We spotted a bear alongside the road as we were coming back from Botanical Beach. He never came close enough for me to get a good shot but it thrilled me to pieces none-the-less. I then explained to Tracy that I had been seeing bears all over the place as well as having them turn up in my journal pages. When I saw a REAL one, I wondered if it was my new totem animal. I think it is.
Later that day, tracy opened a Jack Hamm drawing book he had brought along and guess what it fell open to…bears. What is REALLY weird is that I kept writing moon bear on my page. After awhile I decided to look up what a bear totem means and one of the parts can be a moon bear. maybe more on this later. But we both thought it was pretty serendipitous.
OK…so back to the trip…we stopped at Sombrio beach. A quick search will explain how this has been a surfers haven for many years and many people had set up houses and were living off the land until the government came in and sawed their houses in half (literally with a chain saw). When they didn’t leave they burnt the shacks to the ground. Sad.
It is a long pothole ridden dirt road to the trail that leads to the beach. But Tracy can drive those things like an expert since he did that every weekend growing up.
There were a lot of surfers and they were all so gracious and friendly.
These are platforms they can camp out if they want to. I think this was the last remaining one and was taken 2 minutes after I shot it.
So, Vancouver Island has this cool thing where they will put up a sign for artisans who are OK with tourists stopping in. So when Tracy saw this Blacksmith Forge, he wanted to go. This guy was awesome and showed us how to do it.
He had some cool stuff along with his son who also lived and worked there.
Tracy also couldn’t pass up a distillery we saw. After trying both kinds, he had to have them both. Said they were the best he’s ever had. Apparently 3 guys got together, one being a famous chef and created a side business. I sat in the car. Can’t stand the taste of alcohol.
This place was overrated…called Shirley Delicious. Just wasn’t impressed. But the herbalicious lemonade was refreshing even though watered down since it was in the 90’s while we were there.
Before we got back to Sooke (below) we also stopped at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery. The mead was amazing…sweet but not too sweet. We have tried mead before and none of it tasted good. This did! The recipes go way way way back generations upon generations. Worth a stop if you go. We also stopped in at the Sea Salt Production co. They guy was great and showed us how they make seasalt. Of course we bought a ton of it in all different flavors and were back on the road again.
Stick In The Mud Coffee (below) really did have the best in town and a great little spot to journal at to boot!
Went to Mom’s Diner for breakfast based on someone’s suggestion. It was ok, but when I subbed out potato pancake instead of country potatoes, I had no idea I would get a mound of what reminded me of mcdonalds hashbrowns. Just be warned…they are tasty but you will have a tummy ache if you eat them all….it’s hard not to.
Since we still had some food items we had bought along the way, we stopped at a park and had lunch. It was still in the 90’s but we managed to find some shade.
A journal page I had been working on slowly. I mostly recorded the trip in my personal journal. (see the bear totem…) 😉
The following are shots taken around the grounds at the Sooke Harbour House. btw, they have changed owners so it’s not quite the same but not bad.
This was our last day. We had to get up early again to drive back to victoria and head straight to the ferry that was leaving for Port Angeles. You had to be there at least 90 minutes early. Then sit in your hot car and wait for the guards to come around. You can’t go anywhere. I hated it. Then the ferry is old and run-down and still takes 90 minutes to cross. It was super rocky the whole way and I was getting super queasy. Off the other side, we made the 90 minute drive down to bainbridge. This shot below was shot from our car as we were whizzing past. I definitely need to visit Victoria again.
Had a BLT at Hitchcock’s Deli in bainbridge, then over to Mora’s for watermelon sorbet (I live for this every summer). Then hopped onto another ferry for seattle where we slept like logs in our car while it crossed Puget Sound. Got into seattle just in the nick of time for the 4:30 traffic jam. Ugh.
It was a very full day of travel and not much else and I made a note that I never want to do that in one day ever again. My motion-sick tendencies were getting the better of me.
Now that I’m home, I’m back to protein shakes instead off all those big breakfasts. But it was amazing and fun and uplifting and we definitely want to go back. It’s kinda crazy that someplace with the same energies of Cornwall, England or The Big Island of Hawaii can be reached within 2 hours. I did a search to see if it is one of the big vortex’s. It isn’t but supposedly Vancouver Island is like a bowl that holds energies for the other vortex’s. It was something special and energetically charged, that’s all I know for sure.
Lastly…it was the perfect amount of time…5 days and 4 nights in all.