Well, I could use another long weekend - oh, wait, there's one coming up! It's like I planned this.
- Shirt - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; purchased here for $12.95
- Shirt (below) - Dept, consignment; last worn here (4th outfit) in July with these same bottoms
- Cami - don't remember; I don't track these
- Cami (below) - Fairweather, thrifted; I don't track these
- Denim clamdiggers - Contrast, thrifted; last seen here (4th outfit)
- Sandals - Born, consignment; last worn here earlier this month on a casual weekend
I wore the same bottoms, but with a different shirt and cami on Saturday
|Terrible hotel room lighting|
- Earrings - 5th anniversary gift from L
Now, what follows is a huge passel of pictures of our drive up-Island, the ferry ride, various trees, etc. Feel free to skip 'em if you want to. Part of me doing these big wrap-up posts is for me, so that I can remember my trips.
I always take a picture of Vizzini before we go so that it's the first picture on the camera for when I start to miss the little monster.
|"I know what you're doing with all those bags. You're leaving me!"|
As we recently sold our car, and it's extremely painful to travel a few hundred kilometers and catch a ferry (same on the return), L and I rented this spiffy vehicle for our trip.
|It was very vroom-vroom.|
It takes about 5-6 hours to get to/from PR. It's a long drive, so I amuse myself by taking pictures of things I find interesting. L and I also have a whack of CDs with us and we sing along at the top of our lungs.
I am always awed by what a beautiful place we live in.
Mount Finlayson, through the trees.
Finally, through the traffic, and we are off. There are a few sections of the highway that go to 120 kmph.
Up at the top of the Malahat Drive, looking south. That bump in the centre is Mt. Finlayson.
Outside of Duncan.
I got a giggle out of these three haystacks north of Duncan.
There are a bunch of black cows resting in the shade under these lone trees out in the middle of this field.
We see a lot of different vehicles on the road, including logging trucks, moving trucks, tons of RVs...but this is the most beat-up car I've ever seen.
I nearly missed the Gnome With Big Hands!
Coming into the Comox Valley, about mid-way up Vancouver Island.
And we're at the ferry!
Thanks to my trusty and handsome driver, L.
We had some time in the line-up before boarding the ferry and it was so hot, so I got out and stretched my legs.
Time to board!
Into the belly of the beast!
I explored around the outside decks as we prepared to leave the dock.
Looking back at the cove, the man on the beach and his dog spotted someone in the water.
I want to play with these ropes and ring the bell!
Looking at the coast of British Columbia (aka BC). We locals call it the mainland.
On the top deck. Passengers aren't allowed to go inside up here; outside only.
Looking down to the deck below.
Pretty green seafoam as we pull out.
And here we are at Powell River.
L and I got discounts for breakfast in the hotel. I'm not sure what is going on with that sausage.
Look, a chainsaw sculpture...
From breakfast, we walked to the beach.
Yes, we should go into these bushes. Where there are bears.
Oh, all right. These are very lovely trees, I'll give you that.
Yes, take my picture.
The only bit of sandy beach here.
Some sort of lumberjack competition happens in this little amphitheatre (that pole gets climbed).
A tugboat towing some barges, Texada Island, and Vancouver Island behind that.
The park has an adult exercise gym set up in it!
What every park should not have:
I like the list of things to see:
- A steam donkey [note: this not an actual donkey]
- Big trees
- A railway trestle
- Pet squirrels [you shouldn't actually pet them; they bite]
- Ocean views
- A magnificent forest
As the sign above notes, the trail we walked on was a former logging railway. Powell River still has a pulp and paper mill, and logging is still beating tourism as the number one industry.
Beach and ocean views.
Me on a tree.
Me and Louise on the tree.
L is quite a goofy guy.
|"Look everyone, I'm driving!"|
He's riding in a boomboat, by the way.
We saw cedar trees.
Look waaaaaay up.
Another piece of logging equipment.
This is sort of like a winch.
