Friday, October 6, 2017
We hiked two pretty trails, the Cable Bay Trail and Nanaimo River Park Trail. The highlight was seeing four River Otters in Cable Bay. Martha went down to the point to get a closer look, and they popped up right in front of her, trying to figure what she was all about. Two eagles were yelling, unable to catch a fish. Maybe they were yelling at the otters, which are very good at catching fish.
The Nanaimo River Park would be a great place to bike. The river looks like it would be fun to canoe or kayak. Back at camp, Martha fixed a great dinner of ratatouille, pork chops and mushrooms.
October 5, 2017
We have the hardest time getting on the same page when we travel and this day was no different. By the time we got in line for the ferry to Vancouver Island, Martha had a headache. The ferry is more like a ship than a ferry with great seating and views, food and shops. It was a perfect day to cross over beautiful waters to Vancouver Island. Blue skies, blue waters and blue mountains looming in the distance surrounded us. i couldn’t keep from walking from side to side to see one spectacular view to another. It was a great day for sailing, and sailboats seemed in a perfect environment.
Getting off at Nanaimo, we headed south to Living Forest Campground and RV Park. It is a big campground and full for the coming Thanksgiving weekend. We drove down to Bowen Park and walked the trail for a while. I was hoping to see salmon coming upstream, but there was very little water in the stream. It has been a dry season for Vancouver Island, like the rest of the northwest. Salmon, however, will wait for the rainy season to begin before heading upstream. As Dick Dudley said, you can set your calendar for October 13.
Then we went down to the boardwalk where people jogged, walked and played in the park. We talked to two photography enthusiasts who were taking a bear viewing trip up Campbell River tomorrow. Mmmm, would love to do that! Nanaimo has a beautiful harbor and harbor walk.