Pictures of the eighth leg of the journey to Alaska
We didn't see a 'Welcome to Canada' sign as we arrived at the ferry terminal, so this flag will have to suffice.
Our first kilometer in Canada!
On the blue bridge to Esquimalt.
Robin is snuggled up in her sleeping bag.
Dana is keeping an eye on the waffles.
We truly feel we're in a foreign country. It looks different, it feels different. What an experience.
At the Beacon Hill petting zoo.
A peacock is proudly strutting around.
Cheyenne gives a victory shout as she climbs up the tree.
Jasmine also has a go at it.
Cheyenne knows how to read musical notes and plays away.
Since we're in Canada, we're going to use the metric system. The metric system uses centimeters, meters and kilometers (to name a few). One kilometer equals 0.625 miles. There are 1.6 kilometers in one mile. Km is the abreviation of kilometer.
Supper with Alberto and Esther. Thanks for all the hospitality!
Jasmine in a beautiful flamenco dress, showing her hand puppet.
A double decker transportation bus, the British way.
A crab in the harbor.
Robin looks at the seagull below the pier.
Riding onto the ferry.
Jasmine looks over the side at the foam trail we leave behind.
Looking at Salt Spring Island in the distance.
We're riding on Mill Bay road. Along the water of the Strait of Georgia.
Jasmine has been creative with yard waste. She's picked the seeds from a branch, piled them up together, then broke the branch in like size pieces.
Who is hiding behind the bear plate?
We're in the country.
The girls are playing stick games along an English ivy hedge.
The teeth on the cog are totally shredded to pieces.
A gift from Jasmine: a bouquet of wildflowers for mom.
We're going down to the beach. The girls are planning on swimming!
Yeah! The sun is out!
A shell is covered with barnacles.
A miniature crab runs for cover.
Jasmine is organizing her treasures.
Jasmine keeps on working on the house. It has a table, chair, flower vase and even a tv.
Enjoying the playground at Shawnigan Lake.
Cheyenne finds a well house of what looks like a spring.
View of the Strait of Georgia.
The water in early morning glorie.
Riding along the highway shows a beauty of lupine (purple) and broom (yellow).
Taking the opportunity to take a group picture.
Group picture with our new-old friends.
Riding through the hill country, avoiding busy Duncan.
The red barn is dwarfed by the giant landscape.
Robin enjoys the flowers under the tree.
Robin is climbing a mountain of rocks.
A moonscape on the water.
Splash the puppy time.
Looking for starfish with Bruce.
Girls on the rocks. Snow on the mountains. Starfish in the water. What an abundance of nature.
Cheyenne helps set the table.
Robin and Ziggy.
Jasmine found a little pond in this wild rock formation.
Finding starfish with Robin.
The prints have dried overnight.
New sign! Logging trucks in the area.
Arrival in Nanaimo.
Robin on the ferry.
Cheyenne on the ferry.
Jasmine on the ferry.
The country side of Gabriola Island.
Jasmine in her element: a princess dress and artwork.
The making of bread. At Slow Rise Bakery on Gabriola Island.
Lighting the fire to heat up the oven for the baking process tomorrow.
Filling it up with wood.
It is 4.30 am. The lights in the bakery are on.
Mixing the dough.
Cutting the dough to the proper weight.
Flowering the baskets to put the pre-shaped dough in.
Cleaning the oven before putting the bread (to-be) in it.
The dough is finishing its final rise before going in the oven.
The bread is in the oven.
The final product: fresh bread.
The bread is ready for market.
Other bread creations.
The baguettes on the way to the 'climate chamber'.
The baguettes go through the same proces as the bread.
Shaping the scones.
The scones are ready for market.
Bill works on framing a door.
Being pampered at the hairdresser: At Brent G Hair and Spa
Cheyenne gets a trim by Brent.
Jasmine is enjoying a massage.
Robin is glad to get out of the chair after her trim.
Cheyenne and Robin enjoy the company of Micah.
Jasmine is all trimmed too.
Bill decides whether or not to go for the mohawk.
On the record with Frederic.
Thank you Brent and April!
Amarins: before and after the haircut.
Taking the narrow bike path across the bridge. Bill is amazing in handling the bicycle.
Taking a moment along the highway. The grades are nice, but they're still climbs!
Finally the exit. Take us off this busy highway!
Entering Parksville. (They sure love their big city limits!)
Brent and Niels are checking out Bens work.
Home schoolers group shot!
Jasmine can't quite decide whether she wants the shoe or the castle for her house.
Hey, what's this?
The tracks go off in the wilderness.
Jasmine is looking at the Coastal Range with the telescope.
We're on the starfish route to Campbell River.
A tidbit about Vancouver Island.
Jasmine and Cheyenne help push us up the hill.
The 'last' store!
Road side picnic.
A gorgeous day on the road.
Pretty country side.
One of the many mountains surrounding us.
Farm near Sayward junction.
Cheyenne is measuring up against the tall grass: the grass wins.
Let's start counting!
Downhill. Finally!... But not for long.
The rumbled strip cuts the shoulder up. Too bad. It brings back Georgia memories.
There is a view beyond the trees, trees and trees.
There is no tricking Cheyenne with the camera.
Less then 10 miles to go. Can we make it? YES we can!
We're on the North Island Route to Port Hardy.
Into the trees and into the clouds.
We're looking forward to a picnic at the Nimpkish Lake.
No picnic at the lake. The lake is hidden by trees and trees and trees. This is as much as we see of it. Too bad.
It feels strange not to have the girls aboard. They're riding with Pake and Beppe of course!
The moss on the rocks is an interesting sight.
The sign between the lupines is a very welcoming one.
See you in Port Hardy!
Jasmine's garden project.
Making flower chains.
Robin makes sure there are enough bubbles to do the dishes.
Cheyenne is working on a log cabin.
Waiting in line for boarding.
Robin is taking a nap.
Taking the inside passage.
Blue sky and snow.
We're on the Northern Expedition.
Another stunning view.
Along side ship.
Waterfalls come creeping off the mountains.
Time for a movie.
The girls with their travel buddies from Tazmania!
Arrival in Prince Rupert. It's 10.04pm.