Sunday: Labour day tomorrow.


Facts I missed:

There have only ever been four Cougar sightings at Great Bear Lodge. On the day we left Marcus saw one. Total now five.

Bob the lovely Aussie, did announce one evening that he put Vick on his balls. Complete collapse of entire party led by Asha. Bob quickly yelling out, “I said golf balls, golf balls. It’s to stop the rooks picking them up and dropping them into hollow trees,” more uncontrollable laughter. “No, it’s a huge problem, they have had trees catch fire and burn for days, because the golf balls are filled with rubber.” Bob then told Asha that next time she rubs Vick on her chest, she will think of his balls. Where would we be without the double entendres? Not in a Carry on Film, that’s for sure.

Mary called Laura in New York, yesterday! She was asked to go there to do some work. Proud or what? You bet we are.

When we landed at the airport, I was in the co-pilots seat and I said to him, “Smooth landing.” He replied, “Oh, I can also do bumpy!”

Couple of Audley notes. 1. Ocean Storm, Michelle was delightful, the beach was fantastic, the breakfasts were to die for but there was nowhere to hang anything, in either room 1 or room 3. 2. If you take the Skeena railway, chances are it will be at least two hours late. To then get up at the crack of dawn for the Ferry is really bad news. A day to recover in Prince Rupert would be a good idea. The cabin on the ferry was a godsend. 3. Painters Lodge has no hotel info in the room, apart from plugging the Spa. Cost of breakfast, times of breakfast or dinner, what to do locally etc. Any services provided by the hotel are all a complete mystery. TV channels are also not revealed anywhere.

I did manage to get a shot of a humming bird, that I was pretty chuffed with.


So let’s concentrate on Painters Lodge. 94 rooms, but somehow it feels bigger. On the way down we stopped at Telegraph Cove; cute little spot but I think that truck will have a job passing its M.O.T.

The room is just great and we finally have caught up on the dreadful happenings in Texas; yes the wi-fi is back.

We ventured into Campbell River this morning in search of a Laundrette, it’s been a while since Jasper, and we found one! Tomorrow is Labour Day and it would have been closed; today is Sunday and it was open……work that one out! But to amuse us during the wash and dry procedures, was a fantastic gathering of vintage cars, that wouldn’t have looked out of place during Art Deco weekend in New Zealand in Napier.

We missed the actual weekend when we were there, so this really made up for it.

The views around here are just wonderful but tomorrow we are moving on; I know, I know! Off to Tofino and the Red Crow Guest house, sounds fun and a bit smaller than this gaff.

Oh yes and there are seals in Queen Charlotte Sound, as well as loads of logs, containers, sand and ballest being transported by barge and pulled by tugs.

The drive tomorrow is nearly five hours. Wish us luck, but the weather seems set very fair indeed.

Thanks for reading………do comment, we love hearing from you.

M & M πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

11 thoughts on “Sunday: Labour day tomorrow.”

  1. Our next bag of stuff….Goods trains!..Whilst in Salt Lake City on the Winter olympics we were based next to a railway line. A goods train would pass every 45 mins.. That’s how long they took to pass… AND they would sound their whistle every 5.. Goodbye sleep!… Never eaten in a Michelin Star caff… or any other tyre shop!… All those bears at all those hours… And WORSE.. those ozzys!!!!! Loved the Mini Ute’.. Bon Voyage!

  2. They have Labour Day in Kanuckistan? I realise that today is Labor Day in the USA of America but not in Canada. Great pics, shame you couldn’t freeze the hummingbird wing motion!!! On the new camera?

  3. you seem to be having a great time. Good on you both. Tofino? I went there years ago and did a Whale Watching Trip. Mrs Stone III (I am now on Mrs Stone IV – last and final one) was terribly sea sick I recall!!!

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