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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Next stop was The Old Town Bakery!

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The Old Town Bakery in Ladysmith, B.C. has so many good things that it was hard to decide what to get.

The cinnamon buns were a must, I chose a chocolate pecan one and a basic cinnamon with slivered almonds both exceeded my expectations and were so good!

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I also chose a strawberry tart that had my name all over it:

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I rounded out my order with peanut butter cookies, some buns and a mental image of the treats I was leaving behind. They have peanut butter cup cookies! A large peanut butter cookie with a whole Reese’s Peanut Buttercup in the centre, next time I’m definitely getting one!

My first visit to The Old Town Bakery will not be my last!

Sea Lions! Or maybe just rocks…….

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While on the boat we were about to turn around and head back when Kat, my wonderful, wonderful roommate, said “Sea Lions!”

Nathan our guide said he didn’t think so but Kat was adamant. I must say that Kat has extraordinary sight and sees things others miss often. Which is awesome. I couldn’t see them but if you’ve travelled with me you know if you point something out to me it suddenly becomes invisible. What, where? I don’t see it?

Nathan got the boat captain to turn the boat to go see the sea lions. As we got closer we could see something. Was it? Could it be? It was possible we had seen one go under the bridge as we drove into the Jökulsárlón parking lot. How cool to see two chilling on an iceberg!

Then we realized, not sea lions. Rocks. Two big black rocks chilling on an iceberg.

For the rest of the tour I would often point at a big black rock and yell “Sea Lion!”

Kat would then hit me and tell me to shut up…. but giggle a little as well. It was funny and Nathan and the boat captain were wonderful for even trying to get us close to the sea lions.

Nathan Our Wonderful Host Jökulsárlón Boat

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On the boat we had Nathan as our guide. He spoke about the icebergs, whey they are blue. Something to do with the the way the light refracts through the ice.

Also how pure the ice is and how clear, he explained all this while hugging a huge block of ice. He was very passionate about the ice. He also explained the about the wildlife in the area, including sea lions!

Then he offered everybody a small chunk of pure ice. It was just like a chunk of ice but I couldn’t refuse from such a handsome enthusiastic guide.

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Where are the dogs?

Icelandic Sheepdog

We had been on our tour for about four or five days when I asked “Where are the dogs?”

“What?” answered our guide.

“Where are the dogs?”, I asked again. “This is the perfect place for dogs, wide open fields, fresh air, lots of space. I’m just surprised we haven’t seen more dogs. There were a few dogs at the one farm but other than that I haven’t really seen any”.

I was assured that there were dogs and we would see some that night at the Guesthouse and after getting past the creepy Raven at the reception desk (see yesterday’s post) I discovered these two out back.
Icelandic Sheepdog and lab

She was older and allowed to wander around, taunting the young pup in the back who was on a leash.

These were her other friends, they wandered around keeping an eye on everything. My first meeting with the Icelandic sheepdog. Lovely dogs and if I could I would have taken one home with me. After this I started seeing more and more dogs and felt much better.
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Greetings!

Welcome Guesthouse
This is how we were welcomed outside one of our guesthouses.

Cute right? Also there was this cute little couple to greet us as well.
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It all looks good and welcoming, can’t wait to go in and meet the lovely people inside.

Once inside this is what greets you at the reception desk, SQUAWK!
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I thought it was hilarious but it really creeped a few in our group out.