Thursday, September 25, 2014

Future past

Stand up paddleboarding (aka SUP) is one of the fastest growing recreations on the West Coast. It's one of those activities that can be as challenging as you care or dare to make it.

My wife and I rented a couple of boards during our recent island vacation and enjoyed it so much we bought a board to add to the two kayaks that we already own.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Strange formations

The one road to Tofino on Vancouver Island is a twisty, turn-y, mostly single lane drive. Along the way you go past Taylor Creek which is worth stopping for.

The huge rocks in the river have been ground by erosion – glacial and river – into these fantastic organic shapes. Strange curves and bowls have been carved into the stone. It’s a unique landscape.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


While strolling the beaches of Long Beach, we noticed what appeared to be hundreds -- maybe thousands -- of clear glass beads littering the beach and glittering in the late afternoon sun. On closer examination they looked like giant water drops.

They were sea gooseberries, a small jellyfish-like critter that normally floats around with tentacles. However, when they wash ashore they pull their tentacles in.

Unlike jellyfish, sea gooseberries don't have tentacles that sting. A good thing as you'd probably never notice these things floating in the water with you.