Monday, August 18, 2014

At Chesterman Beach

Continuing on our mini getaway in Ucluelet,
a new day on Vancouver Island, a quick
stop at Incinerator Rock with peeks through
the bushes and trees to see if this was a
place to explore. A decision was made that
perhaps Chesterman Beach would be of
more interest. A short half hour drive led us
into a busy parking lot, and in just a few steps
a sandy beach that ran as far as the eyes
could see. Then, on the water, waves of a
smaller size with numerous riders attempting
to surf. We were one of many onlookers that
observed their countless efforts, only a small
handful were successful, below only one shot
that captured this successful endeavor.

David and I had visited Chesterman Beach
ten years ago, but we didn't recall this to
be a surfing spot. I remembered combing
the sand for shells at the time, quite a few
scallop variety in all kinds of pretty colors,
but none were to be found this time. A few
more moments of watching additional surfing
attempts and back to the car, freezing from
the frigid wind that April morning we warmed
up as we drove onto our next destination...

The mini adventure to be continued Thursday!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

At Black Rock

In less than 2 hours of driving from the rest
stop, we finally arrived in Ucluelet at Black Rock,
just in time for some views. Below the pictures
that made the cut, from the corner of the balcony,
the panorama of the ocean before us. What a
glorious scene! It was evening when we got
there in April but there was still good light.
The smell of the salty air, the wind caressed
our faces, not a drop of rain, not bad weather
for the unprotected and unpredictable
West Coast. Listening to the waves crashing onto
the jagged rocks, we visited with family and
watched as the light shifted, colors ever-changing,
conversations of summers spent in British Columbia,
Ucluelet came up a few times. Soon the sun began
to lower itself more and more towards the horizon,
directing beams through the dark branches,
casting glows on the mossy branches, the moss
sure were prolific there. Soon our stomachs started
to growl, it was 9 o'clock, way past our dinner time!

The mini Ucluelet escape shall continue...

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Rest Stop

After a ferry ride to Nanaimo and a brief
stop at Qualicum Beach, we continued onwards
to Ucluelet that April morning. The journey
on the highway across Vancouver Island was
marked with weather of all sorts, it was sunny,
cloudy, rainy, there was even a bit of hail!

The rest stop just outside of Port Alberni
was an appreciated break after all that
excitement from Mother Nature, cool green
waters welcomed us. The trees remained
mostly barren from the winter season, but
the camera observed numerous buds
 were already sprouting a shade of Spring.

Just steps away from the parking lot, a
small trail amongst the trees that led
deeper into the forest, destination unknown.
A few more clicks on the camera of moss
covered trunks and the evergreen covered
hills before David called me back to the car.

Our mini getaway to be continued Thursday!

Friday, August 8, 2014

On Qualicum Beach

The stop in Nanaimo was brief, those who
arrived from Horseshoe Bay via ferry were
in a hurry to get out of there, there is the
rest of Vancouver Island to explore. We
ended up heading over to Qualicum Beach.

We have visited Nanaimo over the years
but this destination seems to be overlooked,
but judging by the view below, it shall not
be so easily passed over in the future. It
was low tide, much of the shore was exposed,
there was limited time or we would be
the young couple in the second last photo.
They had time to chit chat and picnic under
the warm sun, it was fairly cool that April
day but not cold, nevertheless a perfect
temperature to be out and about, including
spending previous moments on Qualicum Beach.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Ferry Ride to Ucluelet

The ferry ride to Ucluelet departed from
Horseshoe Bay that April morning, it has
been a while since we rode on a ferry.
Excited with the feeling of adventure,
Hooray! We're on a boat to go somewhere!
The sun could not have been brighter,
the skies just the right amount of blue,
some gathering of clouds, dispersing and
regrouping as we made our way across
the water. Some container ships were
spotted, positioning themselves on the
ocean like the ones on a postcard. Then
on the horizon some distant islands grew
larger and larger, as we neared the city
of Nanaimo, a realization that the mini
getaway had finally begun...

To be continued Friday!