10/15: Our drive to Kyle & Megan’s. This photo is a good recap of the drive, rainy and trafficy
So wonderful to see Kyle again. Wonder what shenanigans they are cooking up.
The day view, the night view
The cheers view!
10/16: This is a very hilly area, our walk mostly down brings up to a road, look up – there’s their home. 2nd photo with Allan’s big zoom. Took us 1/2 hour to get here walk back all uphill. Perhaps we should call for a pick up.
10/17: It’s turkey day!
Out it comes!
The left overs! Can’t wait for turkey sandwiches tomorrow
Today we move to our Winter resort in Ladysmith about 1-1/4h from Kyle & Megan’s. I feel like this will be the winter of Euchre and hot tubbing!
Although we were warned we likely will not be able to get into our site till 2, Carol, the admin, said we could wait in a queue. We decide it doesn’t much matter where we wait so we leave Surfside at 1040. Stop for our last diesel fill at a station. It’s a little tight so we didn’t hook Bob up. I’ll drive him. Race you, Allan!!
There are no, easy access, diesel stations we’ve found near our destination. Bailey doesn’t have snow tires and they are mandatory. All not in our favour as we use diesel for heat and shower water. We have a plan! We will buy 2 fuel cans and add to Bailey’s tank once a week-ish.
We arrive at 1151, yahoo!! First in line.
Our welcoming committee!!
We thought, most would have left yesterday after the long weekend. Allan goes in, sure enough our site is ready; site 51 🙂
Mostly set up! Davy and the carpet will come out if the rain ever stops!
Our firewood arrives! 2 recycle boxes of wood – $10 each
We said we’d embrase the rain, off we go for a stroll around the park. It’s a little fishing hole, catch and release
Trail to the creek
A walking trail, will explore this one another day
Hummmm, when’s salmon spawning? Wish they’d date this flyers
Crepini egg wrap, topped with mashed cauliflower, breakfast sausage, eggs & cheese. Keto friendly, delicious and likely never to be had again!!
Outing #1 – Our friend, Mags, suggested we visit a mural in Parksdale. She sent us the link, Canada 150 Mosiac Communities in each province and territory across Canada will create sections of the overall mural that will connect Canada through art. Every participating city or town will create a section of the mural made up of 400-750 individual tiles that symbolizes their community. Full story click here We tried and failed to find it yesterday. I emailed both the town and the Canada 150 folks. Phil, from Canada Mosiac quickly responded the mural was in City Hall.
Here it is! A true work of art and community
Proof we did find it, this time 🙂
Next we walk to Mount Arrowhead Brewing Co. Sadly, no amber beer but we are good sports and have a their Arrowhead Blonde, not our favourite but OK on a sunny day.
Next up! A walk to the boardwalk we can see from Bailey. Surprised we haven’t been yet but it has been pretty windy.
Back in the park we see our local deer
The road behind Bailey, ducks like the pond.
Then the sunset. Not spectacular but OK, The street light lines the boardwalk we walked earlier.
Packing up in the rain isn’t so much fun. Fortunately, because we had to change sites yesterday most of it was already packed. Notice the logs blocking off the entrance. We were told we could go back to our initial site. Not so easy!
The drive between the 2 campgrounds is only 7 minutes. We take the scenic route making it more like an hour cause our tanks are messed and could use some agitation.
This poor guy isn’t having a good day. Hope they are OK
Riverbend Cottage & RV Resort we are here for 5 days. Then off to another Parksville resort, then on to Cassidy for our new Winter home. BC has a 6 month then you are a tenant rule with all the tenant benefits so parks do not allow, a more than 6 month stay.
The park has beach access, too bad it’s not a heated beach
Debbie, Dodger (17 years old) and Donnie and Lucy make it to the park! So nice to hang with them, wish we were spending the Winter.
10/03 – It’s a goat 🐐 kind of day!
One of the neighbouring stores, Coombstock! Coombaya The Hippie Store. Tie-dye clothes, unique and groovy men and women’s clothing. Awesome store and owner!
10/04: We didn’t learn till last night that a tree cutting service is coming to remove some dead trees. We can stay in our sites, just move up 15′-(that would block the road) not comfortable with that. There is an empty site almost directly in from of us, we get permission and move there. Donnie & Debbie are not so lucky, they are asked to park on the side of the road. Tree guys are coming at 8, will be done by 4 and we can return to our sites.
They didn’t show 851a, doesn’t sound bad but we are all thinking they aren’t coming at all.
A little cramped in this spot
These guys are fearless! The branches are removed from the 2 trees.
Allan, Donnie & Lucy watching the show
The 2 arborists
The fallen tree, when it landed it sounded like a clap of thunder! 2 more to come down
Moving the logs
Guess they have a 3 tree limit, they were supposed to be here till 4ish, but are goine by 230p
The Man, The Stump!!
10/05 – It poured all night, really poured, it’s still pouring, we were surprised to see the crew back