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Four days on ‘The Island’ —- The Salish Sea

29 May


i write the songs

The morning regimen:

Hardtack and a few berries.

On the way to the Aquarium …

… I spot an old Seadog.

Quickly I don my Snake Plissken eyepatch
and Capn’ Hook mustache for a photo op!!

We finally make to the Aquarium.

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

The entrance is impressive.  Reminds me of the
Nautilus submarine from Walt Disney’s version of
Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)!
One of my favorite movies!

The Salish Sea covers quite an area. 

The Aquarium is quite small really – by Aquarium standards. I’ve been
in some huge ones – like in Vancouver or Monterey. But it has a
lot of features aimed at children.

Octopus on the glass.

There be whales here.

3 old dogs downtown. 

Four days on the ‘Island’ … Day 1 continued

15 May


Odetta

Rose wants to check out a nearby Aquarium called Centre for the Salish Sea over in Sydney.

Hmmmm … better check the map …

Fortunately, we are easily distracted and we spot a Fish Market on the Dock.

Better check that out.

Sign of the times: “No Drone Zone”.

Beside the Fish Market is a place called The Pier Bistro

The Pier Bistro is a sweet place.

Cozy I tell ya.

By a fish market? Betcha they got good Fish and Chips here.

Yep.

The view.

NO SMOKING” sign on the dock.
Just curious – where exactly CAN you smoke these days?

Next: The Aquarium

Four days on the ‘Island’ … Day 1

11 May

I hope this travel stuff isn’t boring for you. I’ll get back to The Old West right away.

Rose got this notion to treat her mother to a nice little holiday – a 4 day mini-holiday to Vancouver Island. Her mother unfortunately injured her leg and wasn’t able to come. But everything was already been booked. So Rose and I went off alone.
Our destination: Saanich Peninsula, Vancouver Island – North of Victoria.

Saanich Peninsula – just above Victoria

Our first destination was our digs called Heathwood.

Rose had some plans. For myself this would be sort a Magical Mystery Tour – not knowing (or caring) where we were going to go. It’s all good to me.

Heathwood

Our first destination was our digs: Heathwood – a nice place in the Country – kind of a Bed without Breakfast.

I’ve heard people say that they are waiting till they Retire to go travelling.
Don’t wait. Travelling gets tougher as you get older. Things you did easily when you were young now become very difficult – sometimes impossible. Lifting, hiking, carrying bags, heat, humidity … many things. Do it now.

Vancouver Island really is a kind of mini-Paradise. You can see why Rose figured her Mother would like it. It was a great disappointment that her Mother couldn’t make it.

Not bad for a cowboy eh?

From the front balcony you can actually see the Olympic Mountains in Washington USA across the inlet. They are barely visible back in those clouds though.

Unofficial Greeter

The Garden

Could have posted a hundred shots here …

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