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Coast to Coast

sunny 78 °F

Yesterday afternoon Shirley and I (mostly Shirley) did some geocaching right here at the campground. Due to being in Canada, we didn't have the gps on our phones to help with location, so Shirley read all the comments on the website about the cache!! We were able to find the cache and were very proud of ourselves :)
Today we took a leisurely ride along the coast of Vancouver Island, stopping whenever we wanted.first we went over Malahat Mt with gorgeous views of the water from above. We stopped in Mill Bay, then in Cowichan Bay for lunch. It was just warm enough to be able to eat outside and enjoy it. Of course, the Canadians were all wearing shorts and tank tops and Shirley and I had on jeans and sweatshirts! These Canadians are a hearty lot! Maple Bay was a tiny little waterfront area with a boat dock and swimming beach. Very pretty! Our last stopping spot was Transfer Park in Lady Smith, which was great park. There was swimming (brrr), kid's areas, concessions and lots of room for whatever you would like to do. It was very beautiful, as well.
Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay

Cowichan Bay

Transfer Park in Ladysmith

Transfer Park in Ladysmith

On Malahat Mtn.

On Malahat Mtn.


Shirley was our driver today and she did a great job!
Tomorrow we return to the US, yeah!, and drive to Seattle, so no blog. Friday to Alaska!!
Another beautiful day, sunny, 78

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Flowers and Flowers and Flowers, Wow!

sunny 72 °F

Yesterday morning we left camp and stopped at Fort Rodd Hill. It was a very interesting fort with these disappearing guns! There were many buildings left that had been restored such as the guardhouse, barracks and underground magazines. The views from the fort were beautiful, as well.
Disappearing gun

Disappearing gun

Officer's barracks

Officer's barracks

Underground magazine

Underground magazine


On the same site, but from a different time, is Canada's oldest west coast lighthouse. The Fisgard Lighthouse had also been restored and it was really beautiful inside. Of course, you can see for miles and miles from it.
Fisgard Lighthouse

Fisgard Lighthouse

View from the lighthouse

View from the lighthouse


By now we were hungry and wanted to go to the Greek Fest. Unfortunately, it was quite a project to get there, but we did find it and EAT!
Luckily the Greek Fest was on the way to the wonderful Butchart Gardens, which was our main goal for the day. Wow!!! These were the most wonderful gardens we have ever seen! This site was originally a limestone quarry, which has been transformed by Jennie Butchart over the years, into a spectacular array of hundreds of types of flowers in many different gardens. There is a Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and Italian Garden along with acres and acres of others. We walked the trails for a few hours and then were treated to a fun concert, the last of the season. We were also there for the final fireworks show of the season, which was a terrific display of pyrotechnics with many, many of those on the ground. It was a totally different kind of show than we have ever seen before and we all loved it!
Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Sunken Garden

Sunken Garden

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

At the Gardens

At the Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

See us in the gazing bal

See us in the gazing bal

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Boat dock

Boat dock

Star Fountain

Star Fountain


Today the four of us ventured to an Anglican Church with a congregation of 40. They welcomed us with open arms, coffee and pastries. It was quite nice. We followed church with some trail walking to a local beach and then lunch in Mechosen, BC. The rest of today is dedicated to relaxing at the campground:)
The weather has been gorgeous, sunny, high 60s, low 70s!

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Victor/Victoria

sunny 69 °F

Yesterday the four of us put our bikes on Bob and Shirley's truck and headed to Vancouver. They dropped Don and I off at Stanley Park and they went to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Seawall Trail

Seawall Trail

Seawall Trail

Seawall Trail

Don and I rode our bikes along the Seawall Trail in Stanley Park.
Lighthouse #1

Lighthouse #1

Lighthouse #2

Lighthouse #2

Lighthouse #2, under Lion's Gate Bridge

Lighthouse #2, under Lion's Gate Bridge

We did about 8 miles, passing 2 lighthouses and 1 beach and riding under the Lion's Gate Bridge.
Lunch at Second Beach

Lunch at Second Beach

Second Beach

Second Beach

We brought lunch, so we stopped at Second Beach to eat. When Bob and Shirley returned, it was raining, so we just headed back to camp.
This morning we got up, packed up our campers and left ours' in Surrey. We all got in Bob and Shirley's camper and drove to the BC Ferry Dock.
In the bowels of the ferry

