Exploring is not just for the young
Having a house full of millennials this past weekend was a lot of fun. Their zest for life was energising and I relished the time I got to spend with them. Millennials are often characterised as free spirits who love to travel but don’t we all? Finding joy in travel is a mindset, not an age, but is certainly not for everyone.
I had to drop my son off at the ferry in Vancouver on Sunday, so I decided to explore a bit of the area as I normally just go straight to the island. The four and a half hour drive from Kelowna to Horseshoe Bay was rainy and quite foggy, but we made it in time, thankfully. I won’t see my son now until Christmas, but I know the time will go quickly so it was not quite as hard to say goodbye.
Being in an adventurous mood, I decided to camp in the van and found a spot about 25 kilometres north of the ferry. It was a little difficult driving in the pitch black, with rain pouring down but well worth it to wake up in Porteau Cove Provincial Park to a view of the ocean with cloud-shrouded mountains in the background. I was surprised how busy it was at this time of year, but was glad for the company as well.
I hadn’t packed cooking utensils so it was a toss up between staying at the campground and finding coffee. My addiction to caffeine won out, so I headed to Vancouver. Sun makes everything nicer, but what a beautiful city! I enjoyed breakfast with a view.
Everything was wet from the rain and the driftwood on the beach was steaming in the sun. Even the wooden bench had tendrils of steam rising from the seat. I’m not used to the humidity but like the fuliginous effect over the water. I spent time at the pier, watching people fishing.
Three adorable sea otters were enjoying themselves on a wooden platform. One came up first and was rolling all over the wood. It let me get fairly close, which was good as I only had a 35 mm lens with me. It was soon joined by two others and it was wonderful to watch them.
Reluctantly, I got back in the van but I had a gorgeous drive along Marine Drive. I was fascinated by the number of bridges and the container ships. The University of British Columbia campus is beautiful – I would have a hard time studying there I think!
I know there is so much more to explore in the city but will save that for another visit.
I drove instead to the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary as I have been missing birding. What a wonderful place! Unfortunately, I didn’t see snow geese but many other birds (even a hummingbird which was pretty neat). The ducks are very used to people, so it was easy to take pictures.
The last two hours of the drive back to Kelowna were illuminated by the super moon; helpful on a dark, mountainous highway. I was glad to be home but grateful for the one day adventure.
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