There and Back Again

For the first time since we met (1999), hubby and I went on a vacation together.  We drove to Vancouver Island from Dawson Creek.  Oh, did I mention it was March?  The roads there, and the roads back were not great.  White knuckle, I can’t look, snow twice the height of the pickup at the Coquihalla Summit.  It was a very stressful, not a great way to start, or end, a vacation.

The scenery was fabulous, particularly when the clouds finally cleared and blinding white snow draped mountains stood definately against intensly blue skies.


The roads were still icy.  The temperature was rising, which was encouraging.  Hubby had to keep reminding me to use the camera,  I’m grateful he did.

Once we got over the Coquihalla Summit, snow turned to rain and we descended into the Fraser Delta through increasing darkness.  The weather remained dreary and wet, at least it was above freezing.  A couple days with friends and then we headed over to the Island.

  The ferry ride to the Island was lovely, the play of cloud, mountains and ocean drew the imagination into times of myth and fancy.

After a few days in Victoria we headed north and then west to Uclulet.  It provided the opportunity to cross

another item off the bucket list.  I have always wanted to see Cathedral Grove.  Green, towering giants.  Breath taking.

       

We arrived in Uclulet late afternoon.  Home for a few days was an immaculet two story cottage, 1 1/2 baths, two bedrooms, small kitchen, deck overlooking a tiny inlet with a four person hot tub steaming and waiting.

The next day we walked along the Pacific, nothing but water stretching all the way to Japan.  For March the weather was not typical.  The sun shone, the wind decided to act breezy and the temperatures were pleasant.

The ocean was captivating.  We were also blessed with the sight of nesting eagles.

     There were also so many interesting shapes within the forest, particularly where the predominate winds sculpted the tree on the ocean side of the shore.

Paying attention to the surroundings revealed beauty in seemingly ordinary places.  All around, every where you looked.

The trick is …you  have to look!

    

The adventure continues…watch for it.

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