Wash / Van Trip [part 8]

We woke up on our last day in Canada and packed up to head back to the states.

On our way to Seattle we made a stop at Whatcom Falls Park. It was a nice scenic spot to take a break and walk around for a while. 

Once in Seattle, we checked into our favorite place to stay [The Moore Hotel] and went for a walk to visit some favorite shops and spots. 

That night we ended up going to watch a few innings of the Mariner's game. After getting a little restless we decided to end our night at Hot Cakes. We opted to travel by foot which was a little over 2 miles. We weren't quite fast enough though and the rain started about a block before we reached our destination. 

The following morning we stopped for breakfast at Oddfellows Cafe before heading to the airport. Oddfellows is one of the stops we make every time we are in town. We may have also stopped in at General Porpoise for...you guessed it, a donut, to tide us over at the airport while we waited to begin our trip back home. 

Wash / Van Trip [part 7]

We tried to pack a lot in for the only full day we were in Vancouver. Our first stop was at Lynn Canyon Park where the main attraction was the suspension bridge, however, there were many other great things about this park as well.

The exterior of our Airbnb was absolutely gorgeous. I need a bigger version of this 'lil house immediately.

In the afternoon we stopped by The Whip for some salmon fritters and then walked around the corner to Brassneck to try some beer. On the same block was Cartems Donuterie where we stopped to pick up a couple doughnuts for the following day. If I suggest any block in Vancouver to you, it might be this one. It has it all.

After picking up the doughnuts we drove straight to Kitsilano Beach Park. It took a little while to find parking, but once we did we made our way quickly to the beach as the sun was setting. It was a great night with beautiful colors and a bright moon. 

Wash / Van Trip [part 5]

On our last full day on Vancouver Island we began by going to Avatar Grove after breakfast. Before arriving at Avatar Grove, the road turned into mainly big gravel, with lots of potholes. At one point we almost turned around since it didn't seem we were headed the right direction. We eventually found it, which was quite worth it because we got to see Canada's Gnarliest Tree. 

We ate our packed lunch at Juan de Fuca Provincial Park. There were a bunch of Steller's jay birds hanging out by us. They were really excited when a couple got done eating so they could go scrounge for crumbs. I think they were waiting for us to leave as well. 

We walked the trail which took us to Botany Bay and Botanical Beach. We saw some tide pools and unfortunately a deceased octopus. 

After a few hours we took a break and headed to the Renfrew Pub for a beer. It was a little soon for supper, so we went and walked a shorter trail to the water for some more spectacular views. 

For supper it was back to Renfrew Pub. Before leaving we walked the docks a bit trying to get a closer view of an otter out in the water. 

On the way home we made a few stops to get a better view of the sunset. Even our little cabin welcomed us home with a beautiful view.

Wash / Van Trip [part 4]

On our first morning in Canada, we leisurely made breakfast and packed our lunch before heading out to explore. Upon leaving, we took a quick detour to the top of the hill that our cabin was located on to take in the view. Not too bad. 

Our first stop was at Sooke Potholes Provincial Park. We never quite knew if we were on the right trail. Some trails were super rocky, while others took us back to the road for a bit until we hit the trail again. In the end we finally found the potholes and made it just in time to watch a guy jump in as his friend watched. 

East Sooke Regional Park  was our next stop. This area is huge and we could have spent all day here if time allowed. It didn't, so we picked one trail to explore. We were kind of hoping to spot an otter or two, since they are known to be in this area, however, they must have been hiding from us this particular day.

After our hike, we headed to Victoria to visit Eric's cousin Nik. It had been roughly 25 years since they had last seen each other, so it was due time to get together again. 

Upon arriving, we were greeted by Herbie + Doogan, two playful labradoodles. I was mainly smitten by Herbie [probably because of his name]. The weather was beautiful, so we sat in the backyard catching up / getting to know each other. 

For supper, Nik's husband James made fresh pasta [which was fantastic!]. I watched as he made it look so simple.

I made myself useful by making sure all their pets were entertained. I specifically got along with Francois the cat. He enjoyed the attention / pets, while I got my cat-fix. 

I'm so glad we got to spend an evening among great company. We heard some great traveling stories, plus got some tips of places to check out before we left Vancouver Island.

sam + drew get married, part 5

On our last day in Bayfield a few of us woke early to head to Houghton Falls for a hike. 

In the lobby we said good-bye to Grandma since she was headed straight home. Her great-granddaughter Capri played some tunes for her before they said their good-byes. 

On our way to the Falls, we made one last trip past some roadside junk. I made Andy pull over so I could get a picture. My one picture doesn't even come close to showing how much stuff was there or for how far the pile went on down the road. Wow. If you are looking for something, chances are it is in that pile though! 

The hike we went on led all the way to Lake Superior. I'm glad I didn't pass this up. 

When we returned to the entrance of the trail, we said good-bye to Sam and her friend Jamie and continued on our way to the cabin in St. Germain, where we had started our trip just days before. 

Unfortunately it was raining when we arrived, so we were stuck indoors for a while. That was OK with me though. We had a puzzle to put together!

Every time Katie and I go to the cottage, it's our goal to put together the WI puzzle. After many years, it's looking a little sad and missing a piece, but we still NEED to put it together. We even time ourselves now, since it's fun to have a goal. I don't have our latest time [although it's written down up north] but we did pretty well. We probably could have done better if Andy didn't complain so much. [Side note, he might be banned from helping next time, he didn't take puzzle putting together seriously.] 

At one point during the on and off rain, we noticed a deer outside. She had with her THREE little ones. I snuck outside to try and get a few pictures. It's hard to see them all below, but it was quite a great sight. 

The rest of the afternoon was filled with some time down at the dock, Katie and Andy going for a bike ride, and go-karts. We took a trip to the grocery store to pick up food for supper, and made a stop at Elmer's Fun Park. Katie wanted to say hi to some old friends and long story short, I was forced to go-kart, mainly because it wouldn't have been safe for Katie's brewing baby, so I had to go against Andy. Of course I got the SLOW cart and he passed me. Go figure.

As daylight was coming to an end, we cooked our brats over the campfire and made s'mores. When it was completely dark out, Katie entertained us with her fireworks show. There was one dud in the bunch and one which tried to attack us spectators on the deck of the house. It was a close call! But, we still have our hearing and all our limbs, so it was a successful end to our trip.