Friday, June 26, 2015

Gabriola Island

The Malaspina Galleries of Gabriola Island...
Gabriola's Malaspina Galleries

Carved by wind and waves...
The artistry of wind and waves...
Over the years I've managed to cycle many of the Gulf Islands off Vancouver Island. The latest was Gabriola Island off Nanaimo where you can find the Malaspina Galleries.

They are a geological formation created by wind and wave erosion which have undercut the sandstone cliffs and carved out alien-esque shapes and curves.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tribune Bay

The fantastic beach at Tribune Bay on Hornby Island...
Hornby Island's amazing beach..
Tribune Bay on Hornby Island is one of the best beaches on the coast. The fine sand goes on forever and the water is hardly more than waist deep at most. As you emerge from the bushes onto the beach, you almost expect to see a pirate ship at anchor in the turquoise waters of the protected harbour.

Unfortunately, the photo above doesn't do justice to the tropical colour of the water.

And because this beach is located on Hornby, I have never ever seen it remotely crowded with people.

Overlooking the bay and water is "The Llama", an appropriately shaped piece of nine-foot-high driftwood that stands upright. I have no idea if it is actually called "The Llama"... I overheard one woman refer to it as such so I assume that's what the locals have taken to calling it.

The "Llama of Tribune Bay"...
The Llama overlooks the beach...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wayback Wednesday: Another visit with Tempest Grace Gale

Sunlight touches the face of an angel...
Tempest Grace Gale... ever present...
The final entry in my previous blog, Alternate Tales from The West Coast Cafe, was the story of my encounter with Michael Gale, the father of Tempest Grace Gale.

I'm not a believer in God or the supernatural but, if anything were to convince me that there is more to this universe than meets the eye, it would have been my encounter with Michael Gale.

It had always been my intention to return to visit Tempest's final resting place once again. Last week I made a special cycling trip to Hornby Island to visit her. In the mid-morning light, the tall trees around the cemetery cast shadows over the grounds. However, as I approached Tempest's burial site in the mid-morning light, a single shaft of sunlight pierced the canopy to illuminate the face of the angelic headstone that marks her grave.

I just had to smile. Yes, I think that Tempest was making her presence known once again.

R.I.P Tempest Grace Gale
RIP, Tempest Grace Gale...

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sage advice...

The end of the jetty at Fishermans Wharf in Victoria, BC...
Well, they're not lying!
... found at the end of a jetty at Fishermans Wharf in Victoria.