Our Trip to British Columbia & the Pacific Northwest – Part 3: Random Dragons and a Lighthouse

Here is Part 3! (Here is Part 1 and Part 2. As always, click on the images to see more detail.)

Panorama of the driftwood, Port Renfrew

Panorama of the driftwood, Port Renfrew

Next on the agenda was going to be driving from Port Renfrew to Victoria. It was going to take us a couple of hours, so we could leisurely leave the Bed and Breakfast and then see what adventure was waiting to be discovered between here and there.

So, that morning, we did more exploring of the beach by our Bed and Breakfast when the tide was out. This time, we discovered what we consider to be “driftwood.” Everywhere else, so far has boasted “drift LOGS” or “drift TREES.” Of course, what they lacked in size, they made up for in sheer quantity! What?? Look at this! (If you look in the panorama above, you can see the WALL of driftwood!!)

If only he could find a suitable walking stick in this lousy collection...

If only he could find a suitable walking stick in this lousy collection…

After our morning hike, we loaded up the car and set out. As we were toodling along the highway (I would say, “zipping,” but when the speed limits are what they are, we were NOT zipping), we saw DRAGONS on a gate. We HAD to stop to check this out! Dragons!? Are you kidding?!

Dragon 1

Dragon 1b

Dragon 2

Dragon 2b

As we flipped a u-turn and got closer to get some pictures (a sign even said we could take pictures!), we noticed it was a “Modern Day Blacksmith” and they were open that day from 11am to 4pm and it suggested we come on up and check it out. As luck would have it, it was just after 11am, so we threw caution to the wind and made our way up the one-way, steep driveway to see what this was all about.

More Dragons

We pulled into a parking spot and were greeted by Marty Gilbertson of Foggy Mountain Forge. He and his son, Justin, were hard at work on a magnificent chandelier with metal roses curling around the base.

Marty took us into the shop and showed us how a modern-day blacksmith works. In the process, he created a Raven Feather for Claire!

See the iridescence? Marty showed us how that was created! Absolutely amazing.

See the iridescence? Marty showed us how that was created! Absolutely amazing.

It was amazing watching him work!

Blacksmith

Dragons?? Hand-made Raven feathers?? What a random and awesome find!

Marty was able to suggest a place for us to try for lunch (Shirley Delicious…and it WAS…), and we noticed some of his handiwork in the washroom.

Roses

Roses

From the parking lot of the cafe, we noticed a sign for a lighthouse! We’re suckers for lighthouses, so off we went on another adventure.

Sheringham Point Lighthouse

Sheringham Point Lighthouse

Sheringham Point Lighthouse 2

Sheringham Point Lighthouse 1

From there, we made our way to Victoria!
Stay tuned for more of the adventure!

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