Monday, April 13, 2009


I had a lovely long weekend, and I hope you did, too!

My road trip to the west coast with Julie was perfect. The rain held off, mostly, and we even saw the sun a few times! I might need to show you in two installments, because we took a LOT of pictures. First stop, the Esquimalt lagoon...

... and then on to the parking lot of the William Head Penitentiary, which is apparently the closest you can drive to Rack Rocks Lightstation.

By the time we got back to Sooke Road, we had already decided not to go Port Renfrew, but that was okay!

I knew there was a house en route that I really wanted to take a closer look at, so we found it, and we did. The whole house is built down in a bit of a ravine, so all you see from the higway is the roof ... but what a roof it is.

Lunch was at a great restaurant overlooking Coopers Cove:

Next stop, Jordan River, famous the world over for its surfing qualities (the waves come all the way from Japan, pretty much) but there was no chance of surfing that day... much too calm!

On our way back toward Sooke, we took a side road into what was supposed to be a little bay, and discovered two things. First of all, there was a huge waterfront development we've never heard about going on, with what looked like probably over 100 home sites started.

But more importantly (for me, personally), we found the Sheringham Point lighthouse!

Here's Julie making her way back up the hill from the lighthouse:

We stayed at the Ocean Wilderness Inn, which was a delight! Here's the view from our bedroom window:

And a small part of the gardens...

(This was also the path to the hot tub, in a gazebo off to the left, which we took at about 9 pm, in the dark, in those great big over-sized white bath robes. We were both too tired, and the hot tub was too hot, to stay in long, but it was a lovely experience, anyway!)

And then there were steps down to the B & B's private beach:

More tomorrow, I'm going with Jason to drop Joshua off at the train (to go home to Parksville) shortly, and then out for breakfast with Jason and Hailey, who is here from Whistler for Easter. I'm at Knotty by Nature today as usual, and then going over to Mischa's for our family Easter dinner (not orchestrated, organized, controlled or cooked by ME .... yay!!)


Crafty Gardener said...

Interesting you stopped at Jordan River, our daughter and partner were going camping there this weekend. They had also been to the lagoon before leaving. Sounds like a wonderful road trip.

Anonymous said...

What a delightful trip. Wish I were there!

Anonymous said...

You live in a very beautiful part of the world. We've been to the island a few times now and always love it.