Ray and Linda have lived in Campbell River for years and shared their local knowledge with us. The first cool thing was taking the free water taxi to April Point Lodge on Quadra Island instead of paying for the ferry. In the short ride over, we saw yet another humpback whale. This is Painter's Lodge, where we caught the ferry.
Lunch with Ray and Linda
These are wooden water pipes, probably 10 feet in diameter, carrying water from a nearby reservoir to the power generating stating. The rings are stays, like they wrap around a barrel to keep it from exploding. We saw one leak spraying a little jet of water up about 2 feet, so they were full of water under pressure.
Ray's a hotrod enthusiast. He built this 427 Cobra kit himself. What a ride!
Our campsite in Campbell River. That's Ray's other hotrod, a lowered '49 Ford pickup, in front of our RV. Nice trees. We really got lucky with the weather too.
On our way from Campbell River to the coast, we stopped and took a nice loop hike around Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. This is one of the many cascades you see on the trail.
Lower Falls on the Qualicum River
Another stop we made was at a place called Cathedral Grove. It's a nice loop through some old growth Douglas Fir trees, the oldest and biggest was 800 years old. Here's one I photographed in vertical panarama mode. The tree's probably 10 feet thick, I don't know how tall but it was way up there.
This was a cool little pull off. The attraction was a diving pool in a neat little rock canyon, but there was a fence with a thousand or so locks attached to it. I asked somebody and they're "love locks." You profess your love and then lock it away.
In Ucluelet, there are a lot of hikes through old growth and wind-tortured trees. Here's Laurie in a natural archway formed by one of the trees closest to the water.
Giant Red Cedar
Just a nice view through the rocks at Schooner Cove in Pacific Rim National Park