Victoria and meeting old friends
More catch up…to January 9th 2018
We parked at Fort Victoria RV park, a compromise so that we could access downtown Victoria by bus. Having lived in the core of a city, we’ve always found it easier to park somewhere and take the bus into town. Back in Canada, we had the MiFi with Internet!!! We watched the various countdowns for New Years Eve on CBC.
Found this sign…
We rode our bicycles into Victoria along the Galloping Goose trail; a well maintained bicycle path all the way to the core. My commuter bicycle wasn’t working out so well in our RV life. We rode our bicycles into town and went to the Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC).
A new mountain bike with big fat tires made it back to the trailer. The folks at MEC were kind enough to store the old bike until I could retrieve it.
A hike around Thetis Lake had been suggested and it turned out to be a great day for it. I took the bus into town after, picked up the bicycle at MEC and rode back to the trailer park.
There was a thin layer of ice on the lake.
We loved the sublimation from this log.
The old bicycle needed a new home. We visited Kevin, a friend I had not seen for 27 years, in Sooke and he welcomed the bicycle.
Great! We loaded up the truck and drove out to the visitor centre where we saw the cross section of a great big tree as well as some of the fabulous sculptures that Kevin makes…we had to sneak back to buy one. It was great to catch up with Kevin.
He has a beautiful dog named Baxter.
His rural home is large and beautiful…he is a happy person.
We went to Whiffin Spit Park for a short hike and he also showed us the hotel that helped start him on the cement sculptures. Such a beautiful town. We also did a a couple of trips to Potholes Provincial Park.
While in Victoria, another friend Mary, was having her first solo art show at the Xchanges Gallery.
We took the bus in and walked around the harbour and through the Empress Hotel. We passed the James Cook statue at the harbour.
We left for Nanaimo and found a gem of a campground.