Monday, March 19, 2007

Trip to Ucluelet ( You - Clue - Let )

First off I'd like to thank Annette, Bob, Ryan, and Tyler for their gift. We had been thinking about getting away for a while since we have never spent any time alone since we got married. With their help we decided to drive to the west coast for the weekend. We left friday around 3:30pm and drove to Port Albernie where we decided to stop for dinner. We found an old Drive In restaraunt and both said we have to stop there. Like the old days you pull in and leave your lights on and they come out and take your order. Then after your done you turn your lights on and they come out and get the tray. The prices were real reasonable and the place was pretty busy. Some ppl even got their food to go.

Next we headed through the mountains to the west coast. We had decided to stay in a town called Ucluelet. We drove around the town first then we went and checked in. After checking out our room we went for a walk. We both woke up pretty early and layed in bed listening to the rain on the roof. I have never seen rain that bad since I've been on the island but it is right beside a rain forest. The rain died down by 11:00am so we drove to the lighthouse trail. It was nice even in the light rain. We think we might have seen one ore two spouts from whales passing by but the water was very rough. This weekend was the whale festival as this area is known for Gray Whales hanging around. The day before we arrived there had been a small pod of Orcas in the harbour but they were now long gone.

After our hike we went back to our room had a bite to eat and dried off. Then we made our way to Tofino. We stopped at a couple beaches along the way and did some beach combing. The rain had pretty much stopped and we really didn't care because we had decided to make the best of it no matter what the weather was like. We spent the afternoon wandering around just looking at all the sites. We stopped for a nice dinner before heading back to Ucluelet. As usual I took lots of pictures and you might notice the flowers blooming and the Palm tree outside the church. We were pretty pooped when we got back to the room so we stretched out and snuggled while I watched the hockey game. Then I ran over to a store and got us some desert.

The next morning we went back to the lighthouse and the water was much calmer. We didn't do the trail just stood by the ocean and did a bit of beach combing but it wasn't a good area as we found nothing. We decided to hit the road and head back to Nanaimo. Its quite a nice scenic drive through the rain forest, then the mountains and then through Cathdrol Grove where the huge trees are. We stopped in Nanaimo and did a bit of shopping before heading back to Duncan.

It was a great get away, very romantic making me very glad I found Patty and am so in love with her. Things keep getting better and better. We are planning on doing some more weekend treks away from everything in the near future. When football season starts up we will be able to stay in Kelowna and Kamloops for the weekend after a game. Might just be another reason to help make Patty like that sport LOL

Hope you enjoy the pictures