Was that there last night?

Okay, correction on last post; I woke up several times during the night because my bedroom was SO hot. I had kinda gotten used to sharing with Spencer, and his room is Arctic, so I’ve been sleeping with fluffy socks and lots of layers most nights. By the time I was ready to get out of bed I actually had to dress myself as my 3 tops, woolly PJ bottoms and 2 pairs of socks had been reduced to a camisole and granny pants.

I hooked on PJ bottoms and a jumper (both Fat Face, I think I have an addiction) and went to see if Gemma was awake. Not only was she awake but she was outside?? Gemma is not a morning person so I was very, er, confused.

When I stumbled out the door (sleepy and clumsy… a great combination), I could definitely see why she was happy to be out of her duvet cocoon so early.

What we had failed to see as we were running too and from the car the night before was the rather large mountain directly in front of our Airbnb. Not content with just taking a few pictures on our phones, we hurried inside to put on our shoes and grab our cameras.

Down a short road leading to the dock was the start of our morning PJ clad walk. Yep, shoes and cameras in hand, we went out for a wander around the neighbourhood in our PJ’s (sans bras) at 7:30am.

We were desperately trying to find an opening to get down to the water as it looked so gorgeous… borderline inviting. Unsuccessful. But before the sun rose we were excitedly pacing the streets like weirdos… there was something really peaceful about it all and we only got a couple of odd looks.

Back at the house we watched the sun rise before showering and heading out on our adventures for the day. The view was amazing and we just couldn’t believe we’d failed to notice it’s potential the night before.

As the day was set to be a clear one, we decided it would be a beach day. I had a couple of spots I wanted to show Gemma, so we went right to Long Beach which is nothing short of breathtaking. Piles of colourful driftwood and tall evergreens fringe the beach. On a clear day the sun gleams through the sea spray which is actually quite blinding, and you’ll definitely need a strong pair of sunglasses!

We walked the beach to Incinerator Rock where I climbed up to a mini magical fairytale forest. Now, I know that sounds dramatic but see the photograph below and tell me there’s a description more fitting.

On the way back to the car we spotted an Eagle sat high on one of the Pines 🌲 I always love seeing Eagles, it’s just not something we see in good ol’ Southampton…

I tried SO hard to get a good snap of him, but the glare was just too strong and I am just not that skilled. Still, the fruits of my labour are documented below should you wish to shake your head in disappointment.

Windows rolled down, music turned up, worst singing voices engaged; Adele (me) and Demi Lovato (Gemma) were in business and kicking some serious vocal ass. It was odd because we were doing exactly what we do at home e.g. singing to all the same songs, doing all the same lame car dances, and assuming all the harmonic positions we usually do at home but in Canada??? Surreal and amazing. With the clear blue sky overhead, pine trees all around and the glistening ocean to our left, I decided the pair of us must adventure together more often because it was freaking awesome.

Our last stop before heading back to the Airbnb for disgusting reheated pasta (honestly, it was gross) ended up being Tofino town. We weren’t scheduled to be down there until Thursday but we rolled with it. We did some shopping at the local Co-Op before exploring the town a bit.

The cashier in Co-Op was an absolute gem. She picked up on the fact we were tourists pretty quickly and when giving us our change, dug around to find us both limited edition coins. It was so touching and she filled us in with all the details about how every couple of years an artist is commissioned to design a coin. So, we had collectors edition coinage as well as cold and flu tablets… woohoo!

I can’t really tell you much about the little haven we found next because there really is no way to describe how mind boggling-ly wonderful the view was. Please don’t think me lazy, I just really struggle with assigning overused words to exceptional sights.

Canada is nothing short of picture perfect. It takes my breath away everyday and fills me with life all at the same time. I am so grateful to be here experiencing what I can with some of the people who mean oodles to me. Life is good.

Anyway, our day didn’t end there. As previously noted we went back for icky pasta and then killed some time by watching The Office until sunset was fast approaching. We had 30 minutes to get our shit together and find a beach to watch the sun go down… the trouble was that I had a particular beach in mind but no idea what it was called or where it was YAY ME.

Taking a couple of dead ends meant we were losing valuable sundown time. We swung into a random carpark at a random beach and made do.

Now, although we did ‘make do’, the beach was obviously a popular spot as there were SO many people walking along taking in the fiery sky. It was a great a find so thanks Gemma, and I’m sorry I wasted so much time looking for that bloody beach of mine!

Fiery is the best way to describe that sunset. It lit everything up. The sky, the sand and even some of the waves, looked as though they were burning. It was a sight to behold.

On the way home I tried to get into the wrong side of the car, AGAIN.

We made it back before nightfall. We cooked steak, did face masks AND watched Twilight in honour of our Long Beach visit.

It was an epic day and I would do it 100 times over if I could.

Lots of love,

Courtney xo

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