Blogs from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, North America - page 3


Visiting Greg and Irene in Nanaimo. Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It has been dubbed the "Bathtub Racing Capital of the World" and "Harbour City". Nanaimo is also sometimes referred to as the "Hub City" because of its central location on Vancouver Island and due to the layout of the downtown streets which form a "hub" pattern. It is also fondly known as the "Hub, Tub, and Pub City" because of its association with the bathtub racing and the numerous "watering holes" in Old Nanaimo.... read more

Today was somewhat sad: I had to leave Ocean Island. It's such a funky place, and when I come to the island again, I'll stay here. I bought a VIARail ticket to Nanaimo, one way for $17.50. As I made my way to the station at 7:00am, another girl who was on the shuttle bus yesterday was headed to the train, also going to Nanaimo! So we chatted for a bit, and she suggested we could split a budget car rental or something. I'll think about it, but my ticket to Tofino is pretty cheap. My first time being in a train was pretty nice! It's like being on the Greyhound, except with a lot more leg room, larger seats, and larger isles. The Malahat ride was pretty scenic. It goes through the smaller areas of ... read more

9th July 2008 Woke up at 6.30 for another encounter with Eddie and Liz the bald eagles. When Eddie comes for his food it is impossible to catch him on camera without tripod and cable release so I concentrated on catching him in his favorite tree waiting for Simon to appear with his chicken. After an excellent breakfast we were ready for our next adventure a 4 hour sea kayaking trip which was also billed as a wildlife trip. We were ready at the park which is 2 minutes from Sue's place where the kayaks were laid out ready. Bob and I were going in a double kayak and Amy and Richard in single kayaks. The kayaks were all very new and smart and very well equipped with safety equipment and even had rudders to help ... read more
Grass paddling
The gang
Amy kayaking

6th July 2008 This morning we checked out of the hotel around 9-15am to catch the train from Victoria to Ladysmith.When we arrived at the station we were very glad Amy had booked our tickets as the train was full , all tickets sold. It was full of two large parties of Japanese and the train only had two carriages. It left promptly at 10.00 but the guard did not seem to mind stopping at odd intervals along the way out of Victoria to pick up stragglers. It was a very scenic journey high up on the hillside overlooking lakes and thickly wooded trees. The small stations we stopped at had seen better days and most were falling down or boarded up. We pulled into Ladysmith Station, which was boarded up, at 12.15 and were met ... read more
Arrival at Ladysmith
Main Line
Oyster Cove from the beach

So, I'm back at home, but I wish I was still out on the ship. Hopefully I wont have to wait too long until my next contract as I've officially been changed to Youth Staff for my next trip. The only problem is that I don't have another contract right now and have to wait until they find me a new one. Although, maybe I'll get a chance to go somewhere other then Alaska. I didn't mind it up there, but it really seemed a lot like BC so it didn't feel like that much of an adventure. Now that it's done though, I really did have a good time and can't wait to go again. Met some pretty cool people but didn't really get the chance to get to know them that well since I ... read more
Tracy Arm

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo December 31st 2007

Well I am leaving in a few days now and I decided to get a travel blog. I think it will be easier this way to keep in touch with everyone and to get my awesome pictures and tales of adventure out to my adoring public. Thats really all I have to say for now and I will talk to you soon. P.s I am not really sure how to blog but I do like the word blog.......BLOG... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo November 26th 2006

well, this wasn't planned. it is still snowing for those of you who read my blog yesterday. it's snowing a hell of a lot.... we are starting to see domestic flight cancellations and I am still on the island...not sure how to get to Vancouver yet. I'll post IF i make it to the airport this evening.... until then..... s :(... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo November 26th 2006

I know this posting was supposed to be on the day I leave and likely from the airport in Vancouver...however, as I watched the apple tree in my front yard sound off a shotgun-like crack and split down the centre from the weight of the snowfall today, I started to wonder if things were going sour. Hmmmm, as you can see from the pictures, someone at least is thrilled with the idea of snowfall this year on Vancouver Island. I, not-so-much. It is beautiful and it does have a nice softness and coziness to it, but if it means grounded planes or ferry shut downs I may be a bit cranky in the morning.... T minus 31 hours: 22 minutes...and counting. I must not do anything to anger the Gods of Fate and Karma this evening....I ... read more
The backyard is lost .....

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo November 25th 2006

Mmmmmmmm....M is for Massage! P is for pedicure! I know I'm heading to a place known for it's massage, but c'mon....who can turn down a trip to a Spa? Besides, when am I going to find time for a massage when there are 14 little kids to look after? Lici and I spent the afternoon at Tigh Na Mara Resort in Parksville, (20 minutes from Nanaimo)....AWESOME....ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It's a bit excessive, maybe, to do this before the trip, but what better preparation than a perfect pedicure, soak in the mineral bath (check out the Grotto Spa pics on their site) and a relaxation massage....and of course lunch and a "few" martinis in the Tree Top I just had to share that! Well, Plans are on track for our departure. Except for the snowfall we are expecting, ... read more
Thumbs up for Readiness!

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Nanaimo November 21st 2006

MILES Q: Where are we going? A: Thailand to the orphanage. Q: What will we do there? A: Play at the beach and at the orphanage. Play with Gai and play with all the toys mom bought for the airplane. Lots of kids are there for me to play with and I will have fun with mom. Q: What will we see there? A: Birds, I don't know...houses...scooters. Nothing else. Q: How will we get there? A: One taxi, three airplanes and a boat and that’s it. Then we are there. Q: What will we eat? A: Food. Like the stuff mom made...I don't know what it was called. fry bugs...but whatever, I don't like fried bugs...but I'll try it. Q: What special thing will you bring from home? A: My magnets. I like them, they ... read more
The baby staying behind...
The babies I'm going to see...

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