In the bowels of the ferry

On the ferry

On the ferry

Our reservation was for the 10:00 am ferry, but we arrived early and were able to get on the 9:00 am one.
Ferry

Ferry

BC Ferry

BC Ferry

The crossing to Vancouver Island was about 1 1/2 hours and it was beautiful and smooth.
Weir's Beach RV Park

Weir's Beach RV Park

Our beach

Our beach

We are staying at Weir's Beach RV Park!! Can you believe that?!
Our campsite at Weir's Beach

Our campsite at Weir's Beach

View from our site

View from our site

Our site is right on the water with beautiful views and a beach right in front of us!
Lunch time

Lunch time

Lunch spot

Lunch spot

After setting up we went into Victoria for lunch and we found a Classic Boat Show in the Inner Harbour.
Inner Harbour

Inner Harbour

Boats

Boats

We also found the Fisherman's Wharf area, which was filled with Float Houses!
Float houses

Float houses

Float houses

Float houses

They were these cute, little floating homes all lined up along the pier. Between the Inner Harbour and Fisherman's Wharf was a nice walking trail along the water. All in all it was a wonderful day, beautiful sun, 69 degrees.

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Woods and Water

semi-overcast 68 °F

Today was a relaxing day. We stayed close to home and checked out a few parks in the area.
Redwoods

Redwoods

The first one was Redwood Park, only 2 miles from the campground. This park has the largest stand of Redwood trees north of the 49th parallel. The park was started by twin boys who were given the land by their father when they turned 21. They filled it with trees from all over the world and it was very nice.
Treehouse

Treehouse

The men lived in the park in a treehouse until their deaths and now the park belongs to the town of Surrey.
Then we found the Heritage Park which has the oldest trail in the area. Barn owl barn

Barn owl barn

Heritage Park

Heritage Park


Heritage Park

Heritage Park

Heritage Park

Heritage Park

The section that we walked was right on the river and the banks were loaded with blackberry bushes.
Picking blackberries

Picking blackberries

We have found blackberry bushes all over the northwest and they are just ripening, so we had a feast!
Blackie Spit Park

Blackie Spit Park

Our last stop today was the Blackie Spit Park and Crescent Beach.
Blackie Spit Park

Blackie Spit Park

The tide was still quite low, but we could see the current bringing it back in, and it was very strong.
Beautiful home

Beautiful home

Beautiful home

Beautiful home

There were some beautiful houses along the water and on the neighboring streets, as well.
This morning we actually had some rain! It was light and didn't last too long, but it was real rain! The weather cleared and we had a beautiful afternoon with temps in the high 60s.
Check out yesterday's post. I managed to get pictures on it.

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Monorail 3

overcast 69 °F

The four of us took the Skytrain into Vancouver yesterday.
Train to Vancouver

Train to Vancouver

It is a monorail that also goes underground, and it is our third monorail on this trip. We rode the one at Disneyland, the one in Seattle and now this one in Vancouver. It was a great ride, very smooth and quiet.
When we got into the city we took a Hop-On, Hop-Off tour that took us everywhere. The city of Vancouver, like most cities, is made up of many neighborhood, each with it's own flavor. Our favorite one was Gastown, Founder of Vancouver, John Dayton

Founder of Vancouver, John Dayton

so named for John Dayton, nicknamed Gassy John, who founded the city. It is a really cute, clean neighborhood with lots of eateries and shops. Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in the country, filled with people of all nationalities. The Granville Island area is very artsy fartsy.Harbor at Granville Is.

Harbor at Granville Is.


Then we went to Stanley Park. Stanley Park is a 1000 acre urban park that is just beautiful!Totems in park

Totems in park

Included in our tour was a separate tour of the park. We all really enjoyed it with beautiful views of the city, Vancouver Skyline

Vancouver Skyline

gorgeous gardens and amazingStanley Park

Stanley Park

cedar and Douglas Fir trees.
The weather was surprisingly cloudy for much of the day with a high of only 20 (69). It did clear up later in the day, so all was not lost. We had a great day anyway.
If I can get pictures later I will, but I'm having trouble now.

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