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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Yesss! Sunshine!

Sunday 19 March


Finally, we wake up to a bright and shiny day.  We had planned to go and visit Mount Washington as soon as it would be clear enough to do so and today is the day!

Mt Washington is approx. a 1-1/2h drive. I am not going to write much, but will post the pictures.  All I want to say is that we enjoyed the snow and surroundings immensely.





























After our sedate adventure on Mt Washington we drove to Courtenay, a small town near the coast where we looked for a few caches and had lunch at a little coffee bar.

We weren't very successful with finding the caches, but had a nice stroll through town anyway and it was a beautiful day.  The only cache we did find didn't have a logbook, but the CO let me log anyway. :-)


Cliffe Hangar






Monday 20 March


The forecast was for rain again, but since it didn't rain after all, and it cleared up reasonably well after lunch we decided to make a short trip to Nanaimo.  First of all a bit south of town, where we visited the historic mine that I had visited before with Dianne.  It's a nice trail to walk to the river and back, and.... I still had an unfound cache! ;-)

Just as well I took Wim for back-up as he eventually made the find!  It was a very tricky hide and I had walked past the tree numerous times.


Pacific Coast Coal Mine Trail #1


My muggle brother with a big smile!





Next we drove back to Nanaimo and went for a walk in town and along the foreshore.  We checked out another cache that Dianne and I hadn't found, but there were too many people for a thorough search.  On to the next one, which was an earth cache. And on the way to the shops we found the next one.  We = Wim!  Again!  It was not a very appealing spot, but the cache was a nice camo and Wim discovered it without ever having seen this kind.


Nanaimo Harbour - The Nanaimo Group







Power Play XI






As it was getting rather late in the day and we didn't feel like cooking (for which we would have had to do shopping first) we walked to the pub where Dianne and I had been before.  We were kind of lucky, because we wanted to put some extra money in the parking meter.  To do so we had to walk back to the parking lot and then back to the waterfront again.  While we checked out the parking garage near the pub Wim found a used, but not expired, parking ticket on the ground.  Upon inspection it was a day ticket expiring at 7:30pm!  Well, that came in handy.  We got the car and drove back to the new parking lot, where, of all conincidences that could happen, the ticket inspector was doing his rounds!  We just parked, left the ticket on the dash and went to the pub, where we enjoyed a nice meal.

No violation notice this time, upon return.  We drove to Lantzville for our grocery shopping and then on to home where I was in bed by nine.  Some days I am very tired and I can do with a 12 hour night, so I just do what my body commands. :-)



Sunday, 19 March 2017

Friday... in the rain...

Friday 17 March


Waiting for a bit of sunshine is proving a bit of a challenge, so Friday was spent mostly indoors as well.  I do have a few pictures though that I haven't posted yet, so I have something to show after all.



A selfie in Vancouver

Cache nr. 30 (in Canada)

Signing the log

Another cache on our walks

Taking pictures

Playing pool...

...on two consecutive nights

Hummingbird

Marion in the Xterra...

...which I wouldn't swap for my Prius! ;-)

One of the many hungry squirrels who provide lots of entertainment

Wim, hard at work

Saturday 18 March


It was waiting for dry weather again, but that proved again to be difficult.  The weather just doesn't know what it wants to do.  Today we had sunshine, rain, sleet and hail.  Is there anything else???

Anyway, after lunch it 'looked' promising, so we took the car and found the walking track that I had in mind, only 10 minutes from home.  Of course there were caches to be found on the trail, so we could both enjoy ourselves.  Wim brought his camera and got a shot of the mountains and I (or is it 'we') found five caches. Yes, Wim is getting the hang of it too and found a few as well!


Monkey





Lioness





Mallard





Rock Lizard





Cougar





And to top it off, I have a picture of a few street names that I came across.  One of them will be an interesting read for the Dutch readers:






Back home we have dinner and a quiet evening, because both of us have work on our computers.  For me it's mainly fixing up all the home exchanges for the coming year.  The problem is that two have fallen through again and for the rest I keep receiving requests that I can't fulfill, but it means endless correspondence...