2006.18.33 - Thetis Island

Yesterday, we headed out to Thetis Island. About a 90 minutes drive north of Victoria, you'll find the lovely little tourist trap of Chemainus. From here a short ferry trip takes you to Thetis Island. We carried our boats on the ferry and set sail.
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On the ferry, we passed a rock covered in seals.
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After a brief stop on Kuper Island, we approached Thetis Island.
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A short haul down a somewhat steep path lead us to the beach. We geared up and got underway (trying not to think the climb up the path that will be coming later.)
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And away we go! It was our largest fleet yet: myself, Louise, Dennis, Paula, Bernie and their friends Tom and Barb who came all the way from Alberta just to paddle with us!
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More splishing and splashing.
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A big purple starfish.
Purple Starfish

A friendly seal.
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The Thetis Island ferry on another trip.
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Some fun wake action after the ferry passed.
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Some cormorants watching us stupid humans playing in the waves.
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There were some interesting rock formations, including these example of stratification.
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After some paddling, food and drink were clearly in order! Tom and Barb discuss the menu at the Thetis Island Marina and Pub.
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Yes, I know there's a funny yellow thing over my head. What's your point?
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There's not many restaurants in the world where you have to worry about an eagle pooping in your meal.
Eagle Overhead

Unfortunately for Paula, she's just realized that she's getting stuck with the bill.
Paula Gets Stuck With The Bill

After some digestion, we returned to the water and found the Island of the Seals.
Bernie and I drifted close by. We could hear them snorting and talking to each other.
Seals
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We carried on and found more interesting shorelines.
Thetis Island Shoreline
Shoreline
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A tyrannosaurus skull or a piece of driftwood? I'll let you decide.
T-Rex Skull or Driftwood? You Decide

"What do you mean we've only got 3 minutes until the ferry gets here?"
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A quick load up!
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Bernie sighs in relief as he realizes that I didn't take any goofy pictures of him to post in the blog.
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My pictures are here.

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