Luckily long weekends crop up almost every month (much more sensible distribution than the UK) and we've made excellent use of the first two of spring:
Easter time whale watching
|Sunset, West Coast style|
|Yes, we think it did walk there|
But actually, it turned out pretty nice. We walked on the huge expanses of sandy beach in the Pacific Rim National Park, watched grey and humpback whales, saw our first sea otter (!) and cooked up on the beach in an amazing sunset. No coastal wolves yet, but there's always next time...
Wine tasting and rock
|Baby vines at the Nichol vineyard|
All was resolved by morning, just in time to start out tour of B.C. vineyards. Little did we realise that the Canadian wine that makes it's way to the Vancouver liquor stores is the bottom of the barrel and they actually produce some excellent wine, particularly whites. I pretended to know the difference between Bordeaux and Burgundy style and Mark's savvy actually got us some 'below the counter' tastings. With temperatures in the high twenties, clear blue skies and acres of dry vineyards it felt very European and totally unlike our home turf.
|So they DO put the signs in the right place|
So, summer has begun (though it's raining as I type this) and next stop is the 300 miles of beaches of Oregon.