The Colorful City Of Chemainus

Trip Start Oct 22, 2005
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Trip End Jan 29, 2006


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Friday, November 25, 2005

A two-hour ferry ride took us from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Not surprisingly the rain started pouring again, but we were getting used to it. It really is just a waste of energy making too much of a fuzz about bad weather;)

On our way to Victoria, we stopped in Chemainus; a town with quite a few surprises. We followed the yellow footprints, painted on the pavement, around the town, and were led past some pretty amazing murals and very colourful houses. I just don't hope these people will ever get tired of strangers staring at their homes, because it is hard not to stop and stare, when you walk past a house painted in all the colours of the rainbow.

By the time we got to Victoria, it was dark, but luckily the hostel we had in mind, was easy to find. Finding a legal parking space on the other hand, was almost impossible, but Aaron was lucky enough to find a space just in front of the hostel within five minutes, instead of having to park miles away.

We walk around downtown Victoria that evening, until we got too cold and decided to call it a night. The city itself didn't seem like that much, however, it might be a lot different during the day and especially if the rain would stop following us.

After enjoying a good nights sleep, we decided to leave Victoria. We both wanted to see more of Vancouver Island, that is supposed to have some amazing scenery, but the weather was getting worse, so we decided to settle for what we had seen of Victoria for now, and then find the ferry to Tsawwassen.

From Tsawwassen we started the long drive back towards Kelowna. At first the weather was good, and the nature looked incredible covered in white. Loaded on caffeine and chocolate chip cookies, we simply laughed even harder as it started to snow. However, our moods changed after a while as it started to snow even more. It didn't help at all, that they aren't very good at making road signs telling distances in BC, so as it got really bad, we had to pull over and figure out what would be the safest thing to do, because it was snowing heavily and we had not met any sanding trucks yet at all!

It is not that we minded the snow at all, but when the roads don't get cleared it is hard to get grip, and since we were going uphill, we really needed proper grip. Besides, neither of us wanted to test, if we would be able to survive a night in a freezing cold car on the side of the road, or not.
A quick decision, and we slowly drove up the last bit of the steep hill. From there on it was either flat or downhill the rest of the way to Kelowna.
We were both relieved and exhausted, as we fell asleep in a proper bed that night.
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