We re now enjoying our housesit in Mill Bay and the two Shelties, Rhui and Indy. There are many trails right out the backyard to take the dogs for walks and they are very easy to care for. Today we took them to the Kinsol Trestle. It was a nice hike and amazing to see walk across the bridge. After dozens of years of disrepair and arson, it was thankfully renovated and is now a asset to the community. We have also found a fabulous swimming pool in Duncan which has a Motrin, say a, steam room, lap pool, and a warmer second pool that has a lazy river fit the kids. It is right next to the Island Savings Centre which us the hockey arena. The weather has been mild and were enjoying the hiking and surroundings.
23 January 2017
Once our 11 days with Jake was over we found a quaint oceanview one bedroom at Madrona Beach Resort. It had a beautiful view over Craig Bay, and we arrived just around sunset. Spectacular pink/blue skyline. The beach here is sandy, and very shallow so would be ideal for beachcombing, standup paddle boarding, or kayaking. From here we did several very enjoyable hikes, noteably Notch Hill which was a steep climb but had a spectacular view. Then the several hundred year old Cathedral Grove at MacMillan Provincial Park, and Englishman River Falls Regional Park. I would def. do these hikes again as they were so enjoyable. We met Bill and Lyla McFarlin at Madrona and together we are the nearby English pub and Restaurant called The Black Goose. They have a very nice room with full kitchen for 2 months( $37 / night) seems like a steal of a deal.
12 January 2017
Our first house sit was for 11 year old Jake the Bengal cat. It was a beautiful year old 2 story 2 bedroom house in Fairwinds near Nanoose Bay. Jake was easy to care for which allowed us much freedom to explore the surrounding areas. We looked at a few properties, and lots of walking. I played bridge in Parksville at the bowls club and we swam at the pool in Qualicom Beach almost daily. This pool also had a steam sauna, dry sauna, and a huge hottub. When we first arrived there was plenty of snow which looked so pretty as it sat heavily on the tree boughs. Within a few days it had all melted away.
3 January 2017
Before leaving home Kelly snow blowed the deep snow at the lake. The drive through the mountains was beautiful for the most part, but the last hour on the Coquihalla Highway was snowing and blowing. We stayed in Medicine Hat the first night, then stopped at Lake Louise for a few pictures. Many people were skating on the lake. Our next stop was in Golden, BC.; Quaint little village at the base of a ski hill. Day 3 we stopped at cousin Jeanette and Jim Spicer for a nice visit then onwards to Burnaby. There we booked into a B&B. It was a very nice home. Two pictures show the sitting room with fireplace and the share kitchen. It was very nice. Our last travel day, we drove the sea to sky drive up to Squamish, BC. It was a very scenic drive but cloudy so we skipped the gondola ride to the top. Then we took the car ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo. Our first 3nights on Vancouver Island we stayed at the Pacific Shores Resort. The last few pictures were on that property, along the Seawall.