Pipers Lagoon Hiking

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After swimming at Pipers Lagoon I want for a walk.

Walking towards the end of the beach there is an area that has trails that lead to all sorts of beautiful views. It really is a wonderful place. The trails are all short and easy to follow. There is also a calmer bay on the one side that when the tide is in is a perfect place to swim in calm waters. While the tide is out you can walk across the whole bay or even see a deer:

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Otherwise stick to the paths and discover lots of scenic lookout locations:

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Pipers Lagoon Swimming

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As I said on Monday my plans for the weekend were changed but not all was lost! First I went to the Cedar Farmers Market and then in the afternoon we went to Pipers Lagoon.

It is so beautiful and on a hot day it was just what I wanted. We started by settling on the beach and then going for a swim. I’d been swimming a lot in the local pool, well swimming is a bit of a stretch what I do is more of a mean doggy paddle, anyway I’d forgotten how fun the ocean is to swim in. How much more buoyant you are in salt water. It was also the perfect temperature for the hot day. Cool going in but once in it was lovely.

There were quite a few people there but not enough to make it crowded.

I went with my landlady and her sister and we bobbed around, floated on our backs and chatted away in the water. It was a lovely time.

Once out of the water the fun wasn’t over, there is a walk to do as well!
Those pictures will be my next post but for now here are a few more of the beach and one of some GREEN seaweed. I don’t know why but seaweed fascinates me, probably from growing up in landlocked Alberta it’s still a novelty.

Cool shower on the way to the beach:

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Stretch of beach:

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Rocks at the end of the beach (I thought they looked nice):

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The previously mentioned seaweed!

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Change Of Plans ……

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Above is what I picked up from the Cedar’s Farmers Market, minus the coffee and potato donuts I consumed at the market. The donuts were REALLY good.

I wasn’t suppose to be in Cedar, I was suppose to be on my way to Salt Spring Island but those plans were cancelled because my friend hurt his back. At first I was disappointed, ¬†also hoping my friend is okay and will recuperate quickly. Disappointment though is hard to contain, the planned day had sounded SO GREAT! It involved breakfast, motorcycle riding, a ferry ride, wandering around Victoria ….. amazing right?

But it wasn’t meant to be and so I didn’t know what I was going to do with myself and that’s when my landlady called. Did I want to go to the market in Cedar?

Did I???? YES! So change of plans and change of company, perhaps not as exciting but still a wonderful morning. Also nice to meet her sister and her son came along as well. Being in a new place it’s nice to meet new people and get to know others you’ve already met even more. After a lovely morning wandering around the market I headed home to make a lovely salad for lunch, I couldn’t stop eating those BEAUTIFUL cherry tomatoes. They were so good, sometimes I forget how good something can be until I have a fresh grown locally one.

It’s something I love about Nanaimo, there are so many markets. Fresh local produce is so easy to find and the local grocery store stocks locally grown as well. I would have bought more at the market but I had just been shopping the day before. Timing is everything.

So for buying from the market timing would have been better one day sooner but for turning a disappointing day around it was perfect!

As I was dropped off back home my landlady announced that they were thinking of going swimming at Pipers Lagoon later in the afternoon and invited me along. The day was getting better and better. One door closes another one opens it was a wonderful day.
(Pictures from Pipers Lagoon will be in the next post)

Lucy The Seal And Walking Along The Harbour

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When I go for a walk by the sea wall I always stop on the fishing dock to see if Lucy is there. I’ve heard that is her name, she hangs out there all the time waiting for scraps from the many delighted fans she has.

After the snakes in a tree and frogs scaring the beejezus out of me Lucy makes a nice change. Also the walk along the sea wall is beautiful. It’s an easy path to walk that goes by places to get ice-cream or coffee, winds through Maffeo Sutton Park and continues past the Marina.

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There are also so many beautiful flowers to admire along the way:

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See geese relaxing:

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It’s a good way to start or end a day. It also tends to be a little cooler by the water on those hot days. Also you can watch the planes taking off and landing:

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Also watch boats drift by, the ferry making it’s way over to Gabriola or whatever these guys are doing (the two pictures together make me laugh because I’m so mature….):

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Prince Charming Is That You?

