First off, Isaac came ashore in Martinique as a Tropical Depression, so it broke up as it crossed the island, thank goodness. No damage and hoping the remainder of the hurricane season is without incident.
AND…WELCOME TO CANADA!
While here in BC, we took the ferry and spent a week on Vancouver Island in the town of Sidney. While there, we drove up island a ways to Ladysmith, BC and we met with another sailor that I met on Facebook, with another steel sailboat. It was fun to meet him, share dinner and stories with him and compare notes. A new friend was made! If you have an interest, his FaceBook page is “S/V Ocean Angel” (the name of his boat) and he posts some amazing photos of his sailing here in the BC area.
Also while on the island, we took walks, and biked and explored the town of Sidney, a beautiful little harbor town with a marina:
and drove down to Victoria to view sunsets.
We also visited Burchart Garden while we were there on the island. A beautiful garden and very interesting story that I’ll share via these photo’s from their website:
The gardens were amazing, and they had a beautiful rose garden that I just couldn’t get enough of!
Besides “work” (yes, we do work while on the road-helps to pay the bills), we’ve explored the White Rock BC area. OH! And here in BC, blackberries are wild! When I say wild, I mean WILD! They are ALL OVER! So we just had to spend a few hours one day, and pick 2 bowls full! So much that by the end of the week, we had almost finished them, but not quite, and gave them to the owner of the AirB&B, a real sweet woman.
White Rock is on the mainland, and has been good as well. It has REALLY expensive homes here, like the cheapest is $1Million CAD! It’s unbelievable. They are beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I keep thinking, what do you DO with all that space (5000-6000 sqft!). I’m so glad I live the life that we do.
White Rock has a beautiful Promenade and Pier that we take walks on (when it’s not cloudy, foggy and raining).
White Rock faces south, so we don’t get sunsets here. A short 15 minute drive away is a town called Crescent Beach which faces west. Spent one afternoon there:
AND I FOUND A YARN SHOP! Only 5 minutes from us, and I bought some amazing yarn from South Africa called Louet. There was a finished knitted cowl at the yarn shop, and I had to get enough yarn to make 2!
Finished cowl at the yarn shop:
And this is how far I’ve come in just under a week, my cowl:
And I must update the afghan that I’m making (since put on hold until I finish these 2 cowls), it has a beautiful celtic cable in the middle of it.
The last few days we had amazing weather, so we took a road trip to Squamish and Whistler. We stopped and hiked Shannon Falls in Squamish. They were amazing cascading waterfalls!
Our drive to Whistler was on a clear beautiful sunny day. These are some of the mountain peaks covered in snow that we saw as we were driving there:
Upon arriving at Whistler Village, we missed the ride to the top of the ski hill on the Gondola. They had closed during weekdays for the season, only last Friday! Shoot, they are now only running the Gondola on weekends. So, we walked around the Village, then took a short walk to Lost Lake. There are bear sightings here, and Greg was anxious to see one! But I sure wasn’t. And we didn’t, there were quite a few people around so they were probably staying away. But there is an area very near Whistler Village where Grizzly bears have been seen. Needless to say, those trails have been closed to hikers!
On our way home from Whistler we stopped at the Tantalus Lookout:
And this is a photo of what the local “parks” are like, from our hike this afternoon. So very lush and thick foliage! Just beautiful!
And finally I leave you with an amazing sunset view from our “home” where we are staying. Even facing south, the sunset colors are beautiful.