Hello, my friends, I'm home! L and I drove up-Island (as we locals call it) and took a ferry to go visit L's mom and brother in Powell River.
Thursday night, getting our stuff together. Vizzini can always tell.
|"This bag must be important - it has pictures of me on it."|
We left him in the good care of Ross and Cat while we were away.
I pack very light when I travel. I wore a variation of this every day.
- Sweater - Jay Jays, thrifted; last worn here (2nd outfit) in October 2019 for Yvonne's closet swapover
- Silver jeans - H&M, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) a couple of weeks ago for brunch
- Shoes - Gabor; last worn here (2nd outfit) in December 2019 while shopping with a friend
- Poncho (below) - Ralph Lauren, thrifted; purchased here for $27.99
- Coat (below) - Danier Leather, consignment; last seen here earlier this week
I was startled to see the Castle's tower wrapped in scaffolding while out doing my stair picture.
Since we would be driving for about 3 hours, plus sitting on a ferry, then sitting around gabbing with friends and family, I dressed appropriately, in very stretchy, comfy clothes.
I sleep in my tees, which are mostly souvenirs from the bands we've seen.
The weather up-Island this time of year can be pretty much anything, so I also brought my acrylic poncho that I thrifted back in October.
With my coat and assorted accoutrements for any kind of weather.
- Toque - gift from Caro
- Wool scarf - thrifted
- Quilted gloves, thrifted, Powell River
I actually thrifted these gloves on a previous trip to PR, a few years ago.
I was also dressed like this at another point.
This is my outfit for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.
- Leather cuff - Guess, thrifted
- Studded cuff - vintage 90s
- Earrings - gift from Lise
So, here* is a map of where British Columbia, Canada is, and here is Vancouver Island (where I live). Victoria - my city - is on the southern tip. Just so you know where we're going.
*all links 'cause I love
|Coming up to Goldstream Provincial Park - note all the trees covered in moss.|
L and I haven't had a car for over 3 years, so we rented a nice little SUV for the ~225km drive each way.
It was cloudy, rainy, windy and sunny. You're going to see it all.
|Gaining elevation as we hit the clouds on the Malahat Drive.|
I was impressed that my new little camera took such good pictures as we zoomed along.
|Looking south - on a clear day, you'd see mountains with Victoria in the distance.|
We just drive until we're at the ferry, no stops. It's about a 2.5-3 hour drive, depending on the weather and traffic.
|The Malahat Summit - that's the Saanich Peninsula across the water.|
We spotted several rainbows on our way up.
|We are driving on the Island Highway - most of it has dividers to separate oncoming traffic.|
The Island is full of fertile pockets with dairy farms and other kinds of produce-growing areas; we passed a hazelnut farm and tons of wineries.
|Sunny as we approach Duncan.|
There are many rivers on the Island, and many bridges. I'm fond of these old steel ones.
|North of Duncan.|
|Very light traffic - in the summer, this is packed.|
Passing the Nanaimo airport.
|That's the biggest plane they can handle - it's a tiny airport.|
North of Nanaimo is a long stretch of two-lane highway both ways.
|So glad we didn't encounter any logging trucks, like that one on the left! Scary!|
And as we approached the Comox Valley...another rainbow!
|No elk, though. I have never seen an elk on this road.|
But wait, how about some more rain first? I'm so glad L is a good driver.
|Driving at 110 km/hr (about 70mph) is terrifying when it's stormy or snowing.|
Many parts of Vancouver Island are nothing but trees, mountains and wildlife.
|There are lots of hawks and bald eagles, like this guy.|
After a quick stop in Courtenay for Subway for a late lunch, we made it to the ferry with plenty of time to spare.
|Our snazzy little car.|
I got out and stretched my legs, and found a map of the last leg of our trip: the ferry to Powell River.
|It's about 1.5 hours to get there.|
I strolled on the beach for a bit, taking pictures.
|The sand was wet from the rain.|
There's our ferry waiting for us, the Salish Eagle.
|This is a new ferry, just put on the route a couple of years ago.|
I zoomed in on these ducks.
|I don't know what kind they are.|
I know this is a loon, though.
|Just like on the dollar coin, the "Loonie."|
Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Comox is very nearby - planes were going overhead every few minutes.
