Sunday, December 27, 2009
After Seattle, Jp and I took a sea plane and hopped over to Victoria, Vancouver Island. The pink and white 1990 condos that lined the Victoria bay started to instill a panic between Jp and I. We drove the next day for 5 hours to Tofino, on the West side of the island. We went through miles and miles of VI suburbia and let me tell you one thing, it ain't pretty. Dairy Freeze and A&W fast food joints are alive and well on Vancouver Island. I even spied a few Howard & Johnston hotel/restaurants! Once we arrived on the west side, we parked our car at the Wickaninnish Inn which is built directly above the pacific ocean, pounding waves and all. As we entered our room, Jp and I knew we would spend most of our two days in bed staring at the waves. Panoramic windows framed the room leaving very little to imagination. I woke up in the middle of the night and had vertigo. My stomach dropped for a split second...Where was I? I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Later on that day I read the guest book. The couple who stayed in the room before us were so enthralled by the view that they decided to order two chocolate cheese cakes with strawberry ice cream and spent the evening eating their sugar ecstasy in bed while taking in the view...I hope they changed the sheets!
Friday, December 18, 2009
After spending the Thanksgiving holidays with the family in Sonoma, California, as well as drinking a lot of flabby Pinot Noir wine, Jp and I headed up to the big North West, Seattle and then Vancouver Island. I heard many great things about Seattle so I was surprised to find an empty city with its share of aggressive homeless citizens roaming the streets. It still was fairly warm in the city but the plethora of fleece covered woman started to get me down. One does feel very removed from the rest of the world in Seattle. Still couldn't get a tasty glass of wine. Finally ordered a St Joseph from Chave to share with our friends in Seattle. I found out that a little French red wine can go a long way.......
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Sorry for the long delay. I was traveling through California, Seattle, and Vancouver Island.
Here are a few photos of the beautiful coastal walk just north of San Francisco.
I do have to say, after traveling through Washington and Canada, California is one gorgeous place.