I'm baaaack! I took a long weekend - L and I went to visit his folks in Powell River, which is on the British Columbia west coast. It's a fair bit of travel, so I had Monday off.
I packed very minimally, only a cardigan, one top, one skirt, one dress and a single pair of shoes. Saturday's travel outfit:here (2nd & 3rd outfits), top last worn here (both outfits), skirt last worn here, and sandals last worn here (2nd outfit). Layers for temperature control and length of sleeves and skirt for sun coverage.
I also only took one pair of earrings, my silver feathers.
Enter, the hat!
Cardgian (no label, consignment), top (Planet), skirt (Cute Options), shoes (Wild Diva, swap from Caro), hat (Delux), scarf (Chapters).
On Sunday, we met up with our good friend Kelly, who'd moved back to PR earlier this year, for breakfast. We found the most awesome greasy spoon - I had steak and eggs! Delicious.
I wore the purple dress (last seen here), my Smoking Lily obi, and the cardgian again.
|I left some of my in-laws' hideous brown velvet floral couch in. So not my style!|
Dress (Lady Dutch, consignment), obi (Smoking Lily).
These are the accessory items:
Today, we got home after a very long drive (pictures below of the travel both ways), and I changed into an outfit for going out for lunch and also to the passport office. Time to renew our passports - oh joy.
|Looking away because I have no make-up on!|
Vest (InWear, consignment), cami (Esprit), skirt (Le Chateau, consignment), sandals (La Canadienne, consignment).
You can stop reading here if you're not interested in my travel pictures. I won't be offended.
Once we got out of town, we drove north along the highway (there is only one route), to a section called the Malahat. It starts here, at Goldstream Park, a lovely place, lots of trees, hiking and yeah, there's Goldstream River, where salmon spawn (which is quite disgusting when they start to rot).
This section of the highway used to be more hilly - many decades ago they blasted down through the rock to make the highway easier to drive. It's still an uphill drive - my ears always pop near the top.
This is the Malahat lookout, at the peak.
Coming down off the Malahat, I can see the mountains further up-Island in the far distance. We'll skirt around those and go past them.
As we went through Duncan, I was assailed by this awful thing:
Agggh!! Another one!
As we sped past the teeny-weeny Nanaimo airport, I caught one of the small planes overhead.
Once we passed Nanaimo, there's the "new highway", a lovely long straight stretch of road.
And 3 hours later, we arrive at the Courtenay/Comox ferry dock (hi, Peg!). This is looking north.
We patiently waited to get our tickets.
here for my travelogue in December - it's much different in the winter!).
The mighty Queen of Burnaby got us across the strait to the mainland.
Looking at the mainland in the far distance.
And looking back at Vancouver Island.
Not up here, though.
Up at the bow:
L is in the forward lounge, reading his book and chillin'.
Looking back along the top deck.
Looking down at the Zodiac boat.
There was an announcement of porpoises off the starboard side, but I couldn't see them. Aw...
Waiting in our little car as the ferry pulls into the docks at Powell River.
We spent a quiet weekend, mostly just talking and reading. I finished "Amsterdam" by Ian McEwan and read all of Jennifer Egan's "Look at Me". I just finished her excellent novel "A Visit from the Goon Squad" (a book club pick) and loved it. All great books. It was a real pleasure to enjoy so much reading time.
My inlaws' back yard.
Yesterday, we played bocce in the front yard. L's step-dad has dementia (he doesn't know who any of us are), but bocce was okay for him to play. It's simple: just aim for the white ball!
Today, L and I headed for the cafeteria on the ferry for our traditional Sunshine Breakfast.
|Yo, check out my breakfast, yo!|
As we pulled out from the PR dock, the clouds started to break.
Are we there yet?
But at least I caught a fuzzy shot of the gnome!
|"I'm a gnome with the biggest hands ever."|
The Malahat summit heading south - it's getting sunny!