Sunday, August 21, 2016

A BUSY WEEK TOURING, HIKING AND VISITING

We've had a busy week!   On Monday, we went to Courtenay as Mitzy had a vet appointment then when we got home, Aileen gave her a bath.  After supper, we picked up friend Bev D and took a drive up to Union Bay then did some grocery shopping back in Parksville.
On Tuesday, we met my cousin Judith down in Duncan and took a ferry over to Saltspring Island for the afternoon.  We had a great time driving around the Island exploring side roads and grabbing a few geocaches. When we got back to Duncan, we dropped in on our cousin Neil and Carol's for a visit.  Leaving there, we went to the Old Fork Restaurant and had a very nice late supper.  The cook was celiac so Aileen was able to have a safe gluten free meal.
On Wednesday, we had to dump the tanks and take on fresh water.  As soon as that was done, we drove to Nanaimo to attend the Escapees Chapter monthly luncheon.  By the time we got home and Aileen had her nap, Richard and Georgia arrived for their planned visit.  I sold my CAN-AM ATV to nephew Logan that evening.
On Thursday, Aileen went to Bev D's mother's 92nd birthday party while Richard, Georgia and I went geocaching.  The three of us went for Chinese food for lunch.  I grilled some sockeye salmon for supper for a bunch of us here at Charlie and Sheila's.
On Friday, Richard took Aileen and Georgia to the Tiger Lily Petting Farm, not far from here.  I puttered around doing various things then did a few things in town.  After lunch, Richard and I drove up the Inland Highway about twenty minutes and walked up Nile Creek.  I have been wanting to check this out for a few years but just never made it.  There are a series of pretty waterfalls about two kilometers from the parking spot and we also grabbed eight geocaches along the way.  We picked likely the hottest day of the year to do our hike!
Yesterday, Saturday, I once again made pancakes as that is Georgia's favoured breakfast when she visits.  I made pancakes every morning they were here.  Richard had gone golfing a couple of the mornings so missed out on the pancakes those days. We went to the Errington Farmer's Market after breakfast.     My sister Susan had called and offered us some fresh green beans, so after lunch Richard and I went for them and had a nice visit.  After supper we went to the ocean where Aileen and Richard enjoyed a swim.  Georgia, Mitzy and I enjoyed our time on the beach staying dry.
Richard and Georgia went home this morning so we are having a quiet morning by ourselves, reflecting on our busy week.  Some clouds have moved in this morning which are the first we have seen for some time.  There is the possibility of some showers but then back to clear and warm.  The forest is mostly closed to ATVing now because of the excessively dry conditions.
This week looks to be fairly busy too as we are off to Victoria for a long day on Tuesday.  Wednesday, Aileen has a birthday lunch to attend then in the evening will shred zuchinni in preparation to making relish on Thursday.  And so it goes...

Old barn awaiting restoration in Burgoyne Bay Park, Saltspring Island

Inside a building in Burgoyne Bay Park, Saltspring Island

Next to the ferry dock at Vesuvius, Saltspring Island, BC

Looking north from the dock

From the wharf at Vesuvius

A little bit like Santorini, Greece but its in Vesuvius, Saltspring Island, BC

Taken from the ferry when leaving Vesuvius

All the next shots are of the Nile Creek waterfalls.

Triple falls on Nile Creek





The sun's rays in a pool, Nile Creek

After stepping back and losing my balance, getting a few new scrapes on my body, I crawled back into position and took this shot.  It was difficult getting the tripod set up on the rough, steep slope then looking through the viewfinder while holding a branch out of the way.

Taken from lower down, but still on the steep side slope.  Richard was off to the right holding several branches out of the way.

Being it was about the hottest day of the year, Richard and I went for a swim.  It was quite cool!  This was a tough shot, shooting into the sun, but there was no other option.

Richard and Aileen in the water at Craig Bay, near Parksville, BC