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OH I am just in love with this vintage film filter! I have been working super hard all weekend editing and hunting down beachy/watery pictures to edit and, without further ado, here’s an early look at some that I managed to finish & upload .
We snuck out to Cowichan Bay and Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on Vancouver Island for a couple days and enjoyed some quiet, beautiful, sunny days on the beach/hiking/boating. I seriously can’t believe how great the weather was for us, as the last two times we went to the Island it was nothing but rain and fog, lol! Not too fun in a tent!
Our first day out there, we went to some friends of ours who live out by Cowichan Bay and they took us out crabbing. It was absolutely gorgeous out and they took us all around the area along Salt Spring Island and out to Maple Bay, etc. I think I spent the whole time wishing I could win the lottery and live in one of those houses clinging to the hills with a little boat and dock. Anyway, we didn’t catch much, but I had never been crabbing before, so it was neat just to watch what was going on. Plus they gave us enough crab to have a massive campfire feast on our first night camping, YUM!
After stocking up on crab, we took off to Port Renfrew and checked out Avatar and Botanical Beach Provincial Park. Side note, I read a great article from Hakai Magazine about a female teacher named Josephine Tilden from University of Minnesota, who established a teaching station at Botanical Beach for all her female Botany students. I loved walking around the crater like beach and envisioning these enterprising women from 1901 in their dresses and boots.
The tidepools were teaming with life, I have never seen anything like it. Every pool was completely different, filled with colorful, strange sea creatures. It was fantastic.
We camped at China Beach, in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. It was a nice campsite, super clean facilities and somewhat secluded camp sites. Our dog Belle came with us and OMG did she love the ocean, especially the waves, which she would run away from lol!
So, we realized that we didnt pack utensils, so my husband made us chopstick using the one camping knife we found LOL!! The 3rd picture above was the Banana slug that loved Belles dog food.
Below are just some pictures of the beaches you could hike down to. The hike down to the beaches was about 2-5 km depending on the hike.
Looking forward to going back again, maybe to hike the Juan de Fuca Trail….
For our Honeymoon, we packed up our camping gear onto a Suzuki VStrom 650 ( I rode on the back) and headed across Canada. Hands down, I think that Canada was the most amazing, diverse, beautiful place I have ever traveled too (I may be biased because I live here, LOL!).
Below, I took a shot of all the clothes I brought for the month long trip. They were then stuffed in a compression sack about a foot long lol!
Canada has so many hilarious roadside attractions, here’s just a sample: Worlds largest Camel, Tomahawk, Baseball, Pipe and Swing.
The Bonnechere Caves were carved out by the Bonnechere River and the tours lead you right down and under the actual river, which was scary as you can hear the water above you. Very Cool place though!
Ottawa was a great city, and we really enjoyed the city/Parliament tours and then we zipped out to the Museum of Civilization in Quebec which may be the most amazing museum I have ever seen. They had a selfie area with Canadian style jackets and I wanted to steal one so bad, lol!
OH Nova Scotia, I cannot wait to go back one day and spend more time in you! What a gorgeous place to ride!
In PEI I finally got to see the Green Gables National Historic site of Canada. I have loved this book so much my whole life, and was so happy I finally got to go wander around the same woods that inspired such an amazing Canadian writer.
We lucked out and came during the Puffin migration to Elliston, Newfoundland! I was in bird nerd heaven.
Well, I could go on and on and post hundreds of pictures of the trip and everything we did, but I have to end this post somewhere! LOL! So heres the shot (a really bad one, they were all blury lol) of us finally reaching Cape Spear, the most Easterly Point of Canada! 9261kms, 29 days 10 Provinces three ferries!!