Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday 22nd April 2014….Day 17!!!

Happy Birthday Alex and also happy Birthday to my good friend Caron!!!

Well the weatherman got it wrong no rain, no grey skies just a lovely sunny but cool day so hiking was on my agenda but first had to say goodbye to Kirby he is going back to the west coast for work and Ben drove him there today.  Thanks for your friendship and your kindness to me all these years!!!

I then packed up a lunch and packed my back pack as if I was going on the Camino…..Crocs fastened to the back of the pack, a good place for my camera, drinks and food loaded and I was off just after 10am and arrived at the trail head 25 minutes later.


A nice trail through forests




Cable Bay Trail

Dodd Narrows

Cable Bay is a must-see for the mid-Island explorer, especially if they will walk the extra kilometer to Joan Point Park at Dodd Narrows — the site of a powerful tidal current. You can sit on the moss here and watch boats as they are carried through the rocky channel, seemingly by ancient monsters.

There is a lot of sandstone "beach" to explore here, especially at lower tides.

It's good to see Mudge Island so close, across the narrows from this beach. And then there is Gabriola Island to the left, then Protection Island, then Duke Point and the Harmac pulp mill (in its massive closeness).

The above was taken from a Nanaimo web site.


After walking through the forest came out at the water



I have walked this trail many times in the past and still cannot figure out why they call it Cable Bay!!!


I then came around the headland to Dodds Narrows this fast flowing water looks very scary!!



Only one boat going through



A nice spot for lunch!!



It was a great hike 8km or 5 miles and afterwards I did some chores in town and saw this car in a parking lot!!!


This is the exact same car, same color of my vehicle that I had when I lived in Bermuda!!!!

I then went to the local post office and asked them if they could weigh my back pack and they did and with two filled one litre water bottles and everything I need, well almost, it weighted 14 pounds so I am happy with that.

I have been home almost a week and really surprised I had not seen any deer in the area..they are always around..well this afternoon I fixed that!!!



This evening was a quiet one watching first a hockey game and then a re recorded soccer game……

The test post below I wrote and took photos with my Nexus and I think I have mastered how to do that so that also is good news.

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Test again

I am sitting in the glorious sun thinking about the next few months and how lucky I am.will try to post this later..

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday 21st Aril 2014..Day 16!!

Another better sleep but still waking too early…and again another dreary and wet day but not complaining!!!!

I had arranged to go and pick up my friend Annie and take her to see her husband Gordie who is living in a care facility and we arrived that just after 10 am….I have known Gordie for many years and it was really sad to see that he he is now confined to a wheel chair and is not too aware of his surroundings…..must also be so hard for Annie and to think it was less than 4 years ago I attended their 50th wedding anniversary…..I tip my hat to the dedicated workers in these care homes and it always leaves me with a feeling of being so very lucky and blessed to have great health and also to be surrounded by very special friends!!!



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After we said good bye to Gordie I took Annie to do some errands and we stopped for tea and then I took her home where I had said I would clean the tops of her high and hard to reach cupboards and I thought I was retired!!!


I got home just after 2pm and even though it was raining I felt I needed to get out into the bush so I found this hike…


Ammonite Falls is named for the fossils that inhabit the stack of sedimentary layers of rock kept slick by the falls. A brief foray into the rock matrix in the Benson Creek Falls Regional Park reveals a vast number of concretions, ball'o'fossils that can be broken open to reveal ancient life. Most concretions contain merely a protean speck, while others house ammonites, snail-like creatures similar in shape and form to the modern Nautilus. These were very common in Paleozoic and Mesozoic oceans, 400 to 65 million years ago. Many large shells are embedded in the stone of the riverbed (one at least is the area of a Nanaimo bus schedule).


It was a lovely trail


and the last part down to the falls you have to go down this steep bank with a rope to help again I stood at the top and I heard Linda saying no way and then I heard my Dad saying well I am going….so I climbed down and was rewarded with this…




Quite special!!!  getting back out was easier than going down and the whole return hike took me about 2 hours.

I was muddy and went when I got home but a long hot shower helped and then we all went out to a very nice restaurant, the Longwood, to celebrate Alex’s 20th birthday tomorrow…..the food was excellent, the waitress very good and it was a wonderful celebration


Ben, Heather, Kirby, Birthday boy Alex and zack!!




….Kirby returns tomorrow to the west coast to continue teaching  so this was nice we could all be together for a last meal as I shall not see Kirby again before I leave……also want to thank Kirby for doing my taxes today too!!

Back at home we had another birthday cake


To celebrate Alex leaving for Australia in July to study in Canberra the cake was appropriate!!!


A wonderful day!!

Yashi Kochi!!   z

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday 20th April 2014…Day15!!!

My best sleep so far  7am…..did some computer work and then had a delicious breakfast of home made cinnamon rolls that our good neighbor Ross made..they were the best I have tasted!!!

It was over caste but not raining and as it is turkey dinner tonight and I shall be eating copious amounts a long walk was on my agenda…..so by 9am Boomer and I were ready to go.


It was a good walk on pavement and we went to an area called Shack Island!!!






Shack Island

This "island" can be reached by pedestrians during lower tides.

Shack Island is a T-shaped, exotic slice of short bluffs and rocky beach amidst the shallow waters that separate Pipers Lagoon from Neck Point to the north.

There've been fishermen's cabins here since before the thirties – back when it was a long rowboat journey from downtown Nanaimo to these prime fishing grounds. The shacks were constructed as weekend shelters.

The "shacks" are rustic in appearance and are often thought to be abandoned, but really they are treasured and used as summer cabins by a lucky few descendants of the original owners. So, please be respectful of these properties if you venture there.

We enjoyed the walk and it was 13km or 8 miles and Boomer was well behaved.

I had a little lunch and then went and did some shopping and got showered and cleaned up and ready for the Easter celebration

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…..Heather and Kirby invited a couple of the neighbors over and 12 of us sat down for what was a wonderful feast and great company!!!



Thanks it was a fabulous dinner and evening….

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday 19th April 2014….Day 14!!

You will know by now that when I am in San Miguel my Saturday mornings follow a particular pattern which is to have breakfast whilst watching live soccer from England…did you think driving 6000 km north would make a difference!!!!

So here I am this morning having breakfast whilst watching live soccer from England but the only difference is I am STILL IN BED!!!!!



Not a bad way to start the day.  I have checked the forecast for the next two weeks and there is a lot of rain coming…..

At 10 am this morning I went to Karen's house…..I have know Karen for over 20 years and we are great friends but unfortunately in the last few months she has had some health issues and needs to under go two replacements in the next year…..I met her new puppy dog Lily and we went for a short hike into the trails by Westwood lake…it is like a rain forest and very pretty.





We then went back and had some lunch and caught up on all our news.

I then went and did lots of chores in town and passed by the restaurant where I happily worked for 14 years.


I then went to the library which is close to where the condo is located that I used to own.. I bought my condo in 2000 for 65000 dollars and sold it in 2006 for 160000 dollars!!!


It was not this ghastly color when I lived there and also where the piles of dirt are was a tennis court


My condo was the middle one.

This lake is right across the street.


So it was a busy day and when I got back home I took Boomer for a nice long walk and after supper…you guessed it we all sat down and watched hockey!!!

It feels like I have been here for a long time and yet it is not two weeks since I left San Miguel…..blessings les