Tagged with outdoors

We’re getting a bit soft…

…and it’s not just because we’re eating too much high calorie, huge portion dinners out in Houston! We got in the pool this morning and felt it was a bit chilly.  It made the girls catch their breath and even surprised me when I jumped in.  I quickly jumped out again to check the temperature … Continue reading

Relaxing in Chilliwack

  We flew back to Vancouver on Wednesday but instead of spending time in the city, we headed to Chilliwack, an hour outside Vancouver, to visit some friends.  We had not seen James and Marianne for 8 years so they had never met the girls. They had also had a little girl, Rosie, since we’d … Continue reading

Victoria, Vancouver Island part 1

Victoria, Vancouver Island part 1

We left Tofino on Sunday and were definitely sad to go.  We had a 4 hour drive to get to Victoria in the very South of the island and it should have been a lovely drive.  The girls decided differently though – they didn’t like being cooped up in the car and the windy roads … Continue reading

Sand dunes, logs and bogs

We had a slow start this morning – I had work to do and the girls are feeling tired.  It must be all the fresh air – we’re just not used to it anymore!  It is lovely to be spending 10 hours a day outside though, we’ve missed it… Lunch was first on the agenda … Continue reading

Whale watching in Tofino

Whale watching in Tofino

Yesterday started out like most other days here: a bit chilly and damp, with lots of sea fog rolling in over the beach.  (It’s not always like this here – when we were here 9 years ago it was sunny and warm every day…)  Despite this, we decided to take a boat trip out and … Continue reading

Adventuring on our island

Adventuring on our island

The island opposite cabin 3 at Crystal Cove is magical.  There are a couple of paths up onto it but they are hidden from view and require some careful climbing to get up there.  Once on the island you are in a different world – a but like I imagine Hobbiton to be, all twisty … Continue reading

Picnic on Paradise Island

Picnic on Paradise Island

We were going to visit an island to watch the whales and have a picnic today.  We drove to Schooners Trail and walked along the boardwalk through the rainforest. We found lots of big trees (but no rainforest monkeys, to the disappointment of the girls but we did point out we were on the wrong … Continue reading

Tofino-time

Tofino-time

We’ve all hit Tofino-time here.  It’s defined locally as “half the speed, twice the pleasure” and it’s completely right.  Lots of sleep and the only reason the actual time matters is so you know when low and high tide are, as that defines the different adventures you can have. At low tide we can explore … Continue reading

A day on the beach

A day on the beach

Today was cloudy when we woke up but that didn’t stop us exploring!  We headed in to Tofino to find out about whale watching boat trips and other things to do this week.  (We’d visited the tourist information shed just outside town yesterday and I only hope they weren’t paying the people there as we … Continue reading