The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
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... chosen this route because it follows the coast which offers better scenery, less people than the Camino Frances, and more of a challenge with the hills.
Gearing up has been a challenge, boots, backpack, quick dry clothing, poles, all new to me. I have come to enjoy the walking to get in shape, weight loss a bonus.
After watching the movie The Way, I thought that is something I would like to do some day, so here we go, completely out of my comfort zone.
... for the crossing. It is a huge ferry which holds over 300 vehicles and 2000 passengers. Once across to Swartz Bay landing, we reboarded to bus and drove off the ferry and then on to Victoria. The ferry ride was smooth over beautiful waters as was crossing between small islands as we reached the bigger island of Vancouver. We saw seals and orca whales as we crossed. A beautiful ...
... by an old historic church, paused at a vineyard (Church and State) where we tasted and bought a Pinot grigio to go with tomorrow's dinner, and then on to the gardens. Amr and I had been there in 1997 with Carole and John (but we have no record of that as the next day our camera was totally drenched and wrecked in rain while on a whale watching trip - then the days of film) and were eager to ...
... drove for about an hour to the highly recommended "Sooke Potholes." We had understood these to be holes of water that you could sit and swim in. Sounded cool and reminiscent of tide pools so we were picturing a beautiful ocean setting where we could picnic and relax while the kids searched for shells and crabs.
Unfortunately Diane was showing signs of carsickness on the way over so we skipped the town of Sooke and our ...
... it when I can actually remember most of our trip!
Yesterday after Zach made everyone delicious blueberry pancakes we spent most of our time wandering through the Butchart Gardens, a beautiful but overpriced expanse of the most gorgeous and meticulous landscaping I've ever seen. At 30 bucks a person our expectations were pretty high, so it felt a little too Disney for my tastes. But the cousins all had a blast together and the weather ...