We arrived at the BC Ferry, Tsawwassen Terminal at 11:00 a.m....the sailings are every hour on the hour, so we knew we would not make the 11:00 sailing but when she said it would be the 1:00 p.m. sailing or maybe even the 2:00, we were a little shocked. Needless to say we were happy when we made the 1:00 p.m. sailing!
It was a beautiful day for a ferry ride! We're going through Active Pass...
When we arrived at Rob's, we unloaded the suitcases and then I went into Sidney to pick up a few groceries. Angie and the boys have been in Winnipeg visiting Angie's family for the last few weeks. They are due back Thursday so we will pick them up at the airport. In the meantime, we have Rob all to ourselves for a few nights.
Tuesday (August 24) and Steve's 66th birthday! Happy Birthday, honey! We met Steve's sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Mike, for breakfast at the Spitfire Grill. It's one of our favourite breakfast spots that we hadn't been to for a long time. It's right on the edge of the Victoria International Airport, so you can watch the airplanes landing and taking off.
We had a great time catching up with Mike and Nadine...but totally forgot to take any pictures so grabbed one from June 2020:)
It was another gorgeous day, so we had to share the beautiful views! Bevan Pier, a popular fishing and crabbing spot...
Sidney Spit, at the north end of Sidney Island, is five kilometres (by sea) from Sidney on Vancouver Island and is part of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The spit is a sandy, narrow strip of land that stretches into the sea—a beautiful spot to sunbathe or walk along thousands of metres of beach. Located on the edge of the Pacific flyway, Sidney Spit’s tidal flats and salt marshes are often overflowing with shorebirds during the bird migrations of spring and fall.
Our walk ends behind the condo's on the left...
After our walk, we went home and then mid-afternoon, I headed back into town for an eye appointment. Certain items that are clear...like my helmet visor and some people's eye glasses...appear to have a yellowish tinge to me. The first time I noticed was when we pulled out our helmets to go for a ride early last June. I figured the clear plastic visor was just getting old and turning yellowish. When I mentioned it to Steve...he thought I was off my rocker! LOL So every time I see things that are normally clear but look yellowish, I ask anyone around me if they see it too. So far, everyone has not experienced the same phenomenon as me (and probably thought I was off my rocker too, LOL). Anyway, I thought it rather odd, so thought I'd better get it checked out. The optometrist could find nothing wrong...in fact had never heard of anyone having that problem! A new one for her! My eyesight is fine otherwise...weird!
Just before 5:30, Steve, Rob and I headed into Sidney...and the Rumrunner Pub for dinner. Since they don't take reservations, we were happy when we got the last table for 5 outside on the patio. Our good friends, Rob and Nancy joined us and we spent a wonderful couple of hours catching up...
Back home, we had a video call with Chris and Angela...unfortunately, Isaac was already in bed. I think Steve enjoyed his special day!
Wednesday (August 25) morning we had a lazy start and then got ready to go into Victoria for an 11:00 a.m. appointment with our Financial Advisor. Although we have had numerous phone calls and emails over the past couple of years, we hadn't seen him "in person". So we spent a couple of hours catching up with him and getting an update on "financial stuff".
After a lunch at the Food Court at a local mall, we stopped at Steve's old office for a quick visit with Marty and Cheryl...then headed back out to North Saanich. There is a small brewery, Howl Brewing, located next to the Fickle Fig Farm Market...we have driven by both numerous times over the winter but had never stopped. So we thought we'd check both out on our way home.
After trying to decide what brew to try, Steve settled on Vienna Lager and I had Chaga Spruce Tip Lager.
Thursday (August 26) morning we picked Angie and boys up at the airport. The rest of the day was spent hanging out with them.
Grampa with his boys...Bryce on the left and Conner on the right...💓
Friday (August 27) morning, Steve and I took the boys hiking at John Dean Provincial Park...a beautiful park filled with many hiking trails. We always start with the trail to Pickle's Bluff...up and up...
After a relaxing start Saturday (August 28) morning, Rob, Steve, Conner and I got out for a walk on the trails around the house. As I've mentioned before, there is quite an extensive network of trails in the area.
By the time we got back, it was time to get cleaned up and head to Mary's Bleue Moon Cafe for lunch with my brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Helen. Due to all of the COVID restrictions last winter, we hadn't been able to see them (other than a quick chat outside before we left the island), so we had lots of catching up to do. So great seeing them!