years old. No matter how often I go there, I still stand in awe.
Yesterday we made it to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre and the World Parrot Refuge, and still on our to-do list are trips to Englishman River Falls, some wineries, and any other interesting side trips that catch our eyes in passing.
And best of all, the weather has been perfect so far. As the joke goes, “Weather is here; wish you were beautiful”.
Hope you’re having a good week – we are! 🙂
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P.S. We’re out and about this morning, but I’ll be back to reply to comments later tonight or tomorrow morning. “Talk” to you then!