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.