Wekk Forty Four - still Vancouver

Trip Start Aug 26, 2003
Trip End Aug 24, 2004

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Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Week Forty Four - Vancouver

Day 286 - Tuesday 22 June

Over the next few days we just went with our routine, soaking up the culture and a few Coronas.

Day 287 - Wednesday 23 June

Geoff decides that he needs some last minute tanning so we laze around the promenade - shooting the breeze. Geoff leaves tomorrow so we have arranged to meet Lawrence and co at you know where. After some beers we head into town. Davy kindly buys all the drinks at Bar None, including Tequilas for me Geoff and Shaun. Shaun takes us to some late night Chinese restaurant where all the mafia hang out. Shaun kindly buys dinner for us, Lawrence and Tanya. Around fourish we say our goodnights and goodbyes.

Day 288 - Thursday 24 June

Shaun has kindly offered to drive Geoff to the Airport. He picks us up and we head down to The Quay for one final time (for Geoff anyway). We eat lunch at the bar watching the England vs Portugal match. We have to leave after the first half of extra time. Say goodbye to Geoff. Although this probably reads like we didn't do very much during his 20 days I think that it is just what we both wanted. For now it is time to let our livers regenerate. The shelves are being restocked with Corona in The Quay. This party's over. Shaun drives me back to downtown. I catch the Seabus over to North Vancouver and a taxi up to my guest house on West Keith Street. It costs $65 per night and is as cheap as I could find. The room is fine although the (shared) bathroom is full of bluebottles.

Day 289 - Friday 25 June

I spend the day drinking bottles of Evian, nursing my body back to health in the back yard of the house. It's nice and sunny. I decide to head over to Vancouver Island tomorrow and go down to the village where I find an internet café and book a lodge in a place called Qualicum, north of Nainaimo where the ferry docks. I also book a car.

Day 290 - Saturday 26 June

I get the bus to the ferry at Horseshoe Bay and sail 1.5 hours across to V Island. It takes half an hour to drive to Qualicum. I spend the rest of the day lying on the pebble beach looking at the sky. The island is beautiful with a nice slow pace. My lodge is simple but all I need.

Day 291- Sunday 27 June

Drive over to Tofino on the west coast of the island. The road winds through the mountains and it takes four hours to drive the 220kms. I kill a squirrel on the way. It is too late to take a whale watching tour but instead I discover that there is a surfing competition at one of the beaches outside Tofino town. I drive there and lie on the beach watching the action. After a couple of hours I drive into Tofino, a lovely little town on the coast. At a Native American run café I sit drinking coffee. A bald eagle soars close by the deck. I am too late to get the photo. An Indian sitting behind me notices this and stands at the railing and emits a perfect eagle call. The eagle obliges and returns to circle overhead. It is just too far away however to capture on film. Drive back to my lodge and have an early night.

Day 292 - Monday 28 June

Get up early and drive down to Victoria. It takes 2.5 hours. I wander around the town and go into the famous Empress Hotel for Devonshire tea. Sit in the harbour watching the world go by then drive back to Nainaimo to catch the five o'clock ferry back to Vancouver. Drop the car off then sit on the deck on the way back. Get bus back to North Van and another up to my new guest house called Beckside (www.beckside.ca) on Madeley Road at the foot of Grouse Mountain. It is a beautiful place with a little creek running below the decking at the back. The owner's names are Jan and Steve and I would recommend it to anyone. I have my own living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom with cable TV. Jan provides home baked bread. After sitting watching the squirrels playing in the trees from the deck I have another early night. A bear wanders through the back garden after I retire.
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