So, I’ve been totally procrastinating on posting about the last few days of our recent trip to Vancouver Island. I don’t know why. So I’ve decided that I’m just going to do it, no matter how it turns out.
The glorious rays of early morning sunlight over San Josef Bay
On day 6 we hiked from Fisherman’s River to Eric’s Lake where we stopped for lunch. Then we continued on back down to San Josef Bay where we camped for our last night. The clouds had finally broke and blue sky replaced the grey. It was almost unreal that we basically had the whole huge beach to ourselves. This was the first night we had a fire and it felt so delicious to let the cold and wet seep away.
Gorgeous seastacks, with some morning sun
The whole beach, virtually untouched…
…but with surprising details anywhere you looked. How cool are those barnacles?
Another interesting and tiny find
Here he is… scampering away
The never-ending enjoyment of finding unique (and unoccupied) shells
Day 7 we hiked out. Our backpacking adventure was over and we all treated ourselves to a fresh and hot meal at the Scarlet Ibis. Afterwards we headed back to our cabin at the Cluxewe Resort. Let me tell you, after four days in the woods where water was at a premium, a warm shower was like liquid bliss.
The Cluxewe Resort’s resident cat, sunning itself on the steps
The view of the ocean from our cabin
Thick rolling fog, departing over the water
An unusual catch of what David simply calls the “ugly” fish
Caught! A wild salmon that was soon released
On the morning of day 8 the boys spent the morning fishing and then we packed up to head south to the capital of Victoria. Despite there being a sign that said “Full” we were lucky to find a site at Goldstream Provincial Park. That night we strolled around the heart of Victoria, listening to street music, perusing some of the souvenir shops and eventually dining at a tapas bar restaurant that had outdoor seating. It was located on a narrow but immensely charming pedestrian side street. It was funny to notice all of the good looking people, dressed up in their saturday night best, while we sat in our slightly less-than-fresh camping clothes.
The Parliament Building at night, downtown Victoria
Our late night dinner at the Tapa Bar Restaurant
Day 9 signaled the end of our trip. We drove back into Victoria for coffee and to see about getting a ferry off the island. The way I see it, the ferry system is slightly complicated and the maps we had weren’t particularly clear. Eventually we found the right place, taking a smaller Washington state ferry through the San Juan Islands to Anacortes, Washington, which was just lovely. The ferries are expensive (at least for us because our rooftop carrier exceeded the limit for normal vehicle passage), but break up the driving time in a very desirable way. It also provided a fitting closing to our trip on the Island, that I will surely never forget. And I hope someday, very soon, to return.
The majestic triple doors of St Andrew’s Church, Victoria
A view of some islands from the ferry