Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Ucluelet and Tofino


We are back home and back to work but our trip to Ucluelet and Tofino was very relaxing and fun.  We mostly spent our times outdoors, hiking and walking on Tofino beaches.  We hiked all parts of the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, one of my absolute favorite areas where these ocean shots were taken.  Buddy was right along with us, never tiring.  For a short dog he sure can hike, one day we did 8km and he still wanted to play at the end of the day.  Quite amazing that this trail is 100% funded by donations and kept by volunteers, not part of Parks Canada - so always free to visit!  We intend to make a donation towards its upkeep, so beautiful.


Gigantic tree roots from upended tree, two times as high as me


Surfers at Chesterton Beach, Tofino



Buddy also loves beach walking, ripping and tearing.  We fashioned an extra long leash so he could run and chase shells that we threw.  It was windy and cold though, only about 15 degrees.  You can walk for a couple of km along here, it all is beautiful nice sandy beach.  Surfers paradise - will full warm body suits.  We saw no more rain and it was perfect hiking weather.  Had it been any warmer we might not have hiked so much.

We ate lots of good things, all brought from home and the one night we had intended to buy a take out pizza we realized we had brought too many groceries so just ran to the store and bought some corn to go with some shrimp.

We had a fun summer.  The shadows are becoming larger, the blackberries are ready to pick and I am ready for fall.  My tomatoes are still producing like crazy, we took some with us, Mom picked some while I was gone and we came home to a bunch of ripe tomatoes too.  Our cherry tomatoes are producing the most, and I am likely to have those right to the end of September as it doesn't get cool here usually until October.

The sealed pot for weekends away fund has been fully drained so I need to start working on it for next summer's adventures.  All buying and reselling money will be added to it along with deposits from bottles and rolled change.  I need to find cheap flights to Italy for Spring so plenty of fun things to plan for.  I need to find a few cheap/free local adventures so we can continue to explore our beautiful island.

The smoke has cleared in our area but the Province is still on fire so I would even look forward to a solid week of rain should it come our way.  How about you, are you ready for fall yet?

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    1. You deserve a break, you guys work so hard every summer

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  2. Glad you had a great trip!
    I am not ready for summer to be over!

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    1. Having too much fun with your family is a good thing!

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  3. Ucluelet and Tofino sounds like a PR firm!

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    1. It does, doesn't it? That or a law firm

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  4. Love reading about your trips! Our tomatoes are all played out! Not much survives August in Texas! Glad you are still enjoying yours!

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    1. Ours usually run right until October, if they are still flowering right now which they are :)

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  5. So glad that the three of you had a great time. I am more than ready for it to cool down here.

    When you have a moment send me an email about Spain.

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    1. I've been trying to get your email from your blog and it just keeps pulling up the windows mail feature (we don't have windows mail, do it all online). Could you pop me one? livingrichonthecheap@gmail.com

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  6. Oh that just looks so pretty and peaceful. I miss being able to go hiking and for long walks along the beach. I so wish my health would still allow me to do these things.

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    1. I am sorry to hear that Debbie, my walking sure has seemed to help the fibromyalgia. I seem to have a lot more energy these days, and certainly more stamina

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  7. Hell yes come on fall! It's been so hot here for doing outdoor markets! >:P That hiking looks amazing, how beautiful! I have to make it up to that area one day.

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    1. We had a long hot dry summer here too. You would love Vancouver Island, I bet you would feel right at home here.

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  8. Oh yes I am ready for Fall! Mainly because I have hot flashes that are accerbated by the humidity.....
    Your vacation looked amazing and I'm glad to see that buddy is well.
    I started saving too for NYC in late October and Rome in May 2018.
    so far my tomato plant has only yielded 3 tomatoes.....but on the bright side I have 3 farmers markets near my house.

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    1. Yeah, I do much better in slightly cooler temperatures. Wow, we might end up in Rome around the same time lol. My stepson is in Montreal right now for a work trip, so jealous. He extended it by 3 nights so he could see old Montreal on his own. I told him he had to have at least one smoked bagel (a friend brought me some 20 years ago and I will never forget how tasty it was!)

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  9. Ready or not we are having fall weather here; it's very early and I hope it warms up a little honestly! It's 10c here at the moment warming up to 21c this afternoon. I to agree with you, however, that hiking is best done in the cooler temps. I am usually down to a T-shirt when it's around 12c - I get really hot while hiking. I really enjoyed Ucluelet and the Wild Pacific Trail was so nice to hike - it's kept in such great condition and the views are spectacular!

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    1. Yes, some of the best views in Canada in my opinion. Hubby and I even have a hard time walking the dog when it gets hot, let alone hiking

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  10. The Sunshine Coast Trail in Powell River is the same. It runs all the way from near the ferry at Saltery Bay to north of Lund. There has been some funding to help with supplies to build free use cabins along the way, but the work has all been volunteer and continues to be so for trail maintenance. - Margy

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    1. We've never been to Powell River but I will definitely check that out when we go one day

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  11. How gorgeous! The woodlands and the beach are absolutely stunning, no wonder you feel all relaxed and refreshed. I don't think I could manage 8km and I'm 100 bigger than Buddy!!
    Our blackberries have gone mental, I've got lbs of them in the freezer this year already! xxx

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    1. Yeah, that 8 km walk took the wind out of our sails, all 3 of us were dragging ourselves back to the truck lol.

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  12. Wow, I had forgotten about the sealed pot concept - but isn't it great when you use that "found money" for something so much fun. It must really feel like something for nothing. And how absolutely beautiful it is. Well done. Anna

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    1. Yes, found money is best, gives me greater incentive to get rid of stuff we no longer need or use too.

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