AUGUST 20, 2013 (Tuesday)
We woke up and thought no one was home. I had been a little worried that with a five month old child in the house, the boy would scream late at night or early in the morning. Nothing. We were so shocked to discover it was 9:44 AM. We showered, dressed, packed and went downstairs and were surprised that Sara and her baby were home. What a sweet, happy guy he is. She has a lovely place and she says she likes to make it affordable as she’s traveled quite a bit and knows how important that is.
We left and went to Subway for breakfast. After breakfast we drove around Port Alberni and got the feel of the town. We came to the conclusion that it is mostly a logging town, with a big paper mill, maybe a little fishing, and then tourism. Nice surprisingly large and spread out town and pretty good location between Tofino and Nanaimo.
After leaving Port Alberni, we headed to Englishman Falls Park. What a beautiful park. Michael and I both loved the gentle walk, the small bridge going over the waterfalls, and the scenic views of the waterfalls. The Englishman River flows directly into a narrow crack, at a 90 degree angle, in the granite mountainside. Literally makes a left turn and flows down that crack that expands and narrows and is very beautiful. We talked about how exciting it would be to see it in March or April after a bunch of really good rains. Bet it would be very dramatic. Could have stayed there all day just chilling.
After leaving Englishman Falls Park, we drove to Chemainus and took a closer look at the murals. What a quaint, charming town. Got to see the horse drawn carriage taking people around. We peeked into stores and even bought some candy from a local shop. After Chemainus we drove straight to Victoria and stopped at the local Safeway Store for milk and a few other things.
I now know why the license plates say Beautiful British Columbia. It is beautiful here on Vancouver Island. Loving it! We are frequently in a state of sensory overload. The weather was again great.
That was our day. Hope yours was wonderful!