Wednesday: Black bears, Botanical Gardens, lost on a beach walk.


We ate last night at a restaurant called Shelter, most acceptable and we had booked. Tonight they were full until 8-15, so yes you guessed it we booked back at the Oyster Bar. They not only have good food but excellent music; Nita Lake Lodge take note!

A bright early alarm at 05-45 (Did I ask before, is this a holiday?) and off down to the safety briefing at 06-30. And away on the R.I.B. With our young guide Frazer and 10 other incumbents in the red suites. Frazer is in the background in the grey gear.


As we left the jetty three raccoons hunted in the rocks for tasty morsels. Some of our photos are, due to low light and a bouncing boat and creatures a bit at the end of the zoom, a little soft or blurry. But we felt they were worth going ‘ah’ at anyway.


So twenty minutes fast sailing and we arrived almost at once at our first bear. There then was hardly a moment when we didn’t sit and watch them. The icing on the cake was yet another mother bear and cub, that Frazer was convinced would reappear after it vanished in the forest. His patience, after all our other chums in the three other boats having left, was rewarded. The mum went and found her cub and brought him back to the beach……….result.


It was a most rewarding two and a half hours.


Especially mum and the cub.


Other bonuses were a collection of seals fast asleep on a rock and yet another Bald Eagle moment. Why are they called that? Well, the name comes from an old English word ‘piebald’ which meant white headed (which obviously they are) rather than hairless, which obviously they are not!


A great expedition, just a shame our cameras didn’t quite fit the bill. One chap did have the biggest Canon lens I have ever seen, ‘with an extender’ his wife loudly announced. It got a good laugh, most on board were Brits, in yet another true ‘Carry On’ moment.


Back to the B&B to finish our breakfast, moan about the ‘soft’ pictures and then away to the Botanical Gardens, which were just a walk away; one dollar off the price of admission if you didn’t have your car. Every little helps! While I downloaded said pictures, Mary sat down where we had our picnic yesterday and saw a river otter; unfortunately not quick enough with her camera to even get a soft, wobbly picture.


The gardens were fun and we can even take soft pictures there, so go to their website for quality pictures.


Some interesting walking, we even met the guy who started the place and had a lovely natter. Mary got busy with more flowers and you could even see our B&B from the waters edge.


They do seem to have a liking, this is my second one of the trip, for our good old British phone boxes! And the skull, there was a long explanation; again their website will probably help you.

Not quite sure how to take this but it made me laugh! And that’s a Steller’s jay.


Finally to Tonquin Beach and a short walk that turned into a long walk, when we failed to retrace our steps and came out on the Tonquin trail a rather longer distance Β away from the car park than we had hoped for. We were actually slightly lost but a local dude pointed us in the right direction. Anyway, once again brownie points I was assured would be awarded for making such a brave effort.

The shot on the right taken from a bridge of wood various left in a gully after the water had abaited. So, after a longer than planned trek, we safely found the car back in the car park. Very cloudy by now, so not too sure why Julian and Sandy were still on the beach because it was greyer than a grey seal in Grey Town.

The Oyster Bar guy said, “Welcome back!” How many people must they see each day? Clever marketing and Mary swooned. The entrance is on the left of this picture and really betrays the level of service and glorious food we had inside. (Must tell Ian Southern that this is another one for the list.) We both had the halibut this evening…..out of this world.

Tomorrow ‘at leisure in Tofino’ it says in the Audley itinerary, but I have been fooled by that statement before! 😱 And finally the exterior of the B&B at night. Anyone remember the Waltons?


“Goodnight, John-Boy”

Thanks for reading and do, do comment.

M & M πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦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.

6 thoughts on “Wednesday: Black bears, Botanical Gardens, lost on a beach walk.”

  1. Hi M&M, I’m a little late to the party (been sorting out holiday clothes!) but just had to comment on The Waltons! My (Sandra’s that is) all time favourite programme during the 70s/80s. They still show the episodes on Sky and they are on most days of the week. Sad to say, I watch every episode! πŸ˜”πŸ˜€ Also been to the Walton’s Mountain Museum. Sadly, the house was being refurbished so we couldn’t go in so it’s on our list for the next time we visit Virginia. I did however get the t-shirt!
    Anyway, enough of my memories, back to the making of yours. More great photos, you both look magnificent in your red outfits. Julian and Sandy …. now you are showing your age! You’ll both need to lie down in a dark room for a couple of weeks when you get back to recover. Have you been tracking how steps you’ve been doing?

  2. What a laboured day… Didn’t need the poo story( See Brit news Sept 5th) Loved the bird!.. Yes even in little NZ we know what a RIB is! Good advice.. Wear a suit not a suite much more comfy! Loved the Carry On moments and the cafe sign! Brilliant..

    Night Night Malcy…

    M & S….

    1. Ah, but Audley did need that story Marty, they are following our progress and it helps them rate hotels. We sat sideways in the R.I.B. so my back didn’t take quite the hammering it might have done, up the front and facing the bow. A dull dawn here but with this view, who cares? πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

  3. I sit here in my little office in this huge Trust and look forward to the blogs. However I am off on holiday next week, so will have a major “catchup” on my return. The bear and cub looked wonderful, Julian and Sandy looked cold and I now know why bald eagles are named such. Mr Treen you are an oracle and I think you must become my mentor!!!

    Stone of Frimley

    1. Have a great holiday! From today we have two weeks left; just like a proper holiday, so I guess it will fly past. And hello blighty before we can say cinnamon, which everything seems flavoured with round these parts. No objection, as I love it; so may well be chucking it all over my food on my return. Enjoy the break, you deserve it. πŸ‘πŸ¦…πŸ¦…πŸ»πŸ»

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