So, Tuesday we tried to take the hire car back to the airport but Beckie said leave it at the B&B I’ll pick it up later. I have never had such brilliant service from a hire car company. Do I cut my Avis rewards card up now and always book National in future? We had a picnic on the beach outside the B&B. What a stunning spot. Then we left our suitcases there, in the B&B not on the beach, and got picked up to go to the float plane terminal.
And away to Great Bear Lodge in Smith Creek. Oh what a spot! And the food was as good as any Michelin star restaurant.
We were with only four other couples. Three Australian, one Danish and us flying the flag for the UK. We embarked on a set routine of breakfast at 7-15 am. And off to watch bears at 8. Back for lunch at 12 noon and off again, returning for dinner promptly at 4-45pm and then away again watching until about 8-20 pm. Back to the lodge, the journey in the bus took about 40 minutes, a good laugh and some wine and bed and up again the same time the following day.
Somehow they also got two boat trips in, all the gear provided and we just got on so well together it was a really memorable time in our lives. The Aussies were very funny and Bob, especially so; seen here with a trawl from some crab pots.
And then of course there were the bears.
I may just have to do a Blurb book of bears when we get home, we took SO many bear pictures and I just hope the video is really entertaining.
A very emotional goodbye to Tom and Marg, the folk who manage the gaff but also to the lovely staff and guides Marcus (so knowledgeable) and Taylor (lovely lady) and all the others. Regrettably, I never did get a group shot.
And goodbye to Chris and Asha and Sabina seen here in the boat (another brilliant guide). Chris and Asha were both in the media, he is a writer soon to be presenter and she is an Associate Producer; we shall stay in touch. The plane landed on water but took us back to the airport! The Aussies decided we should meet the incoming plane with us all swathed in bandages and some on crutches humping a body bag, in the hope the new arrivals would get straight back on the plane and we could take their place for another three days of heaven.
Alas it was not to be. We secured our hire car at the airport……..result! We didn’t need a taxi from the float plane terminal to the airport. So one night in the Ocean Storm B&B after meeting Chris and Asha in a restaurant in Port Hardy, then Saturday morning and a fond goodbye to Michele but not Dave, as he was off working on his boat. Then hello Painters Lodge just outside Campbell River! Do try and keep up!
Tomorrow; I think relax……….Mary may have different ideas. Watch this space. Oh yes, the view from this hotel room is pretty ‘awesome’ to use the local vernacular. See tomorrow’s blog.
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