There was a lot of kelp and seaweed on the beach due to all the stormy weather.
|I like the pale green inside that shell.|
I love standing at the edge of the ocean.
|Especially in groovy shoes.|
Oops, better get back to the car!
|The ferry only runs 3 times a day, wouldn't want to miss it!|
We were almost first on.
|I always find driving on the ferry very exciting!|
I went for a stroll around the decks, since it was sunny by then.
|"This is Sheila, your roving reporter, and it's VERY WINDY out here!"|
Looking back at the Island.
|We call that sea a "light chop."|
Only a few other brave souls dared to go outside.
|It was too cold to sit on a bench!|
Looking down at the cars - that's us on the right in front.
|We were first off! Woo! #ferrygoals|
I see Powell River in the distance!
|That's the Sunshine Coast, the mainland of BC.|
|That "shield" is down during the sailing, and lifted so that we can drive off.|
I love the colours in this picture - it looks like a painting to me.
|That's the ferry dock pilings, along the bottom, leading to the actual dock on the left.|
By the time we checked into our hotel it was evening. We met up with L's former coworker and friend Mark for some drinks. After that, we met up with our dear friend Kelly for dinner. Great to see them both!
On Saturday, we went to L's mom's place to see her and L's brother.
Same outfit as the drive up, but a different sweater.
- Sweater - J. Crew, thrifted; last worn here in December 2019 with pink and flowers
As the family settled in for a long day of hanging out and catching up, I headed out for some Mental Health time: a good long walk and a visit to some of PR's second-hand stores.
My first stop was the Salvation Army. We have a Sally Ann in Victoria, but I don't go to the one downtown (icky) so I had low expectations.
I was thrilled to find a wonderfully bright clean store, filled with amazing finds, starting with this incredible dress.
Ooh, the splits on the sides are lined with hot pink satin!
Look at that amazing detail.
But this isn't a traditional cheongsam (which I do see a lot of in thrift stores); it's got a zipper!
There's a black button at the top of the zipper - that's a nice detail.
But wait...it's not just a dress. There's a matching jacket!
Pink satin lining.
More frogs and more black buttons down the front.
This is by Sue Wong and for something that's a size M and not an actual size, I was amazed at the perfect fit of it. I've never heard of Sue Wong before (here's her bio, drool over the dresses in her gallery here), but she seems to specialize in fancy clothes, since the 80s.
I hemmed and hawed over this black beaded viscose/polyester dress.
Look at that gorgeous iridescent beading!
Bugle beads all down the back slit, which is nice and high for striding about.
My dear mother-in-law had also just given L and I our Christmas gifts - cash - so I wasn't going to quibble. I bought a couple of things I might not have otherwise, since it wasn't my money.
It has a really high walking slit. I like that!
I think this is handmade - there are no tags or evidence of tags.
I also bit on this floral blouse.
It's only by Suzy Shier, a Canadian mall chain.
I don't usually buy unpackaged tights, but these did not look worn.
That was my trip to the Salvation Army - I left with a big bag stuffed with my goodies, and ventured down to Marine Ave.
I very rarely shop retail, but Powell River's independent boutiques are up against the behemoth of online shopping too (just like Victoria's), so I'm happy to poke around and see if there is something that speaks to me.
I love the grey and white stripes.
I love this print.
It's by Guess and was marked down to $53.00 from $89.00.
Yup, Pringle - I have a belt by them (pic here)!
I spotted this cuff in a cabinet and asked to look at it.
This is lock for the hinge. You push that down to open it.
The etching overlaps at the hinge (there's also a small dent there on the right). The bracelet is hollow.
I spent a bunch of time in one consignment store, but only came away with this faux fur hat.
It's called the Cossack Hat and it's by M&S Collection. Looks like it retailed for around $45.00, so score!
We were up early for the first ferry back to the Island on Sunday morning.
|We're off the ferry and headed back through the Comox Valley.|
I don't take as many shots going down-Island, as we're both pretty exhausted and just ready to be home. Three more hours of driving...
|The open stretch, headed for Nanaimo.|
Before we knew it, we were back at the top of the Malahat.
Thanks to my wonderful driver! Ready to be home, love?
We were greeted by our ecstatic kitty.
|"You know where my treats are, Woman."|
I have it on good authority that Ross and Cat spoiled him.
|"Okay, a bit of scritching is most welcome."|
L and I both spent Monday relaxing and decompressing from our long trip. It's great to have the extra day!
Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!