Our whirlwind vacation in BC has officially drawn to a close, as I am writing this final postcard from my very muggy apartment with my backpack and clothes and toiletries strewn all about.
We ferried back to the mainland on Friday, took the light rail, a bus and a long walk to finally reach our last destination five hours after we left Victoria. In one of the all-time best last-minute decisions, we decided to stay at a different hostel than planned. Instead of going back downtown near the pubs and restaurants and crowds, we found our way to Jericho Beach, 20 minutes outside the city center. Ah. We ate our final BC dinner and pie slices at a cafe that sources all of its produce, dairy and meat from a local farm. Then we walked 2 minutes from our doorstep to the beach and watched the sunset (which, by the way, didn't happen until after 9pm!) and the people and Vancouver's sparkling skyline. The next morning we ate breakfast outside and made the trek back to the airport for our flight home.
To summarize: Vancouver is big and fun. Nanaimo is small and relaxed. Victoria is medium and pretty. We did not see a single Orca, bear or teen wolf. We walked approximately 1,796 miles, ate our weight in fish and chips, touched the Pacific, filled my camera's memory card and avoided getting sunburned, blistered or deported. We traveled by foot, airplane, train, bus, light rail, car and seaplane.
If you've made it with me this far, you might be so kind as to indulge one or two more BC posts... we still have to declare a Best Fish & Chips winner, after all. Also, considering that a fair amount of you readers actually clicked through last summer's What I Did On My Summer Vacation slideshow in its entirety, I'll upload the rest of my photos to flickr soon. Whatever floats your boat.