Island Idyll

A Helpful Ferry Map - Pins  Not Relevant!

A Helpful Ferry Map – Pins Not Relevant!

Close to 1,000 miles ago, I was standing on a wooden deck at a small cabin overlooking a beautiful bay in the Gulf Islands…specifically, Salt Spring Island – a verdant, lovely and quiet retreat during this now nearly two month long journey across the North American continent.  Exploring Salt Spring Island with generous Canadian cousins was the first “vacation-like” experience of the trip thus far.  We aren’t going to move to British Columbia, Canada, as appealing as much of that incredibly beautiful country has been…though there are moments (especially during U.S. election years!) when it seems like a good idea.

Blue Barn Door

Blue Barn Door

Local Produce

Local Produce

Charming, Odd

Charming, Odd

The climate is gentle in the Gulf Islands and the scenery gorgeous, whether on foot, bike, or boat.  Our couple of hour sea-kayak trip took us out of Ganges Harbor in slightly rough seas and with the wind at our bow.  The return was quicker and less strenuous and so we tucked into small rocky coves to explore, surprising a heron and looking for the seals that would normally sun on the rocks.  No sun that morning, but rippling waves, murmuring winds and red cheeks announcing our effort.  The harbor was filled with sail boats, motor boats and a tug or two – one was for sale, and we’re fortunate there was no one home to welcome us aboard, or whimsy or momentary insanity might have found us the new owners…

A Century Old, Lovely

A Century Old, Lovely

Sheep and Fences

Sheep and Fences

Lovely Salt Spring Island, kind cousins, snug beds and no internet.  Pretty much Paradise…for a while.

Sunset

Sunset

Storm off Salt Spring Island

Storm off Salt Spring Island

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