We made it to Victoria, British Columbia late Thursday night after a fun ferry ride from Port Angeles, Washington. We discussed the adventures we wanted to have over the next few years. Hunter is convinced he wants a boat and wakeboard. Steve talked to Hunter about taking a hunting trip on horseback. I suggested taking the girls to New York City for a few days – shopping and a show! I guess the difference between girls and boys makes the world go round
After a good night’s rest, we left for a day of beaches and nature. We drove to Sidney by the Sea to look for seals and the glass beach. The glass beach was a let-down, but the kids catching crabs nearby was a big hit. These crabs were about 1-2 inches big and scurried quickly when you moved the rock they were living under. After a quick jaunt through the shops and an old bookstore (since 1947), we left for the Butterfly Center.
What a fascinating place. We found caterpillars, chrysallis and multitudes of butterflies. We kept chasing the blue one to take a picture and discovered it was the hardest one to photograph. When it lands, it immediately closes its wings so all you see is the brown underneath side. The top side is a gorgeous irridescent blue.
The largest one was an ??Angel Moth, about 12 inches across. The tips of its wings look like snake eyes. This moth lives 4-5 days, long enough to mate and lay eggs. It doesn’t eat as an adult; it has not mouth. The caterpillar is solid white, about 4 inches long, and eats tremendously.
Next we drove up the beautiful coast, looking for harbor seals or sea lions. No luck! We did have fun with a rock throwing contest. No one hit the pylons in the water, but there were many rocks that landed within a foot.
We visited a few wineries, but none of them had the flavor we enjoy. One of them was interesting with blackberry and raspberry wines.
The scenery in the area is outstanding. Mountains, large trees and water…what more could you ask for, except a little warmer weather in the summer!
We took a break at the hotel before heading out for dinner. Off we went to Oak Bay, hoping to find some seals. We stopped at the marina to walk among the boats. We were told the seals will hang out there, hoping to find a fish lying on the pier. Actually, the marina sells fish pieces so you can feed the local harbor seals. Steve immediately returned up to the marina for some fish. All of them fed the seal. He would swim over for a bite and swim away. The kids kept saying he looks like a dog that swims well.
We returned to Oak Bay street to eat a bite. This is the most traditional British area in the Victoria area. The Blethering Place is a tea room that serves dinner. Since high tea would be a waste of money, with no one eating the sandwices and desserts, we enjoyed the atmosphere with British food. You could choose from kidney pie and bangers. Unfortunately the nightly entertainment wasn’t there this Friday night.
Driving back to our hotel was fantastic as we drove along Beach Drive. Gorgeous homes and sunset provided the backdrop for our drive. Once we got back to the hotel, we walked around the marina outside our hotel. We hoped for more seals, but only found cool boats.