Beautiful Victoria

Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
Trip End Sep 03, 2010

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Now to finish my story about staying 'up Island.'  On the Saturday I took myself out early for a walk along the metal roads - not a soul did I see.  After brekky we 'girls' went down to the
"Farmers Market"  where there were a few stall manned by 'Islanders', namely these self sufficient types who pedal their home baking, tie-dyed clothes, jams, preserves and fruit juice.  Enough variety to help us part with some money.  Then inside the hall were donated items (garage sale stuff) where you could wander and choose anything that took your fancy and just walk away as the items were free.  Helped me chose a book to read in Alaska!  In a nearby shed was the recycling, need I say more - except it was very orderly and organised, if I hung around I only seemed to be in the way!  In the afternoon we walked the beach, saw another otter ( not common) and later margaret and I had a swim.  My first one in the Salish Sea.
Next morning I took my last walk along the beach before Lorette and I left margaret to her solitude and headed for Sproat lake, near Port Alberni.  On the way we stopped at Coombs, roadside markets here and a cafe where goats graze on the roof!  Another stop was at Cathedral Grove, a provincial park growing some of the oldest trees on the Island.  An 800 year old douglas fir for instance.  By 2.00pm we were to attend a wedding shower for Heather ( Marc's fiancee), the second one - this time with heather's mother's friends, which just happened to be in a lovely home over-looking the lake!  On the way home we photographed the float plane on Sproat Lake, used for fire-fighting and emergencies.  Finally we stopped at Parksville to view the sand sculpting competition.  Very clever entries, some done individually and some in teams.  Have to be seen to be believed.  I can't say that we were home early that day!
Since being back in Victoria we have walked the Galloping Goose trail into the beautiful city of Victoria.  Trekked 10+km around Elk Lake and finally done a little shopping!!  In the city we called into Chinatown where we went down Fan Tan Alley, notorious in the goldrush days for trading, among other things I guess, opium.  Downtown Victoria was still alive with visitors, music and First Nations people selling their wares.  It is an extremely pretty city, summer flowers enhancing the backdrop of Parliament Buildings and the harbour.
I have contacted maureen and will stay with her for a few days from Friday
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Rod on

Great diary of your trippping. Keep it up. I wonder if Greg has enough money to "put in the slot" to be able to see all this - he should pay double now we have pictures !

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