We just got back from 5 days of camping on Thetis Island. It was a spectacular trip. Sean's family has been camping at this same, privately-owned, campsite for over 50 years. It is right on the water and with the heat we had this weekend, there is no place I'd rather be than on the ocean where we could swim or wade along the shore to cool off.DAY 1
From start to finish, this was a great family trip. We got an early start on Friday morning and pulled my inlaws' trailer over the Malahat to Chemainus to catch the ferry to Thetis Island. We made it to the ferry with plenty of time to spare so we walked up through the town looking at the murals and enjoying this quaint yet vibrant little town. And of course, as is our tradition while waiting for the ferry, we had ice cream.
After the quick ferry ride to the island we drove through the bush to campsite #4 and set up camp. This is the "Roo".
These are all the things we enjoyed that evening after dinner:
1) Going for an after dinner row in the boat.
This is looking at our site from the boat. You can just see our chairs (left of centre) where we sit and watch the sunset from. The dinning tent (centre) you can't quite see and the little green tent (right of centre) we put up for our visitors.
2) Watching the sun set - this view never gets old.
4) We watched Venus set. (Venus is the little white dot in the top right hand corner)
5) Once it was completely dark out, we laid down on the warm sandstone and looked up at the star filled sky. We showed the girls the different constellations - the Big Dipper, of course. Then we waited... and then the meteor shower began. We saw shooting stars and satellites (which I have always called falling stars).
6) As stars shot through the sky, bats swooped over our heads. Some even close enough for us to feel the wind from their wings. So cool. We saw geese fly just above the water, honking as they went.
7) It was an extra late night for the girls. It was now 10:30 pm and time for the girls to go to bed but not before checking out the phosphoresence. If you have never experienced this before, it is an amazing sight. As you sweep your hand through the water it glitters like hundreds of tiny, brilliant diamonds. And this night's phosphorescence was one of the best I've ever seen. Absolutely beautiful.
Here is a video I found of youtube to give you an idea of how cool it is.
It was a perfect day!
Thetis Island Camping - to be continued...
Hope you had a great weekend, too.