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Friday, July 30, 2010

slowing down, ocean breezes and a family vacation

Noah helps set up the tent


a yummy dinner of pan fried salmon


just steps from our campground

Hello dear friends! We are back (to a place with internet connection) after 4 glorious days on the beautiful Vancouver Island. I can't even begin to describe the beauty that surrounded us there, I hope some of our pictures will do it justice.
To get to the Island you have to take a ferry, we took the ferry from Vancouver to Sidney. It was a lovely slow 1.5 hrs ride, where we spent most of our time out on the deck taking in the spectacular views of little islands, coves, mountains and of course the water.
Once we got off the ferry we made our way to our camp ground, French Beach Provincial Park and settled in for the night. After a dinner of fresh wild pan fried salmon, boiled potatoes and fried peppers and onions, we bundled our little sleeping Noah up and walked down to the beach to watch the sunset....ahhhhhh, it was so beautiful.
The next fews days were spent doing some day trips. One day into Victoria and another day (Winslow's and my 3rd anniversary) we drove for about an hour on a very narrow and windy road to an area of the Island known for great tidal pool observations. Tidal pools are large indentations in rocks that have all sorts of interesting organisms and creatures living in them, kinda like mini aquariums. When the tide is out, you can walk around and look in them. Unfortunately when we got there the tide was in and we didn't get to see much- but it was still beautiful. We did a little hike on a trail that took us down to Botany Bay. There, we beach combed, looked for creatures, marveled at the beauty and had a snack of brie cheese, water crackers and grapes.
Yum! Later that evening we ate the most delicious dinner at the Port Renfrew Hotel. I had a traditional dinner or pan fried halibut, veggies, rice and bannock. It was the perfect way to celebrate our anniversary.
All in all, our 4 days on the Island were just lovely. There really is so much to do there, that I wish we could have spent more time traveling around. The camping was fun, but challenging at times with a little one, stay tuned for a post just on camping.
Our little holiday was just what we needed as a family to reconnect and have some uninterrupted time together- I even managed to stay away from the computer for a good few days! It reminded me that prioritizing family time is so important and that in the real world, it's easy to get wrapped up in all the unnecessary things.
Our trip continues for 2 more days here in BC and then on Sunday we fly up to Whitehorse.....gulp!
I hope each and every one of you dear friends is doing well in your corner of the world.
I'm looking forward to getting caught up with you all and will be in touch with a few more posts about our time here in BC.
Ta ta for now.
xox

5 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful and relaxing!

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  2. looks like a great trip...camping with a little one makes it extra busy though :)

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  3. How beautiful, Johanna. And happy anniversary! I'm so impressed you camp with Noah. Take care and safe travels.

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  4. beautiful pictures! they look so peaceful. i'm now craving a trip to the beach.

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  5. Canada certainly is a beautiful country! Looks like a lovely camping spot with trees and sea close by.
    All the best for your first days in Whitehorse and your settling in time.

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