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... there. Finally off to Nanaimo, no wait we have to stop in Winners to do some shopping. Okay off we go! Betty Blue cruising well, for an old girl and we cruise right on by Nanaimo heading to Port Albernie where will stop for the night before catching the Frances Barley to Bamfield. Arriving in Port Albernie we visit the visitors centre primarily to look for accomodation. This is where it got interesting. The option that available to us ...
... Western Red Cedars and Douglas Firs. Because of the moisture in the forest, lots of moss hung from the branches and it looked like scenes from Lord of the Rings!
When we got to the Fat Salmon, we let ourselves in. Couldn't find anyone so rang the number-the owner was a Kiwi and was having trouble trying to fix the plumbing-not a good sign!
We were put in a six bunk room, which was good as it fit our bags in ...
... to the BC ferries but because we now have a new local bridge that crosses the river and could potentially give us a short cut, mom decided to give that a try. BIG MISTAKE! We ended up hitting a bunch of road blocks, detours, and extra delays that made us miss our 10:15 ferry reservation by like minutes. We had stopped at Tim Horton's on the way for coffee and breakfast sandwiches which tied us over until we were actually on the ferry.
... itself to be lousy, so all my film pics after that are quite bad.
Between walks in the woods, peaceful evening chatting on the terrace, chinese or fish and chips dinners and other adventures, a few days went by nicely. Eventually the day of the trip to the sawmill arrived, so we all went back in time for half a day. The train trip was quite short, about half an hour each way, in open cars in the middle of the forest so it was really nice. Once at the mill the tour was great, and ...
... 4 strangers! Trusting that no one in our room would steel anything! We always hid the computer, but it was never locked away! In fact when we were in Nelly, where no body else had access to the inside, we always took the computer with us (made the bags very heavy), but yet, we leave it in a room with no lock on the door, trusting that none of our room mates would go sniffing around our bags!
When you think about it its amazing the amount of trust there ...