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Peekaboo

Peekaboo, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

There are a lot of unique features in the Butchart Gardens, including this little spot to peek through out to a tiny harbor.

Leaving and Arriving

Leaving and Arriving, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Later Tuesday morning we ventured out with Mary and Martin to grab some breakfast at a local bagel place and then walk around a bit more in the city. We found ourselves walking across the Johnson Bridge and then around the harbor. Sea planes are very common here. Every time we were down by the harbor we saw several come and go.

Rock Climber

Rock Climber, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Weston was quite the rock climber during this trek. Poor guy, he had to be on his leash on the Juan de Fuca trail, but he was a trooper and did amazingly well.

Pools

Pools, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We had to be careful walking around on the rocks… one miss step and you’d end up in a four foot pool. Kind of looked like the moon… with water.

Sunken Pool

Sunken Pool, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

This is one of the pools at Botanical Beach. It doesn’t really do justice to it. For one, you can’t really tell that this thing was about three or four feet deep.

Botanical Beach

Botanical Beach, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

As we wandered along the trail of Juan de Fuca we eventually made it to the Botanical Beach. This place was amazing. There were huge pools sunken in the rock. Some several feet deep and loads of wild life living in these pools. Pretty spectacular and like nothing I’d ever seen.

At Botany Bay

At Botany Bay, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

A large part of our day was spent hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail and enjoying places like Botany Bay along the trail. This was a splendid spot. Great opportunity for taking photos.

The Unnamed Beach

The Unnamed Beach, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Beach on Vancouver Island, B.C.

Driftwood

Driftwood, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Monday, during our drive up and around parts of Vancouver Island North of Victoria, we stopped briefly at a beach who’s name I can’t remember. It was pretty cool actually. Hardly anyone on it. Loads of stakes out attached to what we imaged to be some sort of lobster pots, or shrimp pots, or crab pots… who knows for sure. We never saw the pots, only the stakes and the line. There was also some awesome driftwood lying around and a great selection of rocks on the beach. We took pictures of the driftwood and brought some of the rocks home.

Lake Cowichan

Lake Cowichan, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Lake Cowichan, Vancouver Island, B.C.

Looking at Lake Cowichan

Looking at Lake Cowichan, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Mary, Martin, and Weston down on the banks of Lake Cowichan.

Walking The Path

Walking The Path, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

We stopped at Cowichan Lake and then walked the forest walk and floating walkway trail. Very cool and an absolutely gorgeous spot.

Malahat Lookout

Malahat Lookout, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Monday we decided to once again head out to the wilderness. Our first stop, Malahat Lookout. From here you get a pretty great view to the east. Far off in the distance is San Juan Island, Washington, U.S.A.

French Beach

French Beach, originally uploaded by Tokenhippygirl.

Sunday late afternoon and early evening we took a drive to the western side of Vancouver Island, not too far out of Victoria, to check out a beach. We landed at French Beach. This was Martin, enjoying the quiet and taking in the scene.