Saturday, 30 March 2013
We took a week's holiday to the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. Balmy temperatures, moist sea air and signs of Spring greeted us at every turn. It was bliss to be home in our native landscape and as a result, this girl is homesick to her very core.
Other than seeing family and friends, one of the major highlights of the trip was a 2 hour hike through the damp, lush, mushroom filled rainforest to reach the rocky shoreline at Smuggler's Cove.
The beavers have been busy damming the creek which has flooded the surrounding forest. This wetland area attracts many diverse species, but this fellow was my favourite.
The lush, verdant green was a welcome change from the white of winter that we've been living in for 6 months.
We finally made it to the shoreline and the view was spectacular in every direction! As the wind was non existent, the sea was calm, reflecting the sun back to our smiling faces. The rocks had warmed up providing a toasty spot to rest and take in the view. Bliss.
We also visited a few other familiar haunts....
as well as Porpoise Bay and Snickett Park. We were treated to great weather the entire time we were on the coast ~ it certainly made sightseeing that much more enjoyable. Being a rainforest, the West Coast is prone to a lot of rain but we saw none of it!
While we were away, back home in Alberta, 2 more snowstorms barrelled through dumping several MORE feet of snow than you see below. Our son, Mitchell and his wife were house-sitting for us and they had to clear the roof as the trusses were groaning under the weight! I'm grateful to them but am REALLY glad that I was basking in the sun on the beach while it was happening, LOL.
Now... back to reality. The snow is still here, yes, but it's melting fast as our temperatures are rising steadily. The daylight hours are long and the greenhouse is calling my name. Today, I'm seeding! Stay tuned for details...