Ucluelet and Tofino, BC, Canada 8/19/2013

AUGUST 19, 2013 (Monday)

 

We set the alarm for 7:15 AM so we could be on the road to Tofino and Ucluelet by 8 AM, but Dylan (Bonnie’s cat) cried for over an hour last night. Michael and I agreed we’d get up at 8 AM and be on the road by 9 AM, which we did.

We drove to the Old Country Market in Coombs and had lunch. It was kind of fun eating lunch in the deli portion of the market, knowing that the goats were up above us having their lunch too. The market was fun to go inside and see all the different things they have – goat-radish (like horseradish), goat coffee, chocolate bars, etc.

Sign at the Old Country Market.

Sign at the Old Country Market.

There are signs asking everyone not to feed the goats.

There are signs asking everyone not to feed the goats.

Roof Goats!

Roof goats!

Roof of store, goat on left.

Roof of store, goat on left.

Inside the old country store.  It is full of tourist items galore, and a supermarket.

Inside the Old Country Store. It is full of tourist items galore, and a supermarket.

Inside the old country store.

Inside the Old Country Store.

Edie wanted a Bee Sting so bad, but she held strong.

Edie wanted a Bee Sting so bad, but she held strong.

After lunch we were off to Ucluelet. The road was very curvy and you could see where chunks of the road had been replaced. Not sure if the missing parts of the road were due to earthquakes or road slides. It was a challenge at times to try to avoid the big potholes and chunks. Once we got to Ucluelet, we drove down to the end of the road and walked to the lighthouse. What a beautiful view. Reminded me somewhat of the Big Sur, Pebble Beach area, down to the lone cypress, in California. Loved it.

The road to Tofino, Lots of curves, dips, cars, buses, and scenery.

The road to Tofino, Lots of curves, dips, cars, buses, and scenery.

Our life in a Prius on the road.

Our life in a Prius on the road.

Still spots of snow in August.

Still spots of snow in August.

Sensory overload takes over at some point and you say, "Oh look, another gorgeous water, tree, sky, cloud scene."

Sensory overload takes over at some point and you say, “Oh look, another gorgeous water, tree, sky, cloud scene.”

Town sign.

Town sign.

Maybe whale bones, I don't know.

Maybe whale bones, I don’t know.

Lighthouse at end of Ucluelet, complete with tide pools and tourist.

Lighthouse at end of Ucluelet, complete with tide pools and tourist.

Islands, Edie's favorite aspect of the West Coast.

Islands, Edie’s favorite aspect of the West Coast.

Just a pretty place.

Just a pretty place.

 

Just a pretty place 2.

Just a pretty place 2.

Pretty 3.

Pretty 3.

At the very tip on the Navigation Screen.

At the very tip on the navigation screen.

Town, wilderness, mountains, and clouds with blue sky.

Town, wilderness, mountains, and clouds with blue sky.

Driftwood Octopus!

Driftwood octopus!

Next we drove to Tofino. I think I was surprised that you could not easily access the beaches.

Tofino Wharf.

Tofino wharf.

Like this one of the flag with the clouds in back.

Like this one of the flag with the clouds in back.

Nice church.

Nice church.

Tofino sign.

Tofino sign.

So much incredible wood art everywhere.

So much incredible wood art everywhere.

Islands.

Islands.

We went exploring. We saw the beach area near the Best Western. Loved seeing all the little islands out in the water. Reminded me of what I’ve seen in movies of Thailand. Beautiful. Lots of people out in the water.  The weather was perfect all day.

Beach in back of the Best Western.

Beach in back of the Best Western.

 

Beach and islands.

Beach and islands.

 

Totem with snake on the side, "red and yellow kill a fellow, red and black, venom lack."

Totem with snake on the side, “red and yellow kill a fellow, red and black, venom lack.”

Saw lots of paddle boarders.  Water must be a little more warm than freezing.

Saw lots of paddle boarders. Water must be a little more warm than freezing.

We had been told on the night of Victoria Splash, by Anna, Thorne, and Donna, that we should have a meal at the Wickaninnish Inn. Michael and I got there around 3 PM so we thought we might be able to afford a dessert. Just barely were we able to afford it but it was so beautiful just to sit, eat the delicious food, and look out onto this stunning scenery. Saw Long Beach we think. The dessert was around $30.00 CAN. Glad we did it but glad it was a one time thing.

Sign at a really nice place, bring your wallet, and some extra cash!  If you have to ask...you can't afford it.

Sign at a really nice place, bring your wallet, and some extra cash! If you have to ask…you can’t afford it.

 

Gonna try to email this one to CBS Sunday Morning.

Gonna try to email this one to CBS Sunday Morning.

 

Grumpy old man coming into restaurant.

Grumpy old man coming into restaurant.

 

Fun mask with copper wall covering.

Fun mask with copper wall covering.

 

Waves and islands.

Waves and islands.

Copper hanging depicting kelp and fish.

Copper hanging depicting kelp and fish.

View from the restaurant.

View from the restaurant.

Fruit, baked oatmeal and ice cream. A+++ Edie's pick and she won.

Fruit, baked oatmeal and ice cream. A+++ Edie’s pick and she won.

Berry mouse, covered in Chocolate sauce with sour cream ice cream.  Solid B.  Ate it but wanted Edie's after she gave me a bite.

Berry mousse, covered in chocolate sauce with sour cream ice cream. Solid B. Ate it but wanted Edie’s after she gave me a bite.

There was copper art and mobiles throughout the property.

There was copper art and mobiles throughout the property.

Copper Mobile

Copper mobile

We went to Chesterman Beach. That was an adventure. We parked in the parking area for Chesterman Beach, then we walked down this long, dark jungle type path that opened up right onto the beach. Fun going from forest darkness into beach sunlight. Michael and I walked on the beach for awhile and enjoyed looking at the shells.

Forest path, very dark compared to the bright beach.

Forest path, very dark compared to the bright beach.

Lush undergrowth, very nice.

Lush undergrowth, very nice.

Big expansive beaches.

Big expansive beaches.

Very pretty 4.

Very pretty 4.


After that we left and headed to Port Alberni to our AirBnB place we got for $50.00. All the places in Tofino and Ucluelet were so very expensive, $300-$400+ a night. We thought Port Alberni was close enough, and also we could wake up and explore that area. We stopped at Dolce Vida, near our AirBnB place, for dinner. It was an okay place, decently priced. Michael got a steak salad and I got some Thai spring chicken rolls. I also got a banana split martini. 

Edie's banana split martini.  She like it.

Edie’s banana split martini. She like it.

We went to our place and were pleasantly surprised at how cute it was. It is the entire upstairs, the attic. Michael and I would walk and bump our heads and laugh. Quite the experience. The hostess, Sara, was very sweet but busy with her little five month old son, a real cutie pie. The room was set up with a queen size bed, a futon, dvd/tv, and a bathroom with shower for us. Nice.  

Our airbnb house for a night.  The upstairs was all ours.

Our Airbnb house for a night. The upstairs was all ours.

The futon.

The futon.

We slept well.

We slept well.

That was our day. Hope yours was wonderful.

 

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