Travel Theme: Contrast

(aka – Forest meets Phone Booth)

Well, I’m not going to admit that Daryl and I started running out of ideas for posts….but we did discover that creating a blog comes with an immense amount of pressure to write the perfect post.

So that led to us not posting anything for 10 days.  We bantered back and forth about different things we could write about it, but that conversation would eventually become sidetracked by an episode of the Voice (Daryl has a giant crush on Shakira, and strangely obviously, so do I), or some crime show with Ice-T.

And then we discovered the joy of writing prompts.  Or, rather prompts from other blogs on the internets that kindly suggest what you should write about.   Yes, please.  Our last post was part of the Word a Week challenge focusing on the word ‘Worker’, and today we would like to join in the fun at Where’s My Backpack, as part of the Travel Theme: Contrast.

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This picture is taken at East Point, on Saturna Island — one of the Gulf Islands in the Pacific Northwest.  We were about to go hiking, and then stumbled upon this gem.  I think it’s so kind that someone would think to have a comfortable chair for those about to make an emergency phone call.  I would love to say that the phone is still in service… but this could definitely be an installation art piece in a contemporary art gallery, non?

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The Rugged West Coast: Tofino & Ucluelet

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Daryl and I recently took off on a road trip to the beautiful, rugged west coast of Vancouver Island for the annual Whale Festival.  Pure Bliss.  We both grew up in Vancouver, and have traveled a lot in this province.  You would think that some of the scenery would become common place, but the beauty of the west coast still seems to catch me off guard.   So, just in case you’re headed there in the near future… we thought a list of some of the hot spots would be in order.

Top 5 Things About the West Coast of Vancouver Island:

1. Whale-Watching & Boat Rides

Short vacations mean that you get to splurge a little.. or at least I can rationalize pulling out my Visa a little more frequently.  This explains how we ended up on a boat in the middle of the open ocean to witness the annual migration of 20,000 gray whales from Mexico to Alaska, with Ron, the most delightful guide from Ocean Outfitter Adventures (no free plug here..we paid a small fortune).   Not only did we see amazing scenery, sea lions, otters, seals, bald eagles and many cute little birds, but we spotted 4 gray whales that measured up to 50 feet long moving through the water.  Amazing!   ** Apparently the trip to the hot springs by boat is supposed to be well worth it as well.

2. Pacific Rim National Park

Incredible set of trails that are extremely well kept, that follow ocean coastlines, bogs, and rainforests.  We walked the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, and the views were spectacular.

3. Gorgeous Beaches

So apparently people actually surf here even in the winter.  Not a chance I’m getting a 5-inch wetsuit on my body, but there are many people much more hardcore than we are hitting the waves each day.  The beaches are incredibly beautiful to walk along, and you can beachcomb for mussels and oyster shells along the way.

4. Super Friendly People

And I’m not just saying this because I locked my keys in the trunk and the tow truck arrived to help me in less than 20 minutes.  This is a laid-back town filled with many happy and relaxed people that were incredibly helpful.  And also political — this is a town with very diverse opinions on environmental issues, which is always interesting.

5. Best Fish & Chips of My Life

Yup. I said it. Even better than the fish and chips I ate in New Zealand that came in newspaper.  The Wildside Grill takes the award. Panko crusted oysters and fresh ling cod that were caught that day.  Yes please.

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