It’s been a rather hectic few months, so Joan and I decided to pack up the RV, grab the dogs and head out for a little R & R. We left Victoria and headed for Tofino and Long Beach. It’s been several years since we were last there, and we thoroughly enjoyed our last visit. For one of the first times we remember, we left for vacation in the pouring rain. Stopped in Coombs for lunch makings and then pulled off the road in Cathedral Grove for lunch. One of the advantages of having your kitchen along with you. Enjoyed lunch, took the dogs for a stroll through the trees and snapped a few photos. A very civilized lunch break, to say the least.
Highway 4 from Port Alberni to Tofino, although very scenic, is very narrow and one certainly can’t set any speed records, especially pulling a 29′ fifth wheel. However…that isn’t to say one can’t find a spot to pull over for the odd photo.
Arrived at the beautiful Crystal Cove Resort and it is every bit as nice as we remember. http://www.crystalcovebeachresort.com/ Expensive per night but when you realize it’s free WiFi at your site, free firewood, free DVD movies if the weather turns lousy, a short walk to the beach and mere minutes from Tofino if you get the urge to go our for dinner …how can one complain?
We headed out to a Rainforest Walk in the park. It’s a 1.2 km hike through the rainforest, entirely on a wooden boardwalk. Very cool and pretty incredible.
Took a drive along Long Beach with stops at Radar Hill and Incinerator Rock. Took some time to fly kites in the heavy fog at Chesterman Beach.
A few more shots of the resort.
Note the extra seat at each end
A day trip into “Downtown Tofino”…I think it’s all of about 2 km.
A shot across the water from Tofino
Hauling nets on the dock
I did a Bear Watching trip with http://www.whalesafaris.com/
Keep in mind if you do any tours in Tofino. Sometimes it rains there, in case you didn’t know. You will be thankful and delighted to know this company has vessels where the guests sit, UNDER COVER!! You don’t have to sit out in the rain in a Zodiac, which can be very nice …when it’s not raining.
Left the Long Beach area and headed for the Campbell River area.
We spent a fabulous weekend at Rock Bay, which is beautiful piece on Vancouver Island. My sister-in-law Carol and her fiance Chistian, invited us to Rock Bay. It was the first time we had been there and it was truely beautiful. I hope the following few photos convey a bit of the flavour of Rock Bay.
To be continued….