I'm back! It was our annual-ish trip to Powell River, a very small logging town on the west coast of Canada, to visit my mother-in-law, Louise, as well as L's brother. Yes, it's a holiday, but it's also a rough social situation. Travel, anxiety...
- Sweater - cashmere, thrifted; bought for wearing around the house here in November 2014.
- Jeans - Ralph Lauren, consignment; last seen here (2nd outfit) in October 2014
- Boots - Ash; last seen here with a football jersey in January
We headed out early on Thursday. I got some last-minute cuddles with Vizzini.
|"I cuddle begrudgingly."|
Added the octo-coat and a cashmere scarf.
|"To hat or not to hat?"|
Where is Officer Vizzini?
|"Are those travelling backpacks I see?"|
I found him in his little hidey-hole behind the curtains, at the base of his scratching post:
|"I'm just going to sleep here until you get back."|
I always take lots of pictures on the 3-hour drive from Victoria to Courtenay/Comox - it reminds me of what an amazing place we live in.
The start of the Malahat Drive, a steep, winding highway that climbs up from Victoria headed north on the island.
Looking down on Victoria from the top of the Malahat.
We had a lot of fog.
You always want to get past the logging trucks - they are scary-big.
I liked this sign at a car lot outside of Duncan.
As we passed Nanaimo, this fabulous rainbow arced over the highway.
I don't really think about it because I'm so used to it, but there is a lot of logging equipment for sale along the Island Highway.
I got a glimpse of our big-handed friend on the way up!
I like this stretch north of Nanaimo - it's referred to as the "new highway", even though it's been built for over 10 years.
This is what a logging truck looks like without logs on it.
L and I have driven this highway dozens and dozens of times.
|Secret selfie in the rear-view mirror!|
A big long lonely highway.
L and I listen to CDs both ways, and sing along and talk. I love the road-trip aspect of this journey every time.
We've arrived at the ferry terminal in Comox!
That's us in the mirror paying for the ferry, with the pedestrian waiting room through the chain-link fence. It costs $75 one way to take a car with two people to the mainland - it gets more expensive every year!
|Not our car - we rent an SUV because my old bones can't take 3+ hours in our sports car!|
|I see the ferry has arrived, on the right.|
|"I'm an old patrol-cat, makin' the rounds."|
|"Yup, lots of cars."|
L and I head straight for the forward lounge, where we plug in our mp3 players and read for the 1.5 hour sailing time.
The town is built up along the side of the hills, right down to the waterfront.
Coming off the ferry, it's just starting to get dark.
On Friday, we went for lunch at the Shinglemill Pub.
Everything is starting to get green again.
We got up to catch the 7am sailing on Saturday morning. I always worry until I can see the ferry coming in.
And here we go...
Back on the island, driving down into the Comox Valley. Those mountains in the clouds are still on Vancouver Island.
It was rainy on the way down.
There he is! The big-handed gnome!
|"Hello! Look at my huge hands!"|
Some nastiness on the Malahat coming down.
And there's Mount Finlayson.
Back through Goldstream Park.
L and I have been holed up at home all weekend, not really doing anything other than napping and playing games and watching a bit of TV. It's been really restful and relaxing.
On Sunday, we went for brunch with Nick and Karen, so I made an effort - the only effort I made all weekend!
This is my entry for "Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go! Now!
- Sweater - Jeanne Bekker, consignment; last worn here in December 2014 with a tell-tale heart
- Skirt - Plum; last worn here in January (same day as the Ash booties)
- Boots - Prepare Guide, Fluevog; last seen here (2nd outfit) in December 2014 for a weekend brunch.
Actually, that last outfit with the grey boots, the blue sweater and snakeskin skirt - that was my other two-piece outfit that I wore while I was away.
- Necklace - The Bay
- Ear-cuff - Claire's
- Snake and spider rings - homegrown vintage 1985ish
- Red ring - Oscar & Libby's
- Spinner rings - consignment and bought new/local
- Stud earring - can't remember
Vizzini was waiting for us when we got home.
|"Oh, were you gone?"|
|"You better not go back to work!"|
And how the time flies! This Friday is Shoe Shine, Valentine's edition!