Look, a squirrel!
Om nom nom, eat the peanut, pose for pictures.
A cedar tree that has another tree growing out of it.
Big tree, ocean view.
Railway trestle bridge, as promised.
Logs, and old equipment.
This is a steam donkey.
Louise standing next to this big drum.
More gnarly roots.
This one was struck by lightning at some point.
The symbol of Canada!
After all that nature, we need a big dose of artificiality - a Sasquatch!
It's a fun little course. I'm always slightly creeped out by the dyed-blue water.
After that, we wandered over to a restaurant where L and I hung out all afternoon with our friend, Kelly. From there, back to get Louise and go out for dinner.
Early to bed, and up to catch the ferry home.
|"I eat your car!"|
I was tired, so I didn't take as many pictures on the way down. But, who is that in the distance?
Could it be...?
It's the Gnome!
The Malahat is a road cut into the side of very steep mountainside. On one side, cliffs straight up.
It's all very Dramatic.
The chain nets to catch falling rocks.
This road is very foggy in colder weather.
We dropped off out stuff as soon as we got home, gave Vizzini some cuddles, and took the car back to the rental office. I had to change. I couldn't be bothered to put make-up on.
|"What? You're going out again? You just got home!"|
- Dress - Dept, thrifted; last worn here in July
- Shoes - Born, consignment; last seen here (4th outfit) last weekend for my grocery shop
|"I am not talking to you, woman!"|
- Belt - vintage 60s, Mom's
- Earrings - as above
I stopped into my favourite second-hand shop in PR, Madrona. I've picked up one or two things there over the years. I scored on this leather skirt - it was only $15.00.
I was about to leave, when I spotted this funky, chunky pearl necklace.
Last night, L and I chilled out and decompressed from our travel by playing a couple of games of "Arkham Horror". We gave Vizzini a new mousey to play with.
|"I might forgive you for going away."|
Finally, he and Mousey rested on the benches.
|"I'm still watching you, though."|
|"I should lay this way."|
|"This is how I always sit."|
This morning, it was bright and sunny again. L and I both took Monday/today off so that we got a full weekend each to relax.
- Cardigan - no label, thrifted; last seen here (maybe?) last August 2015 with plaid
- Dress - Club Monaco, vintage shop; last worn here (2nd outfit) in June for a quick WW meeting
- Shoes - Chie Mihara; last seen here (3rd outfit) last weekend to walk to and from Winesday
Here's how I've worn it, in addition to today:
- As noted, back in June here to do a quick WW meeting.
- September 2015 here, with these same shoe.
- June 2015 here, for getting groceries.
- April 2015 here, again for going to town and shopping.
- Here in August 2014, last time I wore it to work.
- In April 2014 here, to take my mother-in-law shopping.
- Back here in March 2014 with loads of yellow (and this same cardi).
I purchased it for $40 on consignment in a vintage store in March of 2014 on our annual Vancouver trip. At 8 outfits, that's $5.00 per wear, which is not bad. It's always been very low-cut/boobtastic, so I'm okay with letting it go.
- Earrings - gift from L, Venice, Italy
I may have popped into the St. Vincent de Paul after grocery shopping...
And it was only $5.00!
I also checked out the Velvet Crease's new location (their old one is being torn down to build more condos, oh good).
I found this lovely blue polyester ruffled blouse.
The Velvet Crease's old location is their current clearance centre, which is mostly plus-sized clearance clothing, with some clearance consignment. I found this fabulous top.
And olive green rabbit fur trim??
And what about you, my friends? Any adventures?
