The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
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... to the bay. This is an old part of town with many original houses, very similar in style to those found in Thorndon or Kelburn in Wellington. There was nothing too see in the bay as the fog was still hanging low (at 2pm). The beach was shingle with many logs washed up from storms. Back into town, then bus home. Another great day, cooler, but dry. Still foggy over the bay, but clear ...
... 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.
... 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 ...
... to move around on the boat and swap seats when we felt like it. To leave the boat in an orderly manner, being ushered off gently to make least congestion... AND FREE WIFI! Steam Packet, take note, this is how it should be done!
The journey down from Nanaimo was relatively uneventful, if busy, but it was amazing to see the size of RV and trailer taken away by many over the long holiday weekend. For those without ...