University of Victoria – Victoria BC, Canada, 8/24/2013

AUGUST 24, 2013 (Saturday)

 

We went to the University of Victoria campus and drove around. What lovely grounds it has. Park like, lush, green, and beautiful. We were surprised at all the different buildings, architecturally. They all worked well together. Lots of new construction going on. Looks like they’re building a sports complex or something like that.

Pumpkin flower, Edie's penchant.

Pumpkin flower, Edie’s penchant.

Entrance from Foul Bay Road.

Entrance from Foul Bay Road.

Grounds are nice and lush.

Grounds are nice and lush.

Nice buildings, either fairly new or old and well maintained.

Nice buildings, either fairly new or old and well maintained.

On University Circle Drive.

On University Circle Drive.

We theorized that these were dorms.

We theorized that these were dorms.

Sleek buildings.

Sleek buildings.

Nice.

Nice.

Sign from McKenzie Road.

Sign from McKenzie Road.

Handsome buildings.

Handsome buildings.

Park like over the grounds, an excellent learning environment.

Park like over the grounds, an excellent learning environment.

Handsome low slung building.

Handsome low slung building.

Very park like.

Very park like.

Park like settings.

Park like settings.

Campus Map.

Campus map.

Eagle eye Edie spotted more wildlife.

Eagle eye Edie spotted more wildlife.

Old Dodge.  He told us he was the original owner.

Old Dodge. He told us he was the original owner.

Not really, but he had grumpy old man status with me.  A brother!

Not really, but he had grumpy old man status with me. A brother!

Nice building.

Nice building.

Sleek.

Sleek.

After we left the university we weren’t sure what we wanted to do but Michael had been wanting to go back to the white dome on the hill and “climb the rocks” like the neighbor yesterday had told us was necessary in order to get there. We decided to go there and on the way we saw a remarkable tree.  Looks like it is from a different planet, or at least a different epoch, something strange and prehistoric.

Great looking tree, the kind a pterodactyl might nest on.

Great looking tree, the kind a pterodactyl might nest on.

Strange branches.

Strange branches.

The trunk of the tree is growing this spike like things too.

The trunk of the tree is growing these spike like things too.

We got to the white house and walked up to the plaque on top that shows where things are in the city and in the water. Fun to know. What awesome views from the top, and not too bad of a walk up stairs, over rocks, and around. Was fun. Just be slow and careful.

The once upon a time observatory, turned weather station, turned Park.

The once upon a time observatory, turned weather station, turned Park.

Pretty woman documenting her life.

Pretty woman documenting her life.

Brass marker that shows the compass directions and surrounding landmarks.

Brass marker that shows the compass directions and surrounding landmarks.

Three masted schooner.

Three masted schooner.

Nice views.

Nice views.

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View to the southeast.

View to the southeast.

Lighthouse.

Lighthouse.

 

Edie could be pressured to buy this house.

Edie could be pressured to buy this house.

Once we finished there, we went to Gonzales Bay. You have to walk down a long narrow set of stairs to get to the beach. There was a group of five paddle boarders out in the bay, seemed to be just learning. Looked like fun. There were also lots of red jellyfish type things on the ground. Lots and lots of driftwood. Lovely. We were surprised there were so many picnic tables near the beach with the glorious views.

Stairs leading down to the beach.

Stairs leading down to the beach.

 

Grumpy old man going out to yell at paddle boaters.

Grumpy old man going out to yell at paddle boaters.

Grumpy old man coming back after yelling at strangers to stop making waves.

Grumpy old man coming back after yelling at strangers to stop making waves.

We think a morning glory.

We think a morning glory.

Beached Jelly Fish.

Beached jelly fish.

Another beached jelly.

Another beached jelly.

Paddle boards.

Paddle boards.

Islands in the Bay.

Islands in the Bay.

After that was all about Safeway, and then next door to get a bottle of wine. Came home and Michael made the most delicious dinner – chicken and pasta – yummy.

That was our day. Hope yours was grand!

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