It feels like it has been ages since I put up a new post here. The last few weeks has been a blur of time at the cabin, a trip to Pender Island and our Western Grebe incident. (Please feel free to read “The Western Grebe – Saving A Nesting Ground” on my other blog….we need all the support we can get.)
Part of having our island home is the travel it takes to get there. I think last time I checked on Mapquest it was 1142 km driving door to door. The drive is interesting to say the least. We travel across the prairie, through the twisting roads of the Shuswaps, over four mountain passes, through the gorgeous farmland of BC’s lower mainland, skirt the edges of metro Vancouver and finish off with a scenic ferry ride that delivers us to Otter Bay, Pender Island.
Usually the drive is a pleasant 20-22 hour trip of watching the dotted line on the highway, drinking coffee and listening to music. The trips out are the best as we drive through the night; from 10:30 pm onwards we mostly have the road to ourselves. Trips back we do in the daylight with a 6 am start to be on the ferry by 7:05 am.
On occasion the trip is a doozy. That was the trip from this past Tuesday (May 21st!). We were prepared for rain thanks to Environment Canada, we actually left a day early as we knew the weather was coming in. What we weren’t prepared for was what we met on the Coq……… a full-blown BLIZZARD……..in May.
Low visibility, thick slush, blowing winds, and every time a semi passed you could see simply NOTHING. Still, all part of the experience but it does leave us wondering if it is ever truly safe to travel without our winter boots and coats.
I wonder what our trip out in June will bring?