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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Beach Vacation - Day 6

Sigh... we have to say goodbye to the beach today. We had such a great holiday here...

Maybe we can come back some time.

On our way home, we stopped at Sproat Lake... it is a neat place!

The lake is huge and was very smooth with great reflections.

Wait... what is that? Do you see it in the distance?

I think it's the Mars Water Bomber!!!

Yes, it is!!! The US built them for the Navy to use as transport seaplanes. After the war, four of them were converted into water bombers for fighting forest fires. Today, this one is the last one still in service. Sproat Lake is its home. It can scoop up 30 tons of water in 22 seconds! Although... it isn't used as much for fighting forest fires anymore because it needs big lakes to scoop water from... so smaller planes are more effective. This is the Hawaii Mars. The Philippine Mars was sold and repainted in US Navy colours and was destined for a museum in Florida but its transfer was put on hold due to the 2016 Presidential Elections (no idea why...).

That is so cool...

Uh-oh... there go the reflections!

We made a quick stop at Cathedral Grove as well... it is so much nicer in the winter when everything is lush and moist.

And the creek actually has water in it too! Salmon? No salmon? Sigh...

It's also nicer in the winter cause...

It's not overrun by hordes of tourists!!

Maybe one day I'll run a stuffie tour out to the West Coast?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Beach Vacation - Day 5

Good morning... another day on the sunny west coast!

Doesn't look like any of these boats are selling salmon on the dock... too bad.

This mural reminds me of the coastal rainforest boardwalk from yesterday (minus the old trunk).

OK... High wave hazard today!

And some pointers for surf etiquette...

Don't cut people off is the basic gist of it...

I was thinking I might try surfing but... I didn't bring my swimming trunks and they don't make wet suits in little bear sizes. Sigh...

I wonder if there are surfers out there today?

Lots of little birds...

And a family! We've been pretty much the only ones on the beaches for most of the time we've been here.

Oooh... surfer dude!

And another one!

Can you see them? The waves aren't helping...

There they are!

Sooo beautiful.

I got bored waiting for the surfers to get up on their boards... I wonder if I could take this fishing float home?

Nope!! It is attached to a rope that is seriously buried in the sand!

Huh... surfer coming out of the water... I never did see them catch any waves. Must not be stormy enough!

But... I did have some fun with the waves. They were beary deceptive. They'd be washing up low on the beach and I'd go to look at the seashells and stuff and then a wave would sneak up on me and I'd have to run!!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Beach Vacation - Day 4

Hullo... today we are doing something different... we are going into the coastal rainforest! (Even though it's not raining).

It's across the highway... I hope there aren't any wolves in there...

Oh, nice. The coastal rainforest walk is on a boardwalk!

That's all French to me!

They have been working on replacing pieces of the boardwalk, which is nice.

But then you get old bits as well.

There are interpretive displays that tell you about forest life...

I like this one!! That's a lot of rain... and a lot of wind!

Some lush deer fern...

And seriously big trees!! Like... seriously big.

Oh, look at that... Muskoka chairs for tree watching!

The cedar is the tree of life...

And this one was born around 1300 A.D. It is beary, beary old.

I'm going to sit and gaze at it for a while and soak up some ancient tree energy.

 This forest would make a great hide & seek play area for stuffies.

I'm not going to go further into this log though... there might be creepy critters in there.

Let's go!