Thursday, October 9, 2008

Moving around Vancouver Island

Spawning Coho

Miracle Beach
We had a good visit in Port McNeill with John & Anne and Dennis & April (and kids Nikki and Travyn). On Saturday night Anne made her famous crab and smoked salmon fettuccini; amazingly delicious! We’d driven up to Port Hardy in the morning to buy the fresh crabs and smoked salmon from the shop that does the smoking. Decided to eat out at a little restaurant there called Malone’s and it was smorg only on Saturdays. Very nice selection. It’s a sad state when I can’t manage more than one plate though.
We left McNeill Monday morning. The road was dry til south of Woss then drizzly. As we started down toward Menzies Bay, the skies opened up and the wind blew. South of Campbell River the weather made driving a bit of a challenge for a little way. We went into Miracle Beach for the night. We were able to get #23 which is the driest and brightest site when there are only the two rows open. Aileen’s sister Pat and hubby Jim joined us for supper and a good visit in the trailer. We were serenaded with falling cones and the odd branch in the windstorm. Nothing serious at the trailer but there were a few trees and large branches down in the campground when we went for a long walk next morning. It was a pleasant sunny walk. We watched some Coho salmon struggling through the shallows up Black Creek in the park.
We spent Tuesday and Wednesday nights in Mom and Dad’s yard in Errington. Visited Mom and Dad in Stanford Place. They were feeling a little poorly, in fact, they were sleeping at 11 AM when we went in. They’d had a busy weekend. Mom’s sister Eleanor and husband Ron Pengelly had come down from Salmon Arm specially to see them. I think they had been in three days to visit. Dad had been very alert the day before we went in so needed a rest, I guess.
We packed up in the pouring rain this morning and moved down to Riverside RV Park along the Cowichan River at Duncan. We got set up before having a late lunch since it wasn’t raining. We went for the full hookup to fully recharge before spending the next several days unplugged in Goldstream Park near Victoria. It was only $22 for full hookup here but cash only.
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