Saturday, October 24, 2009

Today is our son-in-law Tim’s birthday – Happy Birthday Tim.

Finally, we had an absolutely gorgeous, sunny day with temperatures in the mid 50’sF (13-14C). This morning I got our ferry reservations made for the 12:45 p.m. crossing on Monday from Tswassen to Duke's Point and a campground reservation in Qualicum Beach so that is done.

We went over to Cheryl & Steve’s about 11 and with Steve driving we headed to Steveston, a fishing centre on the coast. On the way we stopped at a market so Steve & Cheryl could get a couple of pumpkins and we all picked up lots of nice fresh veggies. The market was a zoo with kids checking out the pumpkins and all the people buying the fruit & veggies.

We arrived at Steveston and what a cute town with lots of little shops and restaurants. Of course the main event is Fishermans Wharf and the fishing boats with their fresh catch.

The first thing we did was stop at a fish store where Cheryl bought some salmon pepperoni – yummy! We then walked to PaJo’s Fish & Chips and got delicious fish and chips for lunch. They only have outdoor seating and we were fortunate to get a picnic table where we could watch the harbour while enjoying our lunch.

Steveston Harbour


Enjoying Lunch


Swan in Harbour


John & Steve Meet New Friends!



We then walked out to a large park along the shore where there were lots of walkers, joggers, cyclists, fishermen and people flying kites. We watched some of the boat traffic going by – just a great place to enjoy the scenery and people watch.

Ship Leaving Harbour


Harbour


Tug Pulling Barges of Wood Chips


More Boats


It was then back to the wharf to make our fish purchases, we ended up buying a bandit fish, an ocean perch and another type of fish. Cheryl bought some shrimp, some whole and some with the head removed and she also bought two green sea urchins.

Checking Out the Fish





Steve & John With Our Selection


On the way back to the car John and Cheryl went into the first fish store we had visited and Cheryl bought some haddock cheeks and John bought some more salmon pepperoni.

We went back to Steve & Cheryl’s and had a great dinner of different types of fish and shrimp as well as veggies and potatoes and all topped off with apple pie and ice cream. Steve’s mom came for dinner and she really enjoyed the fish and the sea urchins, which you eat like sushi with a bit of wasabi and soy sauce.

Steve and Cheryl have had scafritti done on their house and it looks really neat. They have it around the front of the house


and then this one is in a room which originally had a hot tub but is now being turned into an exercise room.


They also still have lots of flowers in bloom.


We can’t thank Steve & Cheryl enough for all their hospitality, taking us around and wonderful meals, we truly appreciate all they have done for us while we have been here.

And so ends another great gift of a day and we look forward to another nice day tomorrow.

1 comment:

Sandra said...

Enjoy the island! If I can't get the border crossing straightened out, the island might become our home year round!