Friday, August 15, 2008

Long Beach

Our campsite at Long Beach at Bella Pacifica on McKenzie Beach, it was a nice campground with full bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities, a nice change from the outhouses at Hornby Island.
Chesterman Beach looking toward's Frank Island where we talked with a home owner who lives there. We stopped at Cox Bay to see if the waves were any better and despite the millions of surfers, the waves were terrible.
Crazy Tree on a trail off McKenzie Beach
The next day we went to Wickinninish Beach, but it was a little rainy so we went inside the interpretive center and watched a film, then had lunch at the restaurant, by then it had cleared up so we went for a walk to South Beach, but didn't quite make it all the way and returned back to the main beach to watch the little birds, and surfers.
We did see a bear on the South Beach trail.
Watching the Surfers, the best for waves so far.

This guy was really good and entertaining to watch.

Looking down from the Restaurant where we ate lunch while the rain cleared up.
Wickinninish Beach
Just before we left on Saturday night around 9 pm at McKenzie Beach, finally nicer weather.
My air mattress went flat every night for the first 2 nights at Hornby, so Jared traded with me, but the 4th night of camping I had had enough so we left the 3rd night instead of staying and drove the the ferries in Nanaimo and got there at midnight and slept in the car until 4pm when they knocked on our window when they opened the tills so we could pull in and wait another hour for the 5:15 am ferry. We got an early start for Castlegar. We drove along Hwy 3 towards Hope, then Princeton, Keromeos, Osoyoos, Grand Forks, and Finally Castlegar after 7-8 hours and a lot of bathroom breaks later. The weather was much more enjoyable there and was around 30 degrees most of the time. The next day we went to Champion Lakes and watched Curtis & Bonny's kids swim, they also brought a canoe and Jared and Curtis went out and Jared caught a small fish, then Murray and Bonny took a turn.
I have photos for the other days so I'll put that in the next post.

1 comment:

Shelli said...

Sounds fun. Especially the part about the flat air mattress and sleeping in the car!