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    • Day2

      Mount Erskine

      September 8, 2021 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      We awoke early Wednesday morning after a very restful night’s sleep and with a plan to be out the door by 9:00 to hike the Mt. Erskine loop. This 3.9 km trail features a 218 metre elevation gain and several hidden fairy doors to try to locate. We couldn’t find any information about bike parking at the trailhead and, after yesterday’s traumatizing hill climbs, decided we’d walk the 6 kms to get there. It was a little cool with a fine mist in the air when we departed, but I soon found myself shedding my rainshell as the Salt Spring hills once again reminded me that I’m not eighteen anymore.

      It took us the better part of 90 minutes to arrive at the trail, but we immediately set off in search of the elusive fairy doors. As soon as we set foot on the forest grounds, the ascent commenced, although at this point the trail was wide and relatively free of obstacles. As we climbed higher and higher, Brenda began wondering if we would ever find any of the fairy doors. It didn’t look good.

      Onward and upward, the trail became more and more difficult and we had little time to look for fairy doors as we had to continuously watch the placement of each step. Then suddenly, on the upper side of a tree stump, there it was: fairy door number one. It isn’t a myth! After paying our respects and taking some photos, reinvigorated we continued our march to the summit. And our efforts were handsomely rewarded by the beautiful views and panoramas Mother Nature offered us.

      After spending some time at the summit, we began our descent down a much steeper, but shorter trail. Our progress was slow, but we eventually made it back down to the trailhead and then hiked a further 4.4 kms to Dagwood’s Restaurant (apparently,”where the locals dine“) where we devoured a veggie burger, fries and a Blue Buck Ale.

      By the time we walked back to our room, we had covered 19.85 kms and gained 612 metres in elevation. According to Strava, all that exercise burned off 1215 calories, more than enough to cover my burger and beer.
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      makes you think you could have ordered another burger or another beer or BOTH!! [Betty]

      9/10/21Reply
       
    • Day1

      Feelin’ Alright

      September 7, 2021 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Seems I've got to have a change of scene.
      Every night I have the strangest dreams.
      Imprisoned by the way it could have been.
      Left here on my own or so it seems.
      I've got to leave before I start to scream.
      Won't someone lock the door and turn the key.

      OK, that’s a little dramatic, but the fact is I haven’t posted anything on this app since March 6, 2020 when the whole world shut down. Since then, the only traveling Brenda and I have done was to Whistler last October to celebrate our anniversary. Needless to say, as accustomed as we were to frequent trips away, staying put in Vancouver for eighteen months has left us with an itch that wasn’t being scratched. Well, this week we decided to quell that urge and have a little cycling getaway to Salt Spring Island.

      This is my first trip to any of the Gulf Islands and Brenda’s first attempt at cycle-tourism since our rather disastrous 2015 Portugal trip. Early Tuesday morning we strapped on our backpacks, jumped on our folding bikes and rode to the nearest Skytrain station. From there it was only a few stops to the bus that would take us to the Tsawassen Ferry terminal. We took the milk run ferry that stopped at Mayne, Galiano and Pender Islands before arriving at our destination at about 1:45 PM. The crossing was fantastic under a clear blue sky that allowed us to enjoy the entire trip seated on the upper sun deck. We were even treated to the sight of a humpback whale breaking the surface not far from the starboard side of the ship. The islands themselves are beautiful: thickly forested and dominated by steep rolling hills.

      In fact, upon our arrival we quickly realized that this cycling trip was not going to be a ride in the park. Leaving the ferry we immediately came to a long slow climb before rapidly descending into the town of Ganges where we stopped for lunch at the Tree House Cafe. With our bellies filled with food and beer, we made our way towards our accommodations, about 5 kms away. Although GoogleMaps assured us the route was mostly flat, it is anything but. As I arrived at the top of our first steep 40 metre climb, I realized I had forgotten Brenda’s Berkey water bottle in the restaurant. Back down the hill, retrieve the bottle and up again to re-join Brenda. With all the ups and downs, we climbed 91 more metres, with full backpacks and repair kit on board, before we arrived at our room. Under bright sunshine and 26 degrees, I was literally melting.

      While in town, we bought a couple of salad kits which we ate for dinner while seated on the deck overlooking St Mary Lake and enjoying the sunset.

      Feelin’ alright, mm, hmmm.
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    • Day34

      Salt Spring Island Daytrip

      October 15, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Unsere ersten zwei Tage Day Off auf der Farm. - Ausschlafen und Telefonieren - Am Montag gingen wir dann nach Salt Spring Island. Lynn fuhr uns zur Fähre nach Crofton und gemeinsam mit den Fahrrädern erkundetetn wir anschließend die Insel. Es wurde ein langer Tag, da Lynn uns erst von der letzten Fähre abholen konnte, da sie lange in der Uni sein musste am Montag. Das hieß wir waren erst gegen 23 Uhr daheim und unserer abendliches Harry Potter fiel wohl doch eher flach :D Schafften alle 5 Teile in der Zeit, wo wir auf der Farm waren :)Read more

    • Day3

      Sailing - Day Three

      July 2, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      We pulled anchor today and motored to Salt Spring Island to get there in time for the Saturday market.

      I was in charge of watching the navigation and keeping the autopilot on course for the 3 hour cruise. All went well, aside from hitting one log.

      We got some groceries and wandered around town a bit.
      Mason has a mooring ball here and knows some other 'bay residents' who came aboard for a visit in the evening.
      Beautiful sunset tonight!
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    • Day30

      Bilder der letzen Woche

      July 7, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Da die Hochzeit jetzt vorbei ist, haben wir mehr Freizeit und unternehmen einiges.
      An Thilos Geburtstag haben wir eine Kayaktour gemacht, gestern sind wir in eine Höhle auf einem Berg geklettert und heute sind wir auf Mount Erskine gewandert und hatten wieder eine wunderschöne Aussicht.
      Nächste Woche machen wir 10 Tage camping Urlaub auf Vancouver Island und wwoofen dann drei Wochen hier:
      http://www.helpx.net/host.asp?hostid=30460

      Liebe Grüße

      Ich freue mich über Kommentare.
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      Lieber Thilo, herzlichen Glückwunsch nachträglich. Oliver

      7/9/17Reply
      Traveler

      Wow, das sieht nach einer super schönen Geburtstags-Tour aus! Auch von mir alles, alles Gute nachträglich, lieber Thilo! :)

      7/13/17Reply
      Traveler

      Wow, wunderschöner Blick auf die Küste!! Ist das am Horizont schon Vancouver Island oder sind das auch noch vorgelagert Inseln?

      7/13/17Reply
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    • Day6

      Salt Spring Island

      March 25, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Spent my last week of work in a beautiful townhome looking over Ganges Harbour. Mostly spent at my computer, but also enjoyed exploring around the island by car, foot and by bike.

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