Monday, August 27, 2012

Heaven on earth - Tofino summer 2012

The West Coast of Vancouver Island is stunningly beautiful.  Tofino is our vacation destination of choice and we have spent many a summer here walking the beaches. kiting, kayaking and enjoying the ocean.  The road to Tofino is narrow and windy, perfect for those hunting the perfect twistie by motorcycle.  However we usually come by motorhome and just relax.  When we are in Tofino we do a lot of walking or bicycling.  I am planning a motorcycle weekend with the hubby in the next few weeks, just to experience the twisties.  

The picture of the twisties of the Pacific Rim highway are not done justice through a moving motorhome window.  It is very narrow and very twisty.  


 Our little dog frolics like a puppy when we back to Tofino, but this year she has slowed down considerably.  Our beach walks are lovely, but she can't go the distance she used to and we end up carrying the little might back.  I am not sure how many more summers we will spend together and that in itself is bitter sweet.  





Last night a storm rolled through the area and brought thunder, lightening and torrential rain.  I have to say I am so glad we were not in a tent.  I think I have done my tenting days and require a little luxury for these middle aged bones.  

 Even on cloudy misty days Tofino is spectacular.  Storm watching is quite a hobby with folks during the fall and winter and I hear it is breathtaking to behold.





If you have never been to Vancouver Island you are missing out.  Tofino is breathtaking and recharges ones soul.  

13 comments:

bluekat said...

What a beautiful place! Lovely shoreline.

Vancouver Island on my bucket list of places to visit (came close in 2001). Someday :)

Dar said...

Bluekat - there are beautiful bike trails on the island. I never get tired of it.

VStar Lady said...

Dar - beautiful photos. We are lucky to live in a country with so many beautiful places to see ...

Patricia Carpenter said...

My husband and I went to Tofino three years ago to finally have our honeymoon after having been married for a year already. It is very beautiful there.....:-). We spent a lot of time on the beach as well! I love being by the water...not so much "in" the water though. We rented one of the small planes and took a ride all over the place before going back to our hotel. Enjoy your time there!

Trobairitz said...

Beautiful pictures Dar. That last one is a stunner.

I am glad you are enjoying your vacation even if the weather turned a little chilly.

bobskoot said...

Dar:

I recognize some of those photos. We rented a cabin at McKenzie beach resort, just a bit north of your photos, on the same stretch of beach. One night it was foggy and we could hear the surf and the water must have been "way out". It was eery watching the lighthouse light and many people were walking around with flashlights in the dark. Usually on the day we leave, we have breakfast at the Wickannish Inn

glad you had a relaxing time by the ocean

bob
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RichardM said...

Beautiful area though there looks like there's a lot of traffic. I've never been on the west coast of the island. One of these days...

SonjaM said...

Tofino and the wild west coast. Oasis for the soul. It has been too long (uhm two years or so) since I have been there. Thanks for the reminder to come back.

Deb said...

Breath taking and hauntingly beautiful! No wonder you love it!

Your little doggie reminds me of my Rascal who we are trying to adopt out. How old is she?

Brenda said...

Glad you are enjoying your holiday Dar. Thanks for sharing those amazing pictures of an amazing looking place. Love the magic of being able to see places like that which I will never visit in real life. Ta :)

Martha Tenney said...

What an exquisite place. Thank you for the photos.

Dar said...

Ladies and Gents,

My vacation was awesome. The weather was variable, but Tofino is breathtaking rain or shine. We had an awesome time and I can hardly wait until I go back next year. I am missing Red Can Gourmet, Chocolate Tofino and the Wild Side Grill already. I think I may have to sneak up there by motorcycle just for a weekend before the weather gets icky.

Dar said...

Ladies and Gents,

My vacation was awesome. The weather was variable, but Tofino is breathtaking rain or shine. We had an awesome time and I can hardly wait until I go back next year. I am missing Red Can Gourmet, Chocolate Tofino and the Wild Side Grill already. I think I may have to sneak up there by motorcycle just for a weekend before the weather gets icky.