Just in Parksville on Vancouver Island tonight staying at the Quality Inn on the Ocean. Pictures coming soon. My balcony is about 45 feet from the beach; the view is something else, unlike the Mrs Richards exchange ;-)
Mrs. Richards: When I pay for a view I expect to see something more interesting than that.
Basil: That is Torquay, Madam.
Mrs Richards: Well, it's not good enough.
Basil: Well, may I ask what you were hoping to see out of a Torquay hotel bedroom-window? Sidney Opera House perhaps? The Hanging Gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest? sweeping majestically?
Mrs Richards: Don't be silly. I expect to be able to see the sea.
Basil: You can see the sea. It's over there between the land and the sky.
I have been a bit of a road trip both last week and this, mostly work-related but it has also allowed me to tour around after hours. Last week was Campbell River, Port Hardy and Courtenay. I was very lucky on the weather. Not thrilled about the hotel in Campbell River but the City is a great place. This week is Parksville and Port Alberni, We camp in China Creek South of Port Alberni every fall.
I then drove up to Port Hardy, met one of my old friends on the way up. The hotel there was incredible, right on the fisherman's marina (mostly commercial ships) and was facing east so the sunset was great.
It was then back to Courtenay, this hotel had the most professional staff and conference room set-up. As well they were quite sympathetic when I locked myself out, putting the food tray in the hall. Just as well the only thing I was missing was my boots; it was a long walk to the Front Desk.
I have spent some time loading most of the pictures on my Flickr site if you would like to sneak a peak.
The Road trip has been a lot of fun; I wish I could travel up this way a little more often. Port Hardy and area really is similar to the Terrace area, it is probably part of the pull.
Time to get some grub – more to come.