|Flowers of the West Coast|
Bob and I departed from Naniamo shortly after breakfast; drove down the parkway to "Jingle Pot" road. A curious name. I will leave this one be! HaHa
We travelled through narrow winding roads. Up, down and over mountains on Vancouver Island as we visited many natural and wonderous landmarks.
Our highlight of the day....Cathedral Grove: This area was given to the province by the H.R. MacMillan Export Co. in 1944 as a way to preserve an incredible stand of trees.
|Feeling like an Ewok from Star Wars|
The lush greenery, created by the high moisture and sub tropic climate accelerates your senses. A drastic contrast from Terrace Bay, Ontario, where you still can find snow and frozen grounds.
|A tropical forest|
Despite the quaint shops, cafes and heritage site, All the worries of the day just vanished into the trees.
The sights, the sounds and the smells of the outdoors soothed my senses.
|A fallen tree: These are the roots reaching 20 feet in height|
Then; a true contrast, we visited "The Country Market" Famous for the Billy Goats on the grass roof. Yes, for just a few blades of grass, these four legged bearded critters are an economical way to advertise. Now, this was worth the stop. Boutiques, fresh breads, gourmet foods and unusual items in this grass hut!
|"The Country Market"|
Billy Goat Gruff! Baa Baa
|Billy Goat Gruff|
Along the B.C. Highway, we approach a humbling sign: "Tsunami: evacuation route" Totally ignorant of the fact. Thinking it would never happen. Especially in Canada. Not so! A fault line runs along the coast to California.
We arrived in Tofino in the mid late afternoon. Had a quick drive through the village and Checked in to "The Harvey House, where Nicky met us at the door. What a delightful woman. Nicky escorted us up to our room with maps, things to do and see during our stay. With a wall of windows, we over look the forest and across the road from Chestermann's Beach/Clayoquot Sound on the Pacific Ocean. Delightful.
P.S. "Happy Anniversary to my husband and best friend, Bob. I love you.....