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It was a rainy day and on the walk in Buttertub Marsh we saw a frog. I had seen one earlier but it had jumped out in front of me and scared the beejezus out of me.

I in turn squealed and jumped startling everybody I was with.

Cute little guy, he just stood still, watching us walk by. He patiently posing for the picture and waited for us to leave him alone. I wonder if one of us had kissed him if he would have turned into Prince Charming? I’m not yet ready to take that chance.

One of the ladies in the group had recently joined Plenty of Fish, the dating site. Now we get stories of what she’s finding online. So far kissing the frog sounds like a better bet but one of the other ladies did meet her husband online. I have seen too many true crime shows to date online. In my little head that just never turns out well.

There were also a ton of slugs out on the trail, I always think they are dog poop (even though dogs aren’t allowed on the trail) until I look a little closer. I would take a picture but I’m always to busy going “Ewwww….” to remember. Long gooey, slimy looking things ranging in colour from brown to olive green and some surprisingly large.

So today I learnt that the rain, while it keeps some of the other critters away, brings out the frogs and slugs.

Snake In A Tree

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I’ve been going for walks in Nanaimo with my friend Anne-Marie and a group of ladies that meet to do the loop around Buttertub Marsh. It’s a lovely walk and often we see birds, sometimes a rabbit, there is an orange tabby that shows up every now and then but I did not expect to see the above snake in a tree. Actually if you look closely you can see that it is two snakes in a tree.

Do snakes climb trees? I guess they do. I’ve heard lots of theories on how the snakes got there and opinions on what kinds of snakes they are. I don’t know the answer to either but I’m now taking tree climbing off my list of things to do in Nanaimo.

After a quick google search turns out it’s the common garter snake but there were also pictures of the other snakes found in and around the Nanaimo area. WTF where have I moved? There are several snakes in the area, hopefully the garter snake will be my only encounter. Also if you try to grab it apparently it will release a mixture of musk and feces and fight to get away. If that doesn’t work it will attack and bite you.

Yuck and yikes.

All I wanted was a picture and then we left the two snakes to carry on with whatever they were doing……

Hansel and Gretel Candy Shop

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he last stop in Chemainus was the Hansel and Gretel Candy Shop which reminded me of the candy store in Banff, AB that we always stopped at when we did a trip to the mountains as a family in my younger years. Actually I still always stop at the candy store if I go to Banff.

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Hansel and Gretal has a huge selection of alls sorts of candy, whatever you’re looking for they probably have it.

The ones that made me laugh and I had to get some were the Bonbons!

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They come in an adorable little box and I’ve always believed I should be a lady of leisure, eating bonbons in bed. Now tomorrow morning I will be. They come in many flavours, I really liked the blue raspberry and the cherry. The toffee and chocolate were good as well, actually all the flavours were really good!

Also got some gum balls in wild cherry and root beer flavours. I love anything root beer and the gum balls were very fresh and soft. It’s always disappointing to get old gum balls that are hard and very hard on the teeth. These were not like that at all and the flavour lasted for quite awhile.

After the candy shop we got a screemer from the ice cream store out back, they layer slushy with soft ice-cream. Very tasty!

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Charming Chemainus

The next stop was Chemainus, a charming town know for it’s murals:

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It seems that every shop has a mural in Chemainus, including the Post Office:

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Then we stopped at the beach:

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Love this guy:

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It was a beautiful sunny day. Watching the families play and looking out at the bay it was a nice stop to sit and just soak up the sun. Also to have a lovely conversation with my friend who had moved to the area a few years before. It was a similar story to mine and he loved the change in lifestyle, the pace, the weather, the diversity of things to do in the area. He was a wonderful guide for the day, filling me in on things to do, some history and interesting tid bits about the area.

Thank you Rob!

It’s also a reminder that if you are going somewhere, to visit or to live and you know somebody there contact them! There was a time when I wouldn’t have felt that I knew Rob well enough to bother him but if travel has taught me anything it is if you know somebody reach out and say hello. Nine times out of ten they will be happy to see you and show you around, people are generally pretty awesome and if you don’t know them well it’s an opportunity to get to know them better!

Also in Chemainus there was a car show with some pretty awesome vintage cars:

 

 

 

 

 

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And Skulls! (I thought they were very cool…..)

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