yesterday Dave and i went a little hike. well, a long hike. in total we walked over 20km. we started out in cape spear, the (disputed) most easterly point in north america and hiked north back to st john’s along the east coast trail. aside for some irritating moments where the trail was poorly marked, it was a great adventure.
there are many photos, so i will break them up into sections related to the hike.
cape spear – blackhead
we played in some of the WWII-era tunnels at cape spear before heading off. Shortly after leaving cape spear we noticed some whales breaching. we expect they were humpbacks. Mostly we saw explosions of water and heard the ‘slap’ of their fall back to the water. it was magic. we continued out hike to the small fishing community of blackhead
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It’s been a couple of months since I added another knitting primate item. This past weekend I banished my procrastination to the curb and finally finalized my latest pattern, the study in texture shawl. It is a triangular shawl constructed with multiple bands of variously textured stitches. The pattern calls for a lovely soft llama wool; I also recommend using alpaca or merino. The differently textured bands give visual appeal and interest (or at least I hope :]). It also features cable rope edging which lends a unique aspect to the shawl.
It’s a fairly easy to knit pattern. Once you establish the rhythm of the cables and the increases that give the shawl its triangular shape, it’s just a matter of switching between the various textured stitches. Some will be familiar, others maybe a little new but all easy enough to follow after you repeat the stitch pattern once or twice.
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the reason we went to tofino is because i wanted to explore clayoquot sound, which is a beautiful, diverse, and endangered ecosystem. it was home to anti-logging protests back in the 80s.
it was on the top of my list of places i wanted to see in the world. We booked a 6 hour kayak tour called ‘clayoquot explorer’ because i wanted to spend as much time paddling through the sound as possible.
the tour was not aptly named. we basically paddled out to the very edge of the sound along the pacific ocean. it was nice in its own right, but not at all what i wanted. the next day we went into the sound and hiked up a mountain though, so that made up for the disappointment. those photos are to come
we collected a bunch of these to varnish and display… they didn’t survive the trip back to the mainland.
we pulled up onto vargas island to eat lunch. if you looked out from the inlet you were looking out to the open pacific ocean
it’s christmas… it’s about time i finished editing and posting the photos from my summer vacations…
dipping my toes for the first time into the pacific ocean.
dave joining in on the fun
dave will LOVE that i posted these
i may look terrible, but this shot of dave simply had to go up
rather than go swimming i waded out to take sunset shots
a woke up early one morning to capture the sunrise. i chose the only gray morning. i am still pleased how well they turned out though
it makes me think of harry potter for some reason
plus there was a bald eagle in a tree on the beach. we hung out. way better than sleeping in.
it quickly became the trip tradition to go down to the beach in the evening
we found him in a tidal pool
rather than leave him alone
we put him on the sand
so i could take excessive numbers of photos of him. then we put him back in him pool
even though you cut up my hands that one time, i still love you barnacles
it was novel, what can i say.
dave drew a picture of me in the sand
and of a squid
and of his real true love
all washed up
i can’t recall this persons name now, but we ended up chatting for a while. he is a photography based out a toronto.
after an hour or lesson and a couple litres of ocean water up my nose, i finally got up on the surfboard for more than 3 seconds. I swear I only brained one child.
posting this morning inspired me to continue… i don’t need to pay attention to class anyway right… ahem.
These are photos from our morning in Ucluelet… again I highly recommend visiting this town!
there were so many eagles on the island. we figured this one was either a young bald eagle or a golden eagle
a closer shot
this frog was no bigger than the size of my pinky finger. it made me smile. i think it is a pacific tree frog
dave meditating on the beauty
I obviously liked these guys. so much interesting texture
sea star having a meal
taking a stroll on the wild pacific trail in ucluelet. the fog horn sounded while we sat and ate lunch and we watched the fog roll in.
… it’s been too long. our trip feels like so long ago sometimes i forget i was there… here are some photos to remind me. These are from Ucluelet on the very west coast of Vancouver Island next to the Pacific Rim National Park. It was, I think, the most beautiful place we went to. Amazing coast line I could have explored for days and days. Unfortunately we were only there for one night.
It is in a different format that usual because it is faster to post this way. Just click on one of the photos and then you can scroll through the gallery
within our first 10 minutes of exploring ucluelet, we were walking down the street and two deer emerge out of a stand of trees immediately beside us. It was quite an introduction to the town! I am certainly glad it wasn’t a bear
the male deer was limping due to an injured back leg. I really hope he healed up okay
there is something about shored boats that captivates me
a stellar’s jay. jim, this one is for you
lots of giant slugs on the path. unfortunately many of them squished
the sign reads ‘lead based paint’
the photos simply do not capture the absolute beauty of this area
the silhouettes of these trees (sitkas and douglas firs i believe) kept me in joy all trip
a delicious (and expensive) meal at Norwoods (www.norwoods.ca)
our Ucluelet B&B