My oh my! Heaven, Nirvana, Shangri-la all on a half-shell — I’ll take all three please!
When we told Rick and Valerie that we were coming to Vancouver Island, they told us about the festival, so we booked our tickets immediately. I had oysters, salmon, halibut, tuna ceviche, chowder, more salmon, brought salmon home. You get the idea! It was soggy outside, but seafood starts out wet, so who could see any problem? Get this — even Paul ate some salmon, and more salmon. (He doesn’t eat most fish, especially not salmon.) He was so shocked that this salmon was sweet and not fishy at all. That’s fresh fish. Mmm!
We returned to our campsite to pick up the dogs and then we did another trail up to the suspension bridge and Elk Falls in Campbell River with Rick and Valerie. This was a much gentler trail, but there were sections that required walking on metal platforms, stairs, and of course the bridge itself. Poppy was very nervous and even cried at first, but she is desperate to please, so she summoned up her inner Golden retriever and followed us on the trail.
These are the wooden tubes that carry large volumes of water for power generation. The land is owned by BC Hydro, but they give back to the community in the form of trails and outdoor facilities.
Poppy crossed the bridge with Valerie.
A nervous Poppy. (Look at how far she spread her little toes.)
Tomorrow, we plan to head to Tofino on the west coast of the island. It will be sad to leave Campbell River and our friends. We hope to see Rick and Valerie again, but next time in Eastern Europe in 2017. That was what we were scheming. We hope to get our Rick Steves group together for a reunion tour.