Wednesday morning we left Vancouver after fueling up on more cinnamon buns and rode towards Tsawwassen port, from there we got the ferry across to Vancouver Island where we were greeted by Clare, a childhood friend of Martin and her partner Travis. They drove us into the countryside past Victoria and into a town called Metchosin where they live in a cabin in incredibly beautiful setting on a hill with views of the sea backed by dense forest.
After a good nights sleep we spent the day soaking up sunshine and walking in the woods out back, we tried our hand at frisbee golf which is really popular over here; it involves throwing a frisbee from a designated point and trying to get it to hit or go in a target that can be anywhere up to 200ft away, just like golf the aim is to try and do it in as few throws as possible.
The following day we got a ride into Victoria the capital of British Columbia, we explored the city for a couple of hours, had a great lunch with Mike who we met while in Vancouver and then headed uptown to the Driftwood beer brewery where Travis works as a brewer. Driftwood make some really great craft beers that taste very hoppy and floral. We got shown around the brewery by the really knowledgeable owners and then got to sample some of the beers they brew, all in all a great day!
We spent Saturday helping out with some gardening and grass cutting on a super fun ride on mower, having cut some serious grass we visited the beach where we flew a kite and explored the rock pools with Coda the coolest dog ever.
On Sunday we went out to Sooke with Travis with a boat tied to the back of the truck to do some crab fishing with his friend Bill; driving along the road to Sooke some wind caught the underside of the boat and it flew off the back of the truck and into a grassy bank on the side of the road. With boat and car all intact we made it to Bills house by the side of a water. We got the crab traps all setup and then headed out about 300m where we dropped them off into the water. After about 2 hours we rowed back out and pulled the trap up to reveal lots of crabs all scrambling around on the inside of the cage. Examining our catch it turned out that a lot where females, which need to be thrown back and the rest where small males which also need to be thrown back. Having not caught any crabs we headed inshore and ate salmon that Bill had caught just 2 miles away, it tasted so good!
We've had such an incredible time on Vancouver Island, its a stunning place with forests, oceans and the epic Cascade mountains as a back drop, thank you Clare, Travis and Coda for having us to stay! With some frisbee golf experience and a lot more beers under our belt we are now ready for the west coast of the US, as I write we are heading across the water towards Seattle on a super speedy clipper.
Vancouver Island, CanadaDate
16 June, 2013Tweet