Sunday, August 06, 2006

life's a beach

Busy, busy, busy. It's tough being a tourist in your own town!

I thought I'd slap up an entry since we're leaving this morning for a week on the lake in Osoyoos in south central B.C. I'll be completely offline until the 13th.

I just love being near the ocean again, and we've been taking advantage of the great weather. It's not nearly as hot as it was when we arrived, so sightseeing is a pleasure, even if I've seen most of the sights before.

Lighthouse Park is about a 5 minute drive from my parents place. It gets its name from the Point Atkinson Lighthouse one of Vancouver's three lighthouses.



The park is 75-hectares (185 acres) and remains largely undisturbed, giving visitors a chance to experience the unique flora and fauna, such as the Arbutus, or Pacific Madrone, as it is sometimes known. The Arbutus (which grows right down to California) is Canada's only broad-leafed evergreen and has a lovely thin reddish bark which peels off in large pieces. Unfortunately a number of these trees are being attacked by a defoliating fungus at the moment and many have already died.



Some of the trails in the park lead to a magificent view of the Pacific Ocean.




Horseshoe Bay
was on the agenda this week as well. B.C. Ferries sail from the bay to Vancouver Island, Bowen Island, the Sunshine Coast and points beyond and it's a popular tourist spot in the summertime.





We also took a trip to the Sunshine Coast, only accessible by sea or air, to visit Mr. M's aunt and uncle who bought a house there last September. Due to serious organizational issues on their side, things didn't work out quite as planned and although we did end up seeing their house, we only saw them for about 20 minutes. We did however, get to enjoy the Sunshine Coast and visited Gibsons Landing , a charming seaside village, and Molly's Reach, made famous by the popular CBC series The Beachcombers.








Much closer to home we've been enjoying the sunshine at Caulfield Beach, where I spent many a summer's day as a child.



Don't worry, I'll be back!

20 Comments:

At August 06, 2006 4:45 PM, Blogger Maribeth said...

Oh it looks so beautiful! It mst be wonderful to be home again! Enjoy!!!

 
At August 06, 2006 6:17 PM, Blogger Katja said...

You sound so happy to be home again! Have fun!

 
At August 06, 2006 7:31 PM, Anonymous lillian said...

looks wonderful!keep enjoying it :-)

 
At August 06, 2006 8:58 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

OMG! The Beachcombers! I used to watch that as a kid. I'm getting tears in my eyes, athough I don't knoe the west coast, but I do miss Home. Thanks for the beautiful picts and the memories.

 
At August 06, 2006 9:36 PM, Blogger Haddock said...

It must be great to be by the ocean again. Keep on enjoying yourself and having a good time :)

 
At August 07, 2006 3:03 PM, Blogger swissmiss said...

Sounds like you're having a great time. Are your knees green?

 
At August 07, 2006 4:55 PM, Blogger Betty said...

Ooops. I left a message but it didn't show up. Your pictures are .. as always .. so beautiful. Is it you OR do you only go places that look like travel magazine spreads?

 
At August 07, 2006 9:05 PM, Blogger Betsy said...

Wow! What beautiful scenery! Enjoy your week away!

 
At August 07, 2006 11:57 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

I believe you're in one of the prettiest places I've ever seen!

 
At August 08, 2006 3:14 AM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Yes, yes and yes!!!I'm quite sure your life these days is one big YES! So wonderful to see where you are...and where we'll be in a couple months (but without you, sad to say). You're whetting my appetite!

 
At August 08, 2006 3:16 AM, Blogger hexe said...

What lovely pictures. Have a wonderful time and enjoy your home :)

 
At August 08, 2006 4:23 AM, Blogger traveller one said...

Really gorgeous photos!
(BTW my word verification for this cooment is SEAVA- is that like Sea Vancouver???-- LOL)

 
At August 08, 2006 10:46 AM, Blogger mar said...

Wonderful, how can you get away from that place?????

 
At August 10, 2006 1:46 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

the pics are incredible. These photos really make me want to drive 15 mins and take those types of pics...

I'm sure you're making a few other jealous of your endevors. At least you are relaxing and enjoying yourself much.

:)

And wouldn't you know it, the weather cooled down for Christina's visit to Osyoos too!

 
At August 11, 2006 11:55 PM, Blogger GC PHILO said...

Wow, that natural park looks incredible. Great pics! I'll have to remember to put it on my to do list.

 
At August 12, 2006 12:54 PM, Blogger Sigrun said...

Hi, das sind alles wunderbare Fotos! Ich beneide dich richtig um diesen Trip!

Sigrun

 
At August 12, 2006 10:06 PM, Blogger Sparky said...

Seems like a great vacation... and you are a fabu photographer! Hope to hear from you soon - make it back in time for Jen's birthday party!

- Sparky

 
At August 13, 2006 11:49 AM, Blogger Berlinbound said...

Hope you are having a terrific time back home ... I'm returning to DE next week!

 
At August 15, 2006 4:34 AM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Would you believe who I saw today at that grocery store next to Starbucks with boy 13 walking into the entrance at 4pm???

You!!! Ok - I wanted to honk but felt so funny doing it. I was with girl 12 who had come back from sailing and wanted Starbucks.

 
At August 15, 2006 6:10 PM, Blogger Tim Rice said...

The places you are spending your time at look so beautiful. I especially liked Lighthouse Park but all the all the other places sound great, too. Thanks for sharing it with us.

 

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