Canadian Life Style

Fellow Adventurer

YOU TAKE A FERRY EVERYWHERE WHEN YOU LIVE ON AN ISLAND. EVERYONE IS HAVING FUN WITH BOATS FROM KAYAKS TO GREAT BIG YACHTS. I HAVE CHATTED WITH A FEW ACTUALLY LIVING ON THEIR BOATS.

SO I DECIDED TO GO TO A WHITE SANDY BEACH AND ENJOY A BEACH DAY AND OF COURSE I TOOK A FERRY. THE DESTINATION IS CALLED THE SIDNEY SPIT AND IS A NATIONAL PARK. YOU BRING ALL YOUR SUPPLIES IN AND HAUL ALL YOUR TRASH AND SUPPLIES BACK OUT. PEOPLE GO THERE TO CAMP FOR SEVERAL DAYS OR LIKE ME TO HIKE AROUND AND LAY ON THE BEACH. FOR ME MOSTLY THE LATER. I BROUGHT A SMALL PICNIC, WATER AND BEACH TOWELS. WHEN YOU ARRIVE AT THE END OF THE DOCK ARE LARGE BIG GREEN WHEELBARROWS FOR THE CAMPERS TO PUT ALL THEIR GEAR IN …SLEEPING BAGS, BARBECUES AND FOOD AND WATER. THEN THEY START PUSHING IT UP THE TRAIL TO THEIR CAMPSITES. A FUNNY SITE TO SEE AS I WAS WALKING BACK DOWN THE TRAIL. 

THE FERRY HOSTESS, WAS JODIE AND SHE WAS A REAL CHARACTER. SHE HAD GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS. SHE TOLD US ON THE WAY OVER THAT A COUGAR HAD BEEN SPOTTED ON THE ISLAND. THE FOUR-LEGGED KIND NOT THE OLDER WOMAN KIND. APPARENTLY THE SIGN HAD BEEN DEFACED DESCRIBING THE OLDER WOMAN KIND BUT, THE RANGERS CLEANED IT UP.

THE SPIT WAS A MIX OF LONG SANDY BEACH AND PINE TREES AND FEELING LIKE YOU WERE WALKING IN THE MOUNTAINS. EVERYWHERE I HEARD PEOPLE LAUGHING AND HAVING A FANTASTIC TIME. IT WAS JUST THE BEACH TIME I WANTED. ONE OF THE KEY PARTS OF THIS TRIP WAS TO BE AT THE DOCK AND GET ON THE LAST FERRY OR YOU’D BE STRANDED ON THE SPIT FOR THE NIGHT. THE LAST FERRY  WAS 6PM. SO MY PLAN WAS TO STAY UNTIL THEN. I NOTICED ALMOST EVERYONE LEFT ON THE 4:30 FERRY BUT NOT ME. I GOT DOWN TO THE DOCK ABOUT 5:15 AND SAT AND DANGLED MY FEET OVER THE DOCK INTO THE WATER AND WATCHED BOATERS COMING IN AND OUT. THEN I STRETCHED OUT AND PUT MY HEAD ON MY BACKPACK FELL ASLEEP. I WOKE UP TO JODIE CALLING ALOHA. “DID YOU FALL DOWN?”  CRACK UP …”NO..BUT I DID FALL ASLEEP.” SO I WAITED AS A BOAT LOAD OF CAMPERS GOT OFF WITH ALL OF THEIR GEAR. THEN ON I GOT MYSELF AND A FAMILY WITH SMALL KIDS.

ON THE RIDE BACK JODIE AND I GOT TO TALKING AND I TOLD HER ABOUT MY ADVENTURE. THEN SHE SHARED THAT SHE WAS ABOUT TO DO THE SAME ..SHE HAD ALREADY QUIT HER JOB WAS GOING TO SELL HER HOUSE AND TAKE OFF FOR GREECE.

I HAD ASKED MY LANDLORD TO DROP ME OFF EARLIER BECAUSE ALL THE PARKING IS 2 HOURS AND MY NEXT STEP WAS TO DECIDE HOW TO GET BACK TO MY PLACE. OUT OF THE BLUE JODIE ASKED ME IF I NEEDED A RIDE. OF COURSE I SAID YES. SO SHE TOLD ME TO WAIT IN THE HOTEL LOBBY AND SHE’D COME GET ME AS SOON AS SHE FINISHED HER DUTIES PUTTING THE FERRY GEAR AND PAPERWORK AWAY. A LITTLE LATER SHE SPUN BY AND TOOK ME TO MY PLACE. SHE SAID THE REASON SHE TOOK ME HOME WAS BECAUSE WE WERE, “FELLOW ADVENTURERS”. I LIKED THAT.

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