Vancouver Island Seaweed Camp

This was our camp.  We had a mini-tent city.  Our tent is the maroon one.  I set most of it up by myself.  I was quite proud of me.  At first, because I set the tent up alone (while O.C. was goofing off filling the camp water buckets at the facility a mile away — as if drinking water were important!) I was disinclined to share the tent — then I got to thinking about how chilly the nights might be and relented in favor of his body heat.

The camp ground was across the mouth of the Juan de Fuca river from the town of Port Renfrew.  That river is much wider then it looks.  To the right in this photo was the ocean and Juan de Fuca Strait.

It was a lovely campground.  The facilities were first rate — out houses and a pre-dinner show.  For some reason, the musician looked familiar ….

Despite camp being on the ocean, that isn’t were these intrepid scientists went in search of seaweed.  We all drove several miles to Botany Bay, then hiked down to the ocean.  It was a gorgeous path.

A sign:

Some steps …

And finally, the beach ….

The hunt for seaweed begins:

While O.C. and his class worked and learned, I played in the tide pools. 




On the way home, we paused briefly in Victoria.  Here is the government building:

With a totem pole carved by a representitive the First Peoples: (note the size of the Japanese tourists in relation to the totem pole).

Then it was time to head for the ferry and wait:

and wait (caffeine helps pass the time):

and wait:

We were all looking pretty tired and scruffy.

But finally we pulled onto the ferry and started home and Mt. Baker stepped out of the fog to greet us.


  1. Quilly, you’ve done it again! Fabulous pictures, (nicely composed – you have a great eye), personal narrative and subject matter. I can finally use a word that I have never used before…….AWESOME!

    I loved Vancouver Island. Hubby and I stopped there for a few days when driving home from Alaska. (just a little 16,000 km roadtrip) I have never seen a coastline that I didn’t drool over. If you could have detoured 4,400 km east and turned right at Niagara Falls you would only have had to drive another 10 mins. to knock on our door.

    About that penultimate picture…..that must be the fellow we usually see with a horn stuck to his lips. Quilly-girl, again I must say “awesome”. (I can say that because I’m officially OLD:-)

    Great talking to you!!!…………..Judy

  2. Great pictures and it looks like it was a great time. Glad to tent worked out for you and that was nice of you to share it. Love you.

  3. Judy — I told O.C. that I’d like to go back sometime without his class and do a little more exploring. Victoria is a beautiful city. The entire island was enchanted.

    Jackie — even after falling, cutting my hand on a barnacle and bruising my hip, I’d do it all again (though maybe with gloves this time). It was a grand adventure.

    Brooke — well, sharing did seem to be in my best interest. I mean, sure as not I was going to want to drink some of his water. Besides, I’ve been camping enough times to know that shared body heat can make a huge difference in how well one sleeps. Oh, and I love him ….

  4. Okay you win hands down for the best tree/forest pictures – oh, and the best beach pictures, uh – oh yeah, and the best sea creature pictures.. rats, you take the prize for ALL the category pics! Looks fabulous in that part of the world, and oh, nice mute.

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