What an awesome week it's been! Although I can't believe how fast it went, which is always the case when one is at play. Tsk. So anyhow.... The fun started when Chris and I took Lindsay and hopped on a plane to Vancouver, to visit Kristen - she's going to school there. Vancouver is a massive, bustling city and it was super cool to have our very own tour guide I must say. Kristen led us to various neat areas like Gastown and Granville Island, and we even went and did an 8-minute version of the famous Grouse Grind.
|Trip tip #1: Start off the voyage with an airport beverage!|
|We made it to the top of Grouse Mountain in|
less than 10 minutes! Via the gondola, of course.
Kristen's roommate Paula joined us as well.
|A definite must-see when in Vancouver.|
|The gorgeous twinsies and their handsome Dad at Granville Island|
|Kristen's neighborhood - nice!|
|Middle of the action - downtown Van.|
|Always love finding a local pub!|
After a whirlwind of a weekend, we said our good-byes, and Lindsay headed back home and Chris and I continued on to Vancouver Island. The weather was a bit damp, but we were prepared.....
|Waiting for the ferry at Horseshoe Bay.|
Trip tip #2: Make a reservation for the sailing - it is worth it!
|On our way to Nanaimo.|
|If you are ever in Nanaimo, you NEED to eat here!|
We spent a rainy evening in Nanaimo and were on the road early the next morning to Tofino. The only highway to that section of the island twists crazily through lush forests, and we made good time due to little traffic. And being that it is November, we arrived to a town that was fairly quiet. We checked into our groovy little accommodations, donned our rain gear, and toured around for three fabulous days. We ate and drank and walked and ogled, and you'll have to bear with me, because the Pacific Rim rainforests and rugged coastline are impossible not to photograph... and I took several photos.... of all of it....
|Look up.... look waaaayyyy up....|
|Trip tip #3: Make sure you pack a rain coat!|
|We definitely had a room with a view!|
|Woke up to this one morning! What a treat!|
|Gnarly hiking near Ucluelet.|
|Enjoying a bit of sunshine!|
|Afternoon surf session - everybody wore full wetsuits! Brrrrr.|
|Yep... this pub played LP's...|
The good times carried on, to beautiful (and sunny!) Victoria. What an absolutely stunning city! And again, we had a room with an unbelievable view. Wow.
|Overlooking the Victoria waterfront.|
|Parliament buildings all lit up after dark.|
|Of course we found several great pubs downtown.|
|And we found this fantastic little diner!|
Best breakfast EVER.
|One last look at the ocean before returning to the prairies.|
The week flew by, and next thing you know it is back to reality and back to work. Blech. But that's okay - I truly am grateful to have a job, plus the Rockies' ski season is really beginning to take shape! I think that's on the agenda for this upcoming weekend - shreddin' the slopes! Yeah! Life is so darn good, isn't it!