So finally we closed our door to our to our home in Nanaimo, well, for now we have (we still have the keys to the house and the new owners take possession August 1). We decided to do a little island hopping. Our fully loaded car groaned as we drove onto the ferry for a 20 minute cruise to Salt Spring Island. Onto the island we cruised by dozens of fields of gold swaying in the gentle breeze embraced by the azure cloudless sky. It was a poster perfect, peaceful scene. Our first stop was the Visitors Center in Ganges, picked up a map and a campground directory. We picked the first campsite on the list, Garden Aire Campsites. We drove in...and then we drove out! It looked like a refugee camp, so swiftly we moved on to the next one on the list - Mowhinna Creek Campsites. Chris speeds down the road at about 15km/hr and a man walked out of his office towards us, and told Chris to slow down to 5km/hr (at about 20% downgrade) ...oooh first impressions? They run a tight ship here, which is not a bad thing. We settled in site #37. We set up camp right away and settled 2 hours later. Nice little campsite here, my only problem here really is there is no hot water in the taps, You had to wash your hands with Purell - ugh.
Already on the first day of campling we (especially me) were frustrated with how we packed way too much stuff, and it was everywhere, it was a battleground for the visually impaired, falling over things, tripping over dog, misplacing things every five minutes and trying to remember where we put our glasses, books, and what nots. By day 3, we kept everything outside (except for food) and it was much easier access to our daily things. Monday, we ventured out and walked into town (5 km), walked around the quaint ecclectic town for about 2 hours and head back to camp. By this time, it was 30 degrees celcius and the walk home was all uphill, it was not for the faint hearted (pun not intended). All 3 of us collapsed onto our air mattress and slept for 2 hours. Oh the joys of not having a care for time, except for Dudley, as per usual, in his timely fashion, he reminded us it was dinner time.
For the next two days (Mon, Tues) we did some hiking, Mt. Maxell, Daffodil Point, and Ruckle Provincial Park. I used my #apple watch/iphone and the #RunGoApp to log in our hikes - since being on this island, I couldn't find places where I could safely run on my own, the country roads were too winding and there were blind spots everywhere, (again, pun not intended) people drove too fast around those treacherous corners and there were no where to run on the sides of the roads. On Thursday, we decided to take the car and go north of the island, after about 40 minutes of driving, we ended up back where we started from - the ferry terminal. So we parked our car near the Versuvius Bay park and quickly discovered that no dogs were allowed on the beach. So Chris walked the dog along the little streets as I quickly went down the stairs (okay, it wasn't quickly - it was rickety and uneven, and I had to watch every step I took) to look at the beach...it was not the kind of beach you want to explore because there was no where to go except plunk a lawn chair down and watch the world go by. I headed back up, met Chris and went for a bite to eat at the Versuvius Cafe. Cute little place - good selection for vegetarians. Friday, we packed up and made our way back to the ferry to Nanaimo.
I had one last deed to do concerning my Dad's estate and that meant a trip to Port Alberni. Good thing we still had access to our house in Nanaimo, albeit empty, it still served our purpose. AND we had hot water (smile). We are still in the dilemma of choosing what we will be driving across Canada. Yesterday we decided RV, today an new (new to us) bigger car...tomorrow? GAH!! It is so hard to decide. So we will pack up our Sante Fe agian, and possibly find something that will work for us as we cruise along the beautiful British Columbia highway. Next stop, south Vancouver Island (this is a big island people~it always makes me smile when people who visit Vancouver wants to pop over to Vancouver Island for the day...its bigger than a few of the states in US)
VIP TIP: buy a solar powered string of lights and use that to frame your tent, and or pathway in your campsite to guide you in the dark. I love mine, I never not once lost my way from the lawn chair to the tent, just everything else :)