Instead I drove into Parksville and checked out the are where I think I may want to live.
This photo is a total fluke! He (she?) was standing in a pool of water in a small inlet. Perhaps the tide was going out. But somehow I managed to snap the photo just as the bird lifted off and caught the mirror image in the water. If only my zoom on my camera was better!
Back at the resort, and after our morning coffee, the three of us decided to head into Nanaimo for the day. It's about a 45 minute drive from Parksville. We went down to the marina and walked along the boardwalk, looking down to the rocks looking for starfish. AND we found them!
This is one of the two times I'm going to share what a Prairie girl I am. I've never seen purple and orange starfish before!
We walked along the marina to the float plane dock. This one stayed at the dock while we were there but another aircraft took off and landed several times.
I don't think I've ever mentioned that when I left highschool I went to work for an air charter service in Northern Saskatchewan as a bookkeeper and dispatcher. From that experience I believe this is a DeHavilland Beaver...but I could be wrong!
We continued our walk along the boardwalk to a pier where a number of people were out fishing and crabbing. I left B and G at the top of the pier (she rides a scooter) and headed down to see what I could see. I was so surprised to see someone had let the dog go swimming where so many people were fishing.
Just as we were arriving at the restaurant we saw this yacht pulling in. The name on the ship (boat?) was After Eight so B quickly googled to find out who owned it! Turned out to be the owner of several car dealerships.
After a late lunch we drove through a few neighbourhoods in Nanaimo on our way back to the resort.
This little deer and her/his mother were making themselves at home in this yard. Mom was busily helping herself to a snack of foliage, while the youngster appeared to be headed to the flower bed.
As we drove back, we realized a storm had passed through so we stuck to the main highway, rather than the scenic ocean route. It turned out to be a good idea, even though we had a near miss when two vehicles hydroplaned and crashed into one another just a few hundred meters ahead of us. Luckily G is a good driver!
Unfortunately there was flash flooding in Parksville, though thankfully there was little damage. We could still see the lightening storm to the north and east of us as we drove the rest of the way home. Apparently lightening storms on the island are unusual.
It was sad to head back to my motel room to start packing. The time I spent on the island, and the experiences I had - thanks to my wonderful tour guides, B and G, have firmed my resolve that this is where I want to live when I retire. To be certain I'll try to get out there again every year at different times so I can experience the truly wet weather...but the next 5 1/2 years will be all about making it happen!
Have a great day everyone!