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Rest & Relaxation on Vancouver Island

Julie had booked the week off work to spend some time with us. We picked her up in Vancouver and she took us to visit her Aunt and Uncle on the east coast of Vancouver Island.  They’ve recently finished building their dream home which was built to PassivHaus standards, so it was a real treat for me to check it out and ask lots of questions.  They also had a cute little guest cabin out the back which they let us stay in.  The cabin was bare timber with mid century furniture, and an outdoor shower and toilet… pretty much our dream home.

We had initially planned to spend a couple of days there and then explore the island’s west coast for a few days, but we had such a great time at Miracle Beach, and our hosts were so hospitable that we couldn’t bring ourselves to leave, so we ended up staying put for the week.

Beers with Julie

Beers with Julie

Picnic by the water

Picnic by the water

Ocean, mountains, sunset. A winning combination.

Ocean, mountains, sunset. A winning combination.

Sunset canoe launch

Sunset canoe launch

Sunset paddling

Sunset paddling

Moonrise paddling with our amazing hosts John and Elaine (and their dog, Frodo)

Moonrise paddling with our amazing hosts John and Elaine (and their dog, Frodo)

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"The Love Shack"

“The Love Shack”

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Quiet walks in the coastal rainforest.

Quiet walks in the coastal rainforest.

And on the beach... Spot the bald eagle.

And on the beach… Spot the bald eagle.

There it is.

There it is.

We saw loads of cool stuff as we wandered along the beach at low tide.

We saw loads of cool stuff as we wandered along the beach at low tide.

Biking the 'Pub to Pub Trail'

Biking the ‘Pub to Pub Trail’

It was really great to stay in one place for a few days and get some rest and relaxation.   And we couldn’t imagine a better place for it.

 

 

Chasing Icebergs

It was cold and dreary the entire time we were in Valdez. We had a few beers at ‘The Fat Mermaid’ while the locals were setting off fireworks for the 4th of July.  You could hardly see the fireworks through the fog, plus it was light outside until about 11pm. I’m sure the fireworks are better at New Year’s.

Despite the weather, or perhaps because of it, there was a calm sense of anticipation in the village. The harbour was full of fishing boats waiting for the pink salmon to start running. And the poor weather gave us a great excuse to lounge around in the van all day watching movies on the laptop and catching up on some neglected internet errands.  It was nice to have a holiday from our holiday for a day.

The main reason for visiting Valdez was to take a kayaking tour to paddle amongst the icebergs of the Columbia Glacier.  The glacier has been retreating since the mid 80’s, hastened by the sea water lapping at it’s toe. It leaves behind a trail of icebergs that have calved off the main glacier into the bay.  I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.

Beached as...

Beached as…

Sea otter. These might be the coolest animals we saw in Alaska.

Sea otter. These might be the cutest animals we saw in Alaska.

Becci Rae. Almost as cute as a sea otter. Almost.

Becci Rae. Almost as cute as a sea otter. Almost.

Icebergs. Cool.

Icebergs. Cool.

The wolf iceberg. Can you see it?

The wolf iceberg. Can you see it?

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Tourists.

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Blue berg.

Dirty Berg.

Dirty Berg.

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We got real close.

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Becci doing all the work.

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Taxi.