Last month Rachelle and I went on a road trip to Vancouver Island. She had to go to an engagement party in Port Alberni and then to Duncan to see her family so I tagged along for the ride… and what a ride. We missed the ferry by 2 cars and sat at the terminal for 2 hours waiting for the next one. I realized when neither of us freaked out that we would make good travel companions. I already knew we were from Mexico though, but this re-affirmed it.
After eating my emergency stash of pro-bars in the glove compartment, napping and reading in the car, I asked Rachelle how long of a drive it would be to Port Alberni because we should account for traffic. Being a born-and-raised island girl, she looked at me and snickered: “Silly city girl May, there is no traffic on the island!” And she was right. We made record time once we crossed the water which I attribute to her excellent car DJing skills, music makes the drive go faster. Loaded up with liquor from the liquor store, we managed to pull into Port Alberni for a pretty awesome party where I met some great new people.
The next morning, we took it slow as we made our way to Duncan. We stopped by Coombs for a late brunch and nursed our ‘mild’ hangovers with coffee. Coombs is known for their green roof complete with goats. Unfortunately it was too early in the season for the goats.
After that, we stopped at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville and went for a nice long walk along the beach. We ended our evening at her parents place in Duncan and had a nice dinner and another walk (we’re romantic walkers) around her neighbourhood after failing to find any beach due to the high tide.
In the morning, we went for a nice hike up Mt. Tzouhalem where we got to take in a spectacular view of the Cowichan Valley.
We then packed up to go home and made one last lunch stop by in Cowichan. There could not have been a more picturesque place to have lunch.
This is the spectacular view on the ferry ride home.
And I leave you with the final quintessential BC Ferry experience: Lining up for White Spot. We’ve all been there and we all know the protocol 😉