Don't forget to check out all these fab links:
- "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style
- "I Will Wear What I Like" at Not Dressed As Lamb
- "The Dog Days of Summer" at SpyGirl
Oh I'm glad you kept that dress, it's a lovely print! :)ReplyDelete
Seems like you had a great trip too - I don't know if I'll ever get to visit Canada so it's nice looking at your photos and things you see along the way :)
Thanks, Mica - I'm glad too. It's an usual dress, and useful all year round. What was I thinking!? Happy to show you around my island!Delete
I live to see the Gnome. He's like George Clooney - so unattainable. Love your travel pics and your thrift scores, esp that fab brocade blouse. xoxReplyDelete
I think I would faint if I ever met the Gnome (or George, for that matter!). Thanks, Patti!Delete
Trees, rocks, rusty equipment - yup, that's Canada. Oh, and fields and cows, a few empty-ish beaches. Excellent coverage. I love your photo essay because then I don't have to go myself. The magnificence all comes flooding back. I love the ferry photo because it looks like there's a huge iceberg behind it from the window reflection. Heh. Patti's George Clooney quip - hahaha!! Hot car!ReplyDelete
And great thrift/consignment finds! There's a consignment shop here so snooty they won't even put the sale sign outside or even IN the store because it "doesn't fit with our aesthetic" (I asked). Rrrright. Very hush hush insider. ??!!
Taking an extra day off to rest up was a fantastic idea.
Yup, it's totally Canada. That iceberg is my leg! What kind of consignment store is that snooty? Jeez!Delete
The creepy giant-handed gnome reminds me of a roadside statue I see when we travel south to visit my father-in-law. It's chained to the huge pylon for a gasoline-station sign. I think it was supposed to be Paul Bunyan, but I just call it the Happy Hillbilly -- one arm is raised in a wave to all passersby. I always wave back, on the way down and on the way up.ReplyDelete
Paul Bunyan is as out of place in central North Carolina as is Popeye in British Columbia.
Isn't he awful/wonderful? I need a picture of your crazy statue. And the Popeye stuff is just bizarre.Delete
If my e-mail does not go through, you can view the wonder of his majesty on Facebook, at the Bills Truckstop page. Bill's is in Linwood, NC.Delete
So glad you kept that dress and I think your new lavender jacket will work great with the lavender button down shirt.ReplyDelete
No adventures here, just back from a short trip to Peru.
Actually, the lavenders don't quite work together, plus the blazer is very tailored, and the shirt...not. Peru sounds so exotic!Delete
I think I have caught up! I love these trips with blogging friends - seeing your beautiful part of the world which I hope to visit one of these days. Thanks for sharing your weekend away and for taking me along for the ride. Fabulous! (Is your tattoo offensive???!! or is that a rude question?). Love the lemon cardi and so pleased you both took the extra day off. xxReplyDelete
It is a lovely part of the world - I feel very lucky to live here.Delete
No, my tattoo is not offensive, but I'm sensitive to my mom/mother-in-law's preferences around it. To them, tattoos are not "clean" and have a nasty reputation, so it's just easier for me to cover 'em up when I see them.
your trip to PR is so much fun to read, we do that trip so often that I forget how interesting it is to see it through someone else's eyes.ReplyDelete
Thanks, sweetheart! I know, I used to take it for granted, but we really live in an amazing part of the world.Delete
Just catching up, now that I have a long weekend. Very fun to read/see about your trip. I too hope to get up that way someday!ReplyDelete
I love that Club Monaco silk dress. I am glad you enjoyed it--and I admire your ability to know when to "set free" something you feel done with.
Thanks so much for checking it out, Linda! It's a beautiful part of the world. It's always hard letting go of a dress, but I know it will go to a good home.Delete
Loved this huge post. Great to see that road trip with all it's highlights. Steve would love that forrest with all those winches and tree equipment - he's a tree surgeon so this would be massively interesting. I'm pleased that you kept the multi-coloured dress. It's a great blend of colours, all of which suit you. The other item of note for me is the orange brocade top. And being topped with green fur - brilliant!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Anna! Yes, Steve would go nuts over all this forest we have here. I knew you would love the orange top - we have very similar tastes.Delete
I had a good time reading this big post. Thanks.ReplyDelete
Thank you for reading, Greetje!Delete