We've always wanted to visit Tofino, so decided to drive there and spend the night. It was magical.
|Tofino's life centers around fishing, lumber and tourism|
|Crystal clear water|
Surfers come to Tofino year round; many are young people who work in the service industry in between catching the next waves. How they can surf while wearing dry suits is beyond me.
|Surfers taking a lesson|
|We stayed at the beautiful Wickaninnish Inn|
|View from our room|
Food also plays an important part of Tofino's culture and we had fantastic meals.
|Best ever salmon burger for me, and Thai curry mussels for Roger|
|Cedar plank salmon|
|I read about this great food truck "Tacofino" where they served .... you guessed it...tacos. Muy delicioso!|
In the morning we took a whale watching tour, but first, our boat participated in the annual Blessing of the Fleet which included boats from the Coast Guard, tours, and fishermen who had their vessels blessed by a local priest.
|Any day on a boat is a good day|
|Boats lining up for blessing that was broadcast over radios|
|After the brief ceremony, boats paraded by the main dock and had water squirted onto the boats|
Our main goal was to see some of the grey whales that are migrating north to Alaska from Mexico. While we didn't see any whales breach, we saw several whales spout water, and break the surface of the water.
|Whale spouting water (center of picture) before going underwater|
|Grey whale breaking the surface of the water|
|Sea lions sunbathing on a small island near the harbour|
On a recent trip to Victoria to get our passports renewed, the agent looked through our very colorful passports and warned us the new passports don't have as many pages as our current one and at the rate we are going, she thought we'd have to get a new passport earlier than when it expires in 10 years. In unison, we said, "We hope we won't be traveling as much!"
I must say, I will miss seeing my Colombian visa that was so photoshopped to erase my wrinkles and blemishes by the well meaning young woman at the photo kiosk I went to in Medellin, that I worried Immigration wouldn't accept it!
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
Henry David Thoreau