After two days in Vancouver (Part 1), we drove our car onto the ferry and went from Vancouver to Nanaimo. I’d heard rumors of GOATS on a ROOF in a town just a little bit up the coast, so we HAD to go. ( (As always, feel free to enlarge the photos by clicking on them!)
From the goats on the roof of the Old City Market in Coombs, we drove across Vancouver Island over to Port Renfrew. It’s on the western coast, and is accessible by a logging road.
A fun thing we discovered about Canada? Well, we can sum it up by this imaginary conversation we had:
“Well, we’re over budget on this roads project. Thoughts?”
“I know how we can save a TON of money.”
“Well, the bridges are way too extravagant in this current plan. Why do you need two lanes? Why do you need a lane that goes in both directions at the same time? That’s crazy! You really only need ONE lane. It’s not like anyone will be going in BOTH directions on the bridges at the SAME TIME.”
“Excellent. Problem solved!”
For the record, one bridge was so long we couldn’t see the END of it before we actually got ON it…and there WAS someone trying to come our way! So, we backed up! …Yes, backwards back to the beginning of the bridge! …and let them pass. It’s a good thing we’re not faint of heart.
I will say, though, that Vancouver and all the places we visited on Vancouver Island has THE MOST POLITE drivers EVER. It was sad, actually, how OBVIOUS and WEIRD it seemed to us that everyone was calm, chill, and polite. It should be that way everywhere, but it’s NOT.
The sun followed us on our entire vacation. Everywhere we went, the locals were out basking in it. (I was looking forward to the break from the sun for once!) I made the best of it. 😉
The above pictures show the tide in. The following pictures show the tide out!
Those “driftwood” pieces in the pictures above are MASSIVE trees. It was nearly impossible to get the perspective to show you just how BIG they were. They were easily 20-feet in diameter. No lie!
On our second day in Port Renfrew, we drove to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park and hiked around here. Who is Juan de Fuca? Well, I looked it up, and then we spent a while giggling about this. Juan de Fuca was actually a Greek explorer by the name of Ioánnis Phokás. He was hired by the King of Spain in the late 1500s to explore this area. He discovered this strait.
Yes. A Spanish King hired a Greek man to explore what is now Canada, and history refers to him by his Spanish-translated name. In Canada. Just so we’re clear. 😉
Anyway, regardless of what you call it, it’s absolutely beautiful!
Stay tuned for our next installment!