Peter and Connie's Lifestyle Journey travel blog

Seals at Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal

On the top deck of the ferry

Bailey sleeping in the Burb passenger seat

Museum Logging Truck

Chainsaw Carving and Bailey

Bailey collecting shells at Oyster Bay

Having Fun in Coombs

Goats on the Roof

Entering Cathedral Grove

Those are some tall trees!

An 800 year old tree and that isn't such a small one...

Skipping Rocks at Qualicum Beach

Collecting shells at Shelter Bay Beach

Tanya baking a delicious pie

Bailey reading before bed

Saying Goodbye at the Comox Airport


Hi Friends,

On Oct 9 we stood on the upper deck of the ferry at the Tsawwassen ferry terminial watching the seals basking in the sunshine. Just as we arrived in Nanaimo we heard a news story about a serious accident a few miles north of town – we quickly checked the maps and found a side road. Since many other people found the same road a five minute drive took us 45 minutes – but it was quicker than the highway – they were at a complete standstill and we’d have been over an hour waiting otherwise. I caught a photo of Bailey catching up on her sleep while we were stuck in traffic. I think we wore the poor girl out!

We took an afternoon to visit the Museum where Oma works. Both Tanya and Bailey climbed on the logging truck, checked out the huge tree trunk, and watched the movie about Ripple Rock. A highpoint of Bailey’s visit to the island was collecting shells – her aim was to bring home one for each of her classmates – she hit a gold mine at Oyster Bay where they deposit the Oyster shells on the side of the road! While walking the beach at Qualicum, Poppa taught Bailey how to skip rocks.

We managed to arrive at Coombs in time to watch the goats eat their dinner. Walking through Cathedral Grove we were in awe over the tall trees. We stopped to take numerous photos of the largest tree, a giant Douglas Fir, which is over 800 years old, 76 m tall, and 9 m round. We found out that in 1492 when Christopher Columbus came to N. America this tree was over 300 years old already. It is also larger than the Leaning Tower of Pisa which is only 56 m tall. We also learned that the Douglas Fir is Canada’s oldest living species of tree and it can live to over 1000 years!

We enjoyed the visit and hope that Tanya and Bailey did as well……the time went by too quickly and suddenly we found ourselves at the airport taking a final photo before they catch the plane back home to Ottawa. Hopefully they will be out to visit again – soon! We love and miss you already – Love Poppa/Peter and Oma/Mom.



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