Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What a wonderful day we had today and bonus - the weather co-operated and was lovely.

We had a great breakfast of bacon, eggs etc. – John did the bacon & Dave did the eggs and after eating we headed out to see the sights. The waves were coming in pretty good in front of here and there were a lot of surfers out taking advantage of them. I didn’t have my camera when I walked down to take a look so no pictures, plus I doubt that I could have got a really good picture without a good telephoto lens.

We headed to Ucluelet (pronounced U-qu-let), with our first stop being Radar Hill. This high point was formerly cleared for a radar installation during the clold war and the views from there are marvelous.

Views from Radar Hill

At Ucluelet we walked about half of the Wild Pacific Trail where the scenery was absolutely stunning. We saw the Amphitrite Lighthouse; the original wooden lighthouse was built in 1906 after a tragic ship wreck in 1905. The lighthouse was destroyed by waves in 1914 and the current structure was built in 1915. There were also a lot of neat tree formations along the way.

Scenes Along Wild Pacific Trail

Dave & Janet were a bit disappointed that it wasn’t really windy today as they said when they were here a couple of years ago the waves were crashing in and were incredible.

After walking the trail we drove around town before heading back to Tofino to check it out (Cox Bay Beach Resort is about 7 km from Tofino so we hadn’t actually made it into town yesterday). While driving around town we were amazed to see Palm Trees!!

We stopped at Long Beach on the way back and walked out the beach as the tide was out. There was lots of kelp on the beach and we couldn’t believe the logs piled up along the shoreline, another pretty place.

Long Beach

In Tofino Janet & I checked out a store and a restaurant for dinner then we stopped at a coffee shop for a coffee & muffin. While there I saw a notice for the H1N1 clinics in Ucluelet and Tofino and the first one was this afternoon from 3 to 7 in Ucluelet and it said it was open to any one over 6 months of age so we decided to go back and see if we could get our shots.

When we got there we talked to a public health nurse who said the rules had changed on Friday and as we were over 65 we weren’t eligible to get the shot – dang!!

We turned around and came back to Tofino where we went to the Blue Heron Restaurant for dinner. Their special tonight was 2 for 1 Haddock fish & chips, that sounded good to all of us and it was a good dinner.

We came back and had tea and I am now trying to get this done and posted before going to bed.

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

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