Organic lunch, relaxing hike, the Brig for dinner

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Duncan, BC. Population about 4,700. Great wineries and other agri-tourism items, farmer's market, art and artisans, great restaurants, wide selection of cycling trails and experiences, water sports including rowing and kayaking, the largest hockey stick in the world and about 80 totems done by local First Nations peoples whose wonderful Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre is well worth a visit and walk around. Wireless access at a very welcoming Internet Café - Café Matisse.

I discovered my laptop bag handle was on the point of coming off. Bad move. Managed to find a shoe store to repair it. Their motto "We will HEEL you. We will save your SOLE. We will even DYE for you". I believe the repair cost me about $10.00. Great price - great job.

Lovely meal at an organic restaurant (Island Bagel Co). Had huge bowl of lentil soup and bread made of brown, multi, white grain bread in a patchwork affair ad a delicious cinnamon bun with almond on it. Yummy. Very filling.

Met a relative for lunch and a walk along the Cowichan River where Holt Creek comes into it (near the rifle range). The walk was nicely invigorating through the path in the woods, down, down, down to the creek, along the creek to the river. There had been a terrific wind through the area and many trees were downed. In fact, the path is mostly a carpet of pine needles - still green - and bucked up pieces of trees. Lots of hanging "old man's beard" against a darker background or a blue-er river. Lovely walk. Bird sounds everywhere. Have to watch one's step as there are twisty roots coming out of the earth at your feet. River chortling by. Then it is up, up, up a climb good for the knees) to the path again - mostly Trans Canada Trail.

Mysterious wire rope being uncovered on the path - coming from nowhere - going nowhere - was it part of a logging operation? In old saw mill? Bringing water up from the river? Who knows.

Over a couple of trestles and then onto the path we started on. Loud gunshots from the rifle range - a youngster learning to shoot. Back at the lodge a balding and long bearded fellow hangs his belly over the verandah and invites us to "give his dog a kick" - cute little Pomeranian. We pat the dog but politely refuse the offer. Strange combination of people.

Wonderfully relaxing drive through the winding roads of the area. When one just drives through Duncan it does not seem there would be such interesting backroads. Old houses, farm implements, wineries, new homes - one a monstrosity large enough to house an army - or a prison, or a care home - looks very institutional.

My sister and I headed off to the Brig (Brigantine Inn at Maple Bay) for dinner. Sleeman's Honey Brown pint and a half and a 6 oz steak with Cesar salad made for a good meal.
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