April 8 to April 15 (Ucluelet, BC back Home)
The first leg of the journey takes us (me and my new traveling companion, Bud E. Bear) from home to Ucluelet, B.C. with stops in Canmore (one night) then Kelowna (two nights) on to Parksville, B.C. for a night, and Port Hardy before spending a couple night in the Ucluelet/Tofino are on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
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Day 9 - April 8, 2022
This was a very busy day despite not driving any distance. We went between Ucluelet and Tofino, stopping at every beach and stop along the way, sometimes more than once, looking for the best place to get sunset shots. That was taking a leap of faith because when we started in the morning it was pouring rain. Fortunately it stopped raining about noon and cleared off as the afternoon progressed. However the wind kept howling all day.
So, we have some dull ocean shots, some flowers (I tried for birds and other wildlife but nothing co-operated), then some shots around Tofino, and later some sunnier shots. I wrote Joy's name in the sand, then watched as the tide came in and covered it over with water. Lastly, some waves, whipped up by the winds, crashing on the rocks. And then, the sunset shots with Bud E. Bear that I was hoping for since I left home. Hopefully I can get similar shots (only sunrise) in Newfoundland later on the trip.
Day 10 - April 9, 2022
The day started off with a beautiful sunrise. The plan was to spend the day driving to Victoria and then spend 3 days there. However, after arriving in Victoria, getting a couple shots, I decided to go back to Kelowna. Maybe not the best decision. The Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt was snow covered, it was snowing and a brutal drive. Then from Merritt to Kelowna was even worse. It turned out to be an 19 hour day on the road.
Along the way I managed to get some good, scenic shots including a Dark Eyed Junco and a pair of Vultures, a waterfall, a few in Victoria and from the ferry.
Day 12 - April 11, 2022
The day started catching up on some office work. After lunch I went on a hike up Rose Valley Regional Park. Valley? The hike was over 8 kms (the sign says 7.9 but there were some side trips, both intentional and unintentional) with an elevation gain of 246 m (800 ft.). I think that is the net elevation. I am sure the total is more with the many ups and downs. Not bad for an out of shape old guy.
Anyway, some spectacular views from up there. I also managed a few shots of some birds.
Day 13 - April 12, 2022
A very interesting day. I met up with an old friend that I haven't seen in years and haven't visited with in decades. We decided to take a drive to see another old friend (Mimi's brother, Dana) who I used to work with in the early 70's. So Kelowna to Greenwood and back. The route took us past Rock Creek which was a favourite spot of my Mom and Dad in their camping days. Someone set fire to a recycle bin and the store/gas station owners were frantically trying to put it out. Whoever started it is sick. The road runs through a large section of burned out forest from the major fires here a few years back.
Anyway, a nice drive, a great visit and not too many photos.
Day 16 - April 15, 2022
Well, the west coast leg of Canada 2022 is complete. The day started beautifully in Kelowna, so I got a few shots there before I headed for home. As you will see, there was no wind so the lakes in the valley were like mirrors. The third shot is of a flock of American Coots. I have never seen so many together before. Next a few shots of various lakes as I headed north, some frost on a pine tree and a couple more of the trip. It was a long day so I didn't get to these right away.
Lastly a shot of Ben E. Bear in his car seat that I rigged up so he could see out the window (and he wouldn't interfere with the camera bag), then one of him relaxing in Joy's chair at home. Lastly, when I got home I found one of Joy's African Violets blooming. Trust me, they weren't doing well when I left. However, I can take all the credit for this miracle. That is because I put them in the care of the right person. Thanks Candi!