Vancouver Island Photo Journal

In the woods, lost in thought, one of my favorite ways to spend my time.

In the woods, lost in thought, one of my favorite ways to spend my time.

 

I’m at the Holiday Inn airport hotel enjoying the peace and quiet because Mo took Ben to his very first movie theater movie! We were given some free passes that had to be used tonight so I guess it’s a good way to end our vacation. We fly out tomorrow morning and arrive home around midnight, so I’m sure there will be a few days of adjustment. I feel incredibly sad to leave our great friends and the beautiful surroundings out here! I don’t think that living here is in the cards for us, at least not very soon, so for now I’ll have to savor these two weeks. I am excited to get home to my sweet friends and family in Miami, but I feel the pressure of home life enveloping me already. I have so many things I want to focus on and I’m not sure where to find the time! Thankfully this step out of routine gives me the chance to reevaluate my priorities and timing. I look forward to seeing things in a new light and having the perspective to make different choices. In the mean time, in this in between, neither here nor there time, I wanted to share some more photos from the trip. These are mostly from camping, with a few from Victoria at the end. More to come, sending love! xo – c

 

The kids, rocking the camping lifestyle.

The kids, rocking the camping lifestyle.

Chilly morning walk in the greenery with my little elf.

Chilly morning walk in the greenery with my little elf.

Ella and her friend.

Ella and her friend.

Tic tac toe at a seaside coffee shop near our campground.

Tic tac toe at a seaside coffee shop near our campground.

Selfie!

Selfie!

Through the car window. The light out there was amazing.

Through the car window. The light out there was amazing.

Treehuggers.

Treehuggers.

EPIC tree

EPIC tree

Oh Mo.

Oh Mo.

Forest Ella.

Forest Ella.

Ben scoping out a little pool of water near Elk Falls.

Ben scoping out a little pool of water near Elk Falls.

Ben and his friend's toy, Skippy Jon Jones, who took a tour of the Pacific Northwest with us.

Ben and his friend’s toy, Skippy Jon Jones, who took a tour of the Pacific Northwest with us.

Little hikers.

Little hikers.

Super dark, off center family shot by a fellow hiker who had very long blonde hair and was wearing a bikini top and hot pants. I thought I was back in Miami for a minute!

Super dark, off center family shot by a fellow hiker who had very long blonde hair and was wearing a bikini top and hot pants. I thought I was back in Miami for a minute!

Yes, we bought some. It is chia and hemp seeds mixed with buckwheat, raisins, dried apples, cranberries and cinnamon. Mixed with fresh Island Vanilla yogurt...heavenly!

Yes, we bought some. It is chia and hemp seeds mixed with buckwheat, raisins, dried apples, cranberries and cinnamon. Stirred into fresh Island vanilla yogurt…heavenly!

Common Ground restaurant, where they tried to enlist us into their hippie cult. I like the hippie community part, but we're happy with our own religious path!

Common Ground restaurant, where they tried to enlist us into their hippie cult. I like the hippie community part, but we’re happy with our own religious path!

I don't know why, but Ella made friends with this wooden post marking the number of our campsite. She walked out and hugged it every morning, I guess because it was just her size she decided it was a friend.

I don’t know why, but Ella loved this wooden post marking the number of our campsite. She walked out and hugged it every morning. I guess because it was just her size she decided it was a friend.

I have been telling Mo that I like camping since we met, and he kept saying "Okay, but I've never actually SEEN you camp." I may have gone into the trip with a little something to prove, so I really wanted to impress him with my marshmallow roasting skills. I represented, but Mo had much more patience than me for getting the perfectly gooey center with crispy, golden, but not burnt exterior.

I have been telling Mo that I like camping since we met, and he kept saying “Okay, but I’ve never actually SEEN you camp.” I may have gone into the trip with a little something to prove, so I really wanted to impress him with my marshmallow roasting skills. I represented, but Mo had much more patience than me for getting the perfectly gooey center with crispy, golden, but not burnt exterior.

UGH it's so gorgeous I can't stand it!

UGH it’s so gorgeous I can’t stand it!

Ben at a super hipster coffee/surf/clothing shop in downtown Victoria.

Ben looking appropriately emo at a super hipster coffee/surf/clothing shop in downtown Victoria.

I love it when they do stuff together. Compulsory fun time anyone?

I love it when they do stuff together. Compulsory fun time anyone? PS she was terrified.

I love deze guyz.

I love deze guyz.

SO BIG! Look at that wingspan.

SO BIG! Look at that wingspan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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