We started our vacation by taking flights from Regina to Vancouver and then Vancouver over to Victoria. Victoria is an urban-girl anglophile's dream. Tiny boutique stores are tucked in between cafes. British flags are prominent and in the people you find a delicate mix of Seattle mentality and gracious British Columbia hospitality. There are funky clothing stores, and the requisite tourist traps with their tchotchkes. Float planes glide out of the sky to land in Inner Harbour in front of the Parliament building and The Empress hotel (a former hotel that served as a terminating point for many a Canadian Pacific steamship voyage).
The next day, we stopped in at our favourite church in Victoria. On our first visit, we stumbled across it and it is gorgeous. The organ pipes in the back reach up high, high, high and the stations of the cross are reflected in a variety of paintings donated to the church by individual artists -- each one unique, creative, and reflective. We signed the registry book, just as we had two years before and took a little walk up the aisle to marvel at the space, the rose window, and the history of the place.
|Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria|
|Our man, Mike!|
|Along Half Moon Bay Trail|
No trip to Tofino is complete without a stop at the Tofitian for some amazing coffee and good local vibe. I love this place! It is the tiniest of coffee shops and they produce the best soy latte I've ever tasted. Dave and I like hanging out there on their outdoor seats, sipping our bevvies, and watching as everyone from backpackers to young families make their way through the doors of the shop. We spent the afternoon walking along the beach, recounting the memories from our wedding day, and then dressing up for our planned dinner at Sobo (they catered our wedding). The food was awesome -- although we might have indulged just a little too much with tofu pockets, a yummy local beet salad, a mushroom pizza, a delicious veggie curry bowl, and a flourless chocolate cake...sooo good! We took advantage of the time together to reminisce and express gratitude for one another. I am very lucky to have Dave in my life!
The next day concluded our trip to Tofino and we were back on the road to Victoria. We couldn't pass up a second walk through the Cathedral even though it was pouring rain and the trail was super muddy. Just breathing in the fresh air and walking among the tall trees was enough to make us want to turn around, head back into Tofino and live a hermit-like existence on the coast. Alas, it was not to be. We returned to our accommodations on the naval base and prepped for our return to Moose Jaw the next day.
|Me inside a tree (those are all the roots) in the Cathedral.|
We are grateful for our time away and for the time we had to reconnect and unwind. It was ideal. You can put me on a plane headed west any day of the week...I won't complain.
I'll post more pics of the trip in my next post, but for now...we miss you, Tofino and we can't wait to come back. In the meantime, we'd love it if you rooted for us as Dave and I tackle the Saskatchewan Marathon this weekend! I am running to support Women for Women International's Run for Congo Women (you can find out more by clicking on the link to the left!). Cheers and thanks for your support!