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Longer days.  Photo worthy sunrises and sunsets.  Much warmer temperatures.  It’s finally time to dig out flip flops, shorts and slather on some sunscreen.  And the people said AMEN .  Just to be clear 20 degrees Celsius is considered a suitable summer temperature on the north island.  It’s never too hot or too cold.  We don’t get scorching hot summers and we’re happy with the mild winters — some years we don’t even have to get the snow shovel out of the shed. Add it to the many things we love about living on the west coast.

Deciding to be tourists in our own backyard last week we hopped the ferry and headed over to Sointula on Malcolm Island.  Approximately 800 souls call the island home.  I like to think of them as “the Finns and the hippies.”  More saunas per capita than anywhere else in Canada. Artists, writers, musicians and free spirits.  Our first stop off the ferry was the Sointula Resource Centre to pick up the Sointula Guide for 2017.  And groceries don’t get any fresher than goodies for sale in the garden stand out front.  Monday’s offerings were farm fresh eggs, garlic and assorted jams/jellies.  I love the honour system — you write down what you purchased on a a clipboard and leave your cash in the slot.  Our next stop was the Co-op Store where I found some organic instant oatmeal made in BC.  Because it’s a store owned & operated by the people there are always different items than we find at our grocery store.  We then wandered across the road to Upper Crust Bakery where I was thrilled to find a loaf of pulla — Finnish sweet cardamom bread.  My mouth is watering just thinking about toasted pulla with butter and homemade jam 😀 Chatting with the owner Victor we found out with a bit of notice he’ll bring baked goods to Port McNeill on Mondays.  After sharing a delicious cinnamon roll, sausage roll and ham & cheese croissant with my fellow travellers we’ll be calling him very soon.

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Sointula is a Finnish word meaning “place of harmony”

After cruising the main drag we made our way to Burger Barn at the Boat Harbour. Sitting at an oceanfront picnic table we dove into scrumptious homemade cheeseburgers & fries.  An added bonus was being serenaded by two guitar playing locals.

We had all afternoon to explore before catching the 4:25 ferry.  Made our way to the other side of the island to Bere (pronounced “bear”) Point.  Even traveling with a one-year-old we managed to walk with the stroller for a bit of the Beautiful Bay Trail and finally ditched it with mama carrying baby the rest of the way to the platform at Malcolm Point.  Stunning views of Queen Charlotte Strait and the Coastal Mountains.  Walking the entire trail takes 5 hours round trip and depending on damage from winter storms it’s not always open the whole way.  There’s a caretaker’s shack in the campground parking lot with information if you’re not sure.

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Bere Point Park & Beautiful Bay Trail

Before we had to line up at the ferry terminal we had time to relax on the beach past the Finnish cemetery on the Kaleva Road.  With nobody in sight in either direction we happily plunked ourselves on driftwood with faces turned up to the sun.  Bowen is happy no matter what his surroundings — picking up and throwing rocks pleased him to no end.

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On Monday eager to take advantage of another sunny day, our merry band of adventurers packed up for a trip to Telegraph Cove.  When you travel with a little person preparation takes time and effort.  Stroller, toys, baby bag with diapers & change of clothes.  Check.  Snacks, sippy cup, soother and sun hat.  Check.  Safe to proceed.

We brought our own picnic with homemade macaroni salad and picked up some fresh buns & deli meat on the way. Topped off with specialty coffees from Sea Horse Cafe we sat and watched the comings and goings in the harbour. Fishing boats, kayakers and visitors from around the world make their way to Telegraph Cove.

The yard of foxglove in front of one of the homes in the Cove stopped us all in our tracks. Glorious !!  I’ve learned since then that they are a biennial plant meaning they bloom the second year and then die. But each flower contains seeds so they spread like crazy.  And the last picture is my favourite.  Bowen fell asleep from the time we left the Cove and drove to the campsite so we could hike the short trail to Bauza Cove.

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Telegraph Cove — launch point for whale watching, kayaking, fishing

Still on the list of North Island day trips this summer is Port Alice.  I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never visited Devi’s Bath or the Eternal Fountain.   And it’s been a few years since I’ve been to Alert Bay — walked through the Ecological Reserve or visited U’Mista Cultural Centre.

I’m throwing out a challenge — to explore your own corner of the world.  To family and friends we wish you a HAPPY CANADA DAY 🇨🇦

Hugs from the beach…

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This beautiful orchid sits on the windowsill in our kitchen. It thrives in spite of my “oops when did I water the flowers last?” gardening style.  Unbelievable how it keeps on blooming in that tiny shaded corner.  Pretty in pink catches my eye dozens of times a day while I’m looking out to see what’s new on the beach.  The orchid and the view both make me smile — something that happened a lot this long weekend.

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After making sure all is right with the world my morning ritual continues.  But before an egg is cracked or a piece of bacon hits the frying pan I…must…ingest…caffeine.  Tea or coffee.  Doesn’t matter,  I’m an equal opportunity caffeine fan.  I haven’t counted but there’s got to be 20 or 30 different kinds of tea in the cupboard.  Coffee however only has to be hot and strong to work for me and this morning I passed on the 1% milk and treated myself to real cream.  This whimsical mug is one of my favourites given to me by our housekeeping staff.  Ladies, thanks again — I do feel pretty fantastic for 50 something 🙂

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There was so much activity out on the water this weekend.  Fishing boats, helicopters, eagles, a cruise ship and Harry the Heron dropped in for a meal.  We have two cameras sitting on the counter always ready with batteries charged for moments like these.  This is the biggest heron we’ve seen on our beach.  Their patience and slow motion hunting maneuvers are mesmerizing.

  2015-05-17 17.01.53Sunday was perfect for a bike ride to Telegraph Cove.  Blue skies filled with marshmallow clouds and dozens of eagles soaring overhead near the sea soil plant.  Disappointingly we didn’t see any black bears and we know they’re around.  Dozens of divers took over accommodations at the cove this weekend for their annual get together.  Stepping past dozens of air tanks and wet suits we followed the smell of bbq down the boardwalk — salmon & ribs one of the specials at the Killer Whale Café.  Instead Chris and I both chose the seafood linguine which our server told us is famous.  For good reason — it was a plate of deliciousness.  Prawns, salmon, mussels and scallops mixed into the creamiest, cheesiest sauce piled onto a bed of linguine.

When we got back our b&b guests visiting from Aldergrove were excited to tell us about a whale they’d seen from our beach while we were gone.  Husband and wife traveled on their motorcycles for their first trip to the North Island but they’re looking forward to coming back with trailer and boat so they can explore the Archipelago.  Disappointed to have missed the whale show my Dad called this morning to say “look out your window there’s a whale headed your way close to shore.”  He wasn’t kidding.  Apparently this gray whale has been hanging out for a few days waiting for low tide to drag his big tongue along the beach for crabs and fish.  We definitely served up breakfast and a show this morning !!  My cup isn’t half full it’s positively overflowing !!

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 Happy long weekend to all.  Blessings from the beach…

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