We’re always up early on road trips, and Day 2 was no exception. Nice little breakfast at the James Bay Inn (highly recommend it!), followed by a short tour along the southern edge of Victoria, including a close-up look at a big cruise ship and a quick photo session at Clover Point, sharing my spot with the many birders watching the fall migratory birds on the water.
Then, just as we started north, the rain began to fall. I had been hoping to see across the water at Sydney, but by the time we got there, it was fogged in and pouring down. So we turned around and then headed to the southwestern part of the island. We were in luck (at least for a while) and the sun came out just in time for this shot in Sooke.
We continued up the west side of the island, despite downpours and drizzle taking turns amusing us as we motored along, warm and dry in our little car. Just about the time I wondered if we would ever see a sign of civilization, we hit the tiny town of Port Renfrew. A lovely little cafe with home-cooked food, well-appointed bathrooms, and locals having a visit was our lunch stop before facing more rain and more driving, this time across the island. But before we got away from Port Renfrew, I did manage to get one shot, just east of town.
And my Dad liked these ferns, so I took a quick shot before the rain got me and my camera.
The Pacific Marine Road was a twisty little thing, half logging road (whoa, that one logging truck almost took my fender off!) and half paved surface barely wide enough for me and an RV to squeeze by each other. Still, it was worth it because for large stretches of time, it was just us and the scenery.
Finally, we reached Nanaimo, our home for the next two nights. After the day spent so far from traffic and the trappings of civilization, it was a bit of a shock to see fast food places, four-lane highways, and tall buildings. Our magical journey through the heart of Vancouver Island was over, at least for today.