Just chillin’

4 Jun

Just sometimes we happen to be in the right place at the right time and when it all comes together its great. While doing my investigations for our Island visit I had come across information for the ‘100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Fair’. This was to be held in Errington not too far from where we were staying in Parksville. I was offered a ride to the event by Angela, a local who I had come into contact with through Ravlery (a knitting and all things woolly web site www.ravelry.com) she collected me around 9.30 and when we arrived at the small local hall I was amazed at how brim full of fibre and yarn it was!

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Fibre from all over the island and the smaller islands around was gathered together in one room! I was overwhelmed… it took about 3 tours of the room for me to get a real feel for everything on offer. I chatted with the producers and locals and had a brilliant morning.

After having had such a full on time with George and Aggie the week before we needed time to decide what we wanted to do next. Monday and Tuesday we spent at Living Forest RV near Nanaimo, we had a lovely site overlooking the water where we could watch the shipping in the channel go up and down, walk a short trail and generally work out our next moves.

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As so often happens the weather plays an important part in these decisions, it looked marginally better in the north of the island so Salmon Point RV and Marina at Campbell River was decided upon for a base. We also booked a vehicle for the week so we could drive out to visit the north island and explore.

We were delighted with our choice of location when we arrived at salmon Point. We had a wonderful view of the coast mountains on the mainland across the water. We could watch the water traffic go north and south, walk the (4mile round trip) beach and woodland trail and to top it off there was a pub and restaurant just 100yds from our door!

The further north you go the more remote and  less populated the island becomes, the roads which are not numerous in the south, become more forest roads when you get away from the main highways. We hired a 4 x 4 vehicle with this in mind. Our first outing was a road trip to Sayward and Kelsey Bay, shown on our map as being a dirt road once you leave the highway 19 it was actually a made up road all the way!

The day was grey and damp but somehow this enhanced the tranquillity and beauty of our destination.

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Former communities which relied upon the logging industry they are now struggling to stay alive. Tourism is a lifeline they cling to but the remoteness hinders this. At the turn off point 47miles  from the main town of Campbell River, there is a small restaurant, gas station and coffee bar, another 7 miles brings you to Kelsey Bay harbour where we found a small campground a few houses and boats and not much more. On the pier is the information point and gift shop. Coffee and snacks were advertised but when we stepped inside we discovered two ladies arranging goods, they laughingly greeted us with ‘Ah, we are not quite ready yet as you can see!’ It transpired a burst water pipe in January had left them flooded out, insurance funds had only recently been acquired to get them back on their feet before the summer season which seems to start around the second week of June.

Another detour on our return journey took us off the 19, this time it was a dirt road of 12 miles, largely a logging road we bumped along but eventually were rewarded with a great view.

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Somewhere down by the waters edge building plots were for sale, we never did find them, we wondered who would build this far out anyway but with this as your daily view you might just be tempted!

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We are actually quite content just sitting in our site and observing the changing scenery as the clouds rise and fall on the mountains opposite. We had a beautiful sunset Saturday evening which we should have realised meant more rain.

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Sunday was grey but we set off inland this time, for Gold River. We spent most of the journey in a tree lined corridor with occasional views of the mountains and a few lake glimpses as we passed by Upper Campbell Lake. Gold River town did not invite us to stop so we drove the few extra miles to the very end of the road… because you have to…. there is not a place named on the map here, it is just the end of the road… a large timber yard and a small float plane base seemed to be ‘it’ wherever it was. However… we did spot an otter in the water!

 

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If this seems all very lazy and laid back – it is, and we are. We are trying to arrange details for the end of our travelling, talking to people about selling haRVey and working out how we are going to get packed up but still enjoy what we have left.

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One of our views from haRVey!

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Drinking it in – evening stroll on the beach!

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4 Responses to “Just chillin’”

  1. Sue June 4, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Beautiful pictures ! Every once in a while we slow down for a bit after a period of craziness and boy does it feel good!

    • elainethehill June 5, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      This place is so calm it would be hard to rush around. I think it has to do with the fact there is no wind, the water is super calm its just sitting there .. mist on the mountains a little sun every now and then…. beautiful!

  2. Mike Chamberlin June 4, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    You guys are soooooooo gonna miss your U.S. travels!!!!!
    Mike & Barb

    • elainethehill June 5, 2012 at 8:52 am #

      So true Mike, we are sort of in a limbo mood at present. Hope all is well with you two.

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