Monday, March 30, 2020

Sunrise at 20.8478° N

The sun comes up over the horizon off Mexico...
A panorama of gold and blue...
Sunrise over the Caribbean off the coast near Puerto Morelos, Mexico...

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Where have all the people gone...

Sounthern Vancouver Island beaches closed to visitors during the COVID crisis...
Abandoned beaches...
A few days ago, beaches such as this one to the west of Victoria on Vancouver Island would be teeming with beachcombers, families enjoying the spring sunshine, surfers...

As of yesterday, they will be deserted thanks to the ongoing global COVID crisis. It became evident to local government that the sheer number of people flooding to the area to escape the restrictions imposed in the city simply moved the problem to the surrounding communities.

In response to the lack of physical distancing being practiced, the decision was made to shut the beaches.

Realistically, there probably isn't a way to enforce it, but hopefully people will understand the need and respect the ban.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Sunrise at 48.8476° N

The Feb sun rises over BC's Mayne Island...
The sun's rays appear over Mayne Island...
Mayne Island BC off the east coast of Vancouver Island lies just south of the 49th parallel.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Winning battles / Losing wars

Numerous plastic bits litter the beach near Puerto Moreles in Mexico..
Plastic and foam among the seaweed of a Mexican beach...
During our stay in Mexico we took a stroll to the nearby village of Puerto Morelos. Just off the waterfront is a large protected marine park. Tour boats take visitors out to snorkel among the marine wildlife.

As we strolled along the beach though, it was disheartening to see how much plastic debris there was along the shoreline.

The climate crisis has brought into sharp focus other abuse we are heaping on the natural environment such as our overuse of disposable plastic.

Sometimes I wonder: Are we in the middle of a battle -- or a war -- to save ourselves from ourselves?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Top of the island

The line of mountains down Vancouver Island's spine...
Vistas at the top of Mt Washington...
My wife and I went skiing this past weekend at Vancouver Island's Mt Washington.

It was a 10/10 day... sunny with freshly groomed snow that had just the right 'bite' to it. 

And few crowds despite the excellent conditions. That may have had something to do with the COVID-19 virus which is spreading across the globe. 

Many public venues and events are closing down in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. Mt Washington itself had already cancelled the rest of the season's social events. 

It was a good thing we went skiing when we did. Two days later management decided to shut down all operations on the mountain, effectively ending the ski season about three weeks early.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Morning breakfast

Breakfast over the bay...
Warm sun, good food, excellent company...
Both mornings during our Galiano stay, I picked up some coffee and some very tasty baked goods from a nearby cafe/bakery.

We enjoyed them from our very private balcony which overlooked the resort grounds and the main ferry terminal of Sturdies Bay.

In the warm mid-morning sun, we were happy to eat our breakfast while watching the ferry traffic go by.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Lover's Leap

A memorial overlooks Lover's Leap on Galiano Island...
A cliff... and a memorial. Is there an ominous connection here?
If you drive along Galiano's length, you'll pass Lover,s Leap. It's a viewpoint overlooking Wallace Island and Trincomali Channel from Bodega Ridge Provincial Park. The drop to the water below is pretty significant. If you were to tumble off the edge, you'd hit a few ledges and trees on the way down before you hit the water.

I have no idea how/if Lover's Leap earned its name. My wife and I stopped to take some photos and we noticed two things:

i. The protective chain link was missing. And there was no warning sign to keep wayward dogs or children away from the edge.

ii. There was a memorial of some sort at the site.

It was disturbing to contemplate what the implications of these facts, but no Internet research on my part has turned up any tragic stories.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

The Sea Wave lives!

The blue boat on Galiano Island...
The Sea Wave circa 2015...
It was more than five years ago that I first featured the land-locked Sea Wave in this blog. It was partially hidden in the undergrowth that marked the entrance to Galiano Island's native reserve.

I decided to see if it was still around during our recent Galiano Island adventure. We drove out to the end of the road, parked and I hiked down the hill.

Sure enough, the Sea Wave was still there, although she looked worse for wear. Despite having lost her superstructure to the wind and elements, her bright blue paint was surprisingly unfaded.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Galiano getaway--Part 2

The main accommodations at the Galiano Inn...
Lush greenery at the Galiano...
Galiano Inn is an intimate resort. It has only ten rooms and ten villa suites.

Our room was at the end of the main accommodations block. It was very private, bright and spacious with great views of the main harbour.

We were doubly blessed in that the end-February weather was sunny and unseasonably warm.

The best view in the house...
The best view in the house...

Monday, March 2, 2020

Galiano getaway

The main sign at the Galiano Inn greets visitors...
The sign that greets visitors to the Galiano Inn...
Every February, my wife and I do a mid-winter spa getaway to a local resort. It's a chance to beat the mid-winter blues, and also celebrate the combination of our anniversary, her birthday and Valentine's Day.

This year, we stayed at the Galiano Inn on nearby Galiano Island. Galiano is one of the southern Gulf Islands off the east coast of southern Vancouver Island.

We'll be looking at more of Galiano and the Inn in posts to come...

The morning sun lights up the Galiano Inn...
The Galiano Inn lit by the rising sun...