Saturday, September 25, 2010

Evening in Ucluelet and Morning on the Pacific Rim Beach

We played tourists for a day in Seattle and then the next day took the Victoria Clipper to Vancouver Island.  Rather than renting a car in Seattle, we used their excellent public transportation system.  Once we arrived in Victoria we picked up our rental car.  The agent there recommend a great place for lunch and we ate in a remodeled bus.  We visited the famous Butchart Gardens.  I had hoped to have endless, amazing pictures of it all, but unfortunately it was raining too hard that day to even consider hauling out the cameras.  The best I can do is suggest your visit their website, or better yet, plan to see it in person.

After a night in Victoria, we drove to the unusually economical cabin at Bird's Bay Retreat in Ucluelet, British Columbia.  It's about a five hour drive if you don't stop along the way, which we did, a lot.

As soon as we settled in we headed to the beach.  By then it was dusk.

Someone is very happy to be in the Pacific Rim Forest.  Truthfully I had never heard of it.  Gary said it was on his bucket list, so before I knew it was on mine, I was already there!

Most people know that the northwest is very damp and foggy.  It was.

The early riser in my life was up and ready to go the next day.  I lagged behind until we got a mocha espresso and pastry for breakfast.

Someone else explored the beach too.

There were signs on the beach warning visitors about large, dangerous waves.  They must be if they can move these huge logs up on the shore.

Tide pools are always fun to explore.

Who doesn't love waves crashing on the rocks?

So many scenic views there.


Greyscale Territory said...

Such a scenic place to explore! Wonderful variety of views!

cat said...

Many beautiful shots!

Barbara said...

Beautiful beautiful!

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a beautiful place and thanks for taking us there. Love the beach and tide pools.The foggy scene is one of my favorites.

Gaelyn said...

What a beautiful place. That little cabin B&B looks divine. And love your tide pools. Makes me realize how long it's been since I've been to the beach. Although I could do without the gray PNW.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

We are similar. When we go to the beach we head there right away after we check in where we are staying.

Great pics.

George said...

The beautiful pictures you captured at Bird's Bay Retreat should go a long way toward making up for the pictures you couldn't get at the gardens. Your tide pool photos are truly works of art, and you timed that last photo perfectly.
Thanks for sharing your beach visit with us.

Roxxy said...

lovely captures! seemed like you enjoyed it so much =) Have a great week! Hope you can visit my page too

Janie said...

I had never heard of the Pacific Rim Forest, but it looks a lot like the rainforests on Olympic Peninsula. Lovely photos. Sounds like you had a fun time, even if you did have to rise earlier than you prefer!

cyclopseven said...

very beautiful pictures you have here. Thanks for sharing.

Bill S. said...

Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Beautiful pictures of such a lovely place.

Glenda said...

Oh, wow! I'd love to spend some time in this amazing place - and in that cozy little cabin! Gorgeous photos!