Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Mayne Island, BC

Mainmap003(Jan) We met our friends Bruce and Dee in Boomerville at Quartzsite, Arizona in 2009. It was the beginning of a fun friendship and since then we have enjoyed different travels and places together. This past week we went to visit them on Mayne Island, British Columbia. Our Motorhome stayed in Renton, WA as we drove north into Canada to the Tsawwassen Ferry. On Mayne Island Bruce and Dee were waiting for us with smiles and hugs at the Village Bay Dock. We spend four fun filled days with them. We all enjoy hiking so we ventured out in 4 different direction to explore the island from hill top to seashore, Lighthouse to Japanese Gardens.

(Chuck) Mayne Island’s abundant hiking trails revealed a variety of animals and birds for our pleasure. The island hosts many Bald Eagles as well as Red Tailed Hawks. We were very fortunate to catch a glimpse of a Pileated Woodpecker on the trail one afternoon. Black Tailed Deer and Fallow Deer greeted us on the hillsides and Sea Otter, Seals, Mink, Oysters, Sea Stars, Sun Star, Crabs and Jelly Fish were by the sea.

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The trails we took were easy to moderate and the weather cooperated beautifully. It was good to be hiking again, we have missed that in our lives for more than a month. Our hosts Bruce and Dee were very familiar with their island and it was a lot of fun to be out on the trail with them again.

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055(Jan) Back at their beautiful house, we had a great time sunning ourselves on the deck and watching the ferries in Active Pass below and the eagles and hawks gliding in the sky above. We started the mornings with Zumba and passed an hour or two working a jigsaw puzzle. Evenings were spent having delicious dinners cooked by Chef Dee followed by several games of The Whole Enchilada. Is was also magical sitting in the darkened Living Room, watching the night skies, the lights winking on in the harbor and city lights across Georgia Strait in 020Vancouver.

Our two hour ferry ride on Friday evening made a stop on Pender Island before heading back through Active pass and across the Georgia Strait. Island Life and Ferry Transportation was a new and very enjoyable experience for us. Thank you Bruce and Dee for a wonderful adventure!102

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