Jordan River

Jordan River is virtually a ghost town between Sooke and Port Renfrew.  The river is dammed upstream by BC Hydro.  However, due to increased seismic activity, the hydro company does not think it is safe for residents.  They’ve been trying to buy the properties to get people to leave the area due to the threat of an earthquake destroying the dam and causing mass destruction.  This is also a tsunami zone.  I feel bad for the residents.  Many have spectacular ocean views, but many are now boarded up.  Some are partially boarded and have spray paint notices: “We still leave here.  BC Hydro hasn’t taken possession yet.  Private Property.”  Poor things.  They are losing their little piece of paradise.

For $15/night, you can have a piece of paradise at the campground managed by BC Hydro.  


 In the other section of the campground, it is windier, but this is where tenters often go.  You can see a tent in the next picture.  Actually, a family is living in it.  The kids get bused to school and dropped off again at the campground.  In our usual fashion, we have made stories about their situation, but one of our stories seems to be a reality.  Many vehicles go down there and then come back up again.  Is mom growing BC Bud in the bushes?  The traffic seems to indicate it.  Well today, a 70s van came down.  It was all spray painted with groovy “art” and the words Party Animal and something like “rolling right along” — with big marijuana joints.  Maybe that was mom’s supplier.  This is the BC coast, after all.  

We have paid reservations at another campground for Sunday night, but we’ve decided to stay here instead. We will make it to Goldstream on Monday instead.  We have friends to visit and we want to see Victoria, but this is a hard campground to leave.

And talk about friendly people!  Another couple moved in next door: Chris and Leanne.  Chris’ hobby is cutting down trees, drying the wood, and making exquisite furniture!  He has showed us pictures.  He can even do French legs on his pieces.  He is truly an artist.  He’s from Croatia originally. Leanne is from Quebec.  Chris took Paul up a logging road today to get firewood.  They encountered a black bear who was really scared of them.  We will have a sweet cedarwood fire again tonight.


The Yellow Pot

Good things always came out of the Yellow Pot.  My parents got a yellow enamelled Dutch oven for a wedding gift.  A few years ago my mother gave it to me and I put it in the Airstream.  Whenever my mom made hand-cut fries or onion rings, they went in the yellow pot. Out came deliciousness!

We made our way south to Jordan River.  We found an ocean site.  Only 2 other campers were there.  One camper came over and introduced himself.  We went over to meet his wife and dog and talked about the area.  Such friendly people.  While we were setting up and getting things ready for dinner, he came by with a special treat:  fresh caught Dungeness crab!  He said to cook it for 4 minutes in sea water.  So, Paul went down to the ocean with the Yellow Pot.  Out came deliciousness!


We had just been discussing how we meet the most interesting people while camping, and then we met this couple.  This meal will be forever in our memories.

Goats on the Roof

On our way back to the east coast of Vancouver Island, we stopped in Coombs.  We had wanted to stop there to go to a Dutch confectionery and shop.  To make the visit even more special, Valerie and Rick suggested we stop at a marketplace called Goats on the Roof.  Yes, there were goats on the roof!  This marketplace was a kaleidoscope of goodies!  There were international groceries, a bake shop, toys, garden items, a cafeteria, etc.  People drive to Coombs specifically to go to this place.  It is worth the drive!  We got some Italian groceries, hot sauce, pastries, and 2 big bells from India.  They are like temple bells.  We thought they’d gong gently in the Saskatoon breezes.  If they make too much noise, they’ll be going to Value Village.

 On the way, in Port Alberni.  


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