While we visit Vancouver, went to Starbucks we met a lot of guys who are interested in us. Always like “what language do you speak? “, “are you from Germany? “, “are you travellers? “and questions like that. So we talked a lot about our plans and actually what we did in the last weeks. And if we are not talking about Vancouver Island, they always recommended it, and we respond: sure, we will go. So there we were:
Road Trip Part 2 – Can you trust google maps? – Vancouver Island
Before we started, we went to Walmart and bought enough water and stuff to eat. Furthermore, we walked another time through IKEA and bought not more than we want, but ate Hot Dogs – a lot!
And after this – we were ready to start. We thought – as a German one does – okay Friday maybe there is a lot of traffic so we will take a ferry before end of the average work time. Well, we were wrong – the ferry is famous, always. So we didn’t miss the ferry, it was just full. So we had to wait for two and a half hour. However, two blocks away was a Starbucks – like always. And on the way to Starbucks we’ve got free pizza.
And then we drove on the ferry, take a seat and just relaxed and enjoyed the view of Vancouver.
After another two and a half hour, we were on Vancouver Island. And the first thing we recognized – it was just quite – and one of a Barista at Starbucks said, that this will be your first impression, and she was right.
On the first Road Trip Part, we always just drove, and at the end of the day, we looked up for a place to sleep. This time not and that was pretty good. So we directly started our first ride to Port Alberni. After a half an hour of drive, we made a stop at Parksville. For breath and a fantastic view. There were such a beautiful park and something like a resort. Must be expensive, but I think it would be worth it. We arrived there at about 6 pm and stayed there for an hour.
Our sleeping place was between Parksville and Port Alberni, so we went back to our car and got the next drive.
The place we found was pretty famous; there were two other cars, so no overnight problems. The one couple slept already, the other made a campfire and we, we cooked our dinner. And the weeks before we almost ate something from Subway, A&W, Safeonfoods so more fast food things. Yep and this time, like a German guy, pasta with ketchup. Ketchup was the most comfortable way ^^. I never felt so glad for a simple meal like that.
We slept near to a river and felt excited for the upcoming days.
Next morning we take it slowly. Made breakfast, tested our toaster thing for our camping cooker, and enjoyed nature.
After our sweet morning routine (okay we didn’t do sport – we always say it, but never do it) we walked around the river. The nature of Canada is so beautiful – but we didn’t go that long, because we got other plans for the day.
First, we drove back to MacMillan Provincial Park. First, we did not know, that this is a famous and historical place. So we were amazed by how overcrowded it was. Well, it didn’t keep us out. So on both sides of the street were parking lots. We crossed the road and went into the park. Took pictures like everybody else and then we found it lovely little lake with trees. And for the perfect images, we got on the trees. Alex took a picture of me and then… yes, what happened then?! Now I would say, two idiots with the same idea, at this time we thought we were smart? Seriously it was just dump.. we tried to change our positions on the tree. And you can see how thin it is… so as a conclusion we just swam. It was not funny to go back to our car, but nobody recognized it.
After changing our clothes, we travelled on. Take a break in Port Alberni for wifi and arrived at our final destination near to the Kennedy lake. So we were on our way to the famous surfer town Tofino.
We had another spot with a lovely river, and this time, we made a campfire. On rocks on the water – listen to music, made a warm dinner and played guitar. The sunset on the river was so wonderful.
And this time we didn’t hear the road, so we slept pretty well.
After breakfast, we drove to Tofino. A little town and the paradise for surfers. Amazing it didn’t feel like Canada anymore. More like Hawaii or something like that. Palms, warm breezes – fantastic! Just amazing. I bought some shoes for swimming, and we thought about going to a restaurant for lunch. And after we looked at the menu, we left first. But we turned around and asked for a table. They gave us water without asking for it, so we thought it is going to be expensive. Well, both of us ate a burger, and yes, it was just delicious. And we paid a price which was okay. The water was for free, and everything was great. A lovely place. However, they asked us, if we want to sit outside or inside – on a sunny beautiful warm day… come on, off course outside! So everything was perfect at the location.
Moreover, we visit some beaches, but one of these beaches were in a National Park, and we didn’t get a pass, so we had to move on.
And now the incredible thing about this trip: When we droved to the city Tofino it was sunny and warm. And on the south coast, we get a view of clouds and thought, oh maybe it will rain. But it looked like kilometres away. After 5 minutes we were in a fog. And read a sign, which said, that we were in the rain forest. Or something like that. So funny. And after the rain forest, we get a blue sky and the lovely sun back… wow. That was weird but also extraordinarily.
Back at our spot, we had an idea of swimming. But this time, we want to swim. So we took on our swimwear. I took my swimming shoes too and a towel and then we tried to get into the water. Well, it was cold. Cold! I never felt how much pain it is, when your feet get frozen. I don’t know; the water was beautiful but just crisp. We couldn’t swim, but we were in the water. After that, we chill in the sun, ate something and went to bed.
After Tofino, we planned to go to Victoria. We asked Google maps for a way belong to the south – not the highway at the north. So we followed Google maps. First, it was a breadth gravel route. It was okay, not excellent, but okay. But after two hours it got smaller and more and more like a real offroad track. And just as a reminder: We don’t have a 4×4 car! But Alex did it well. He handled ruts; I had to remove trees from the road and stuff like that. Well, we should have turned around. But we moved on, so we had to recognize that we have to turn around. We had to stop because of a huge rut from the right site to the left. There was no chance. So backwards for round about one kilometre. This small offroad… not a good idea. And yes you were right: We got stuck in another rut. Lost our mudflap and got mad because we were in the middle of nowhere without network. And this was the time, where I felt happy about the monologues from my dad. So I figured out and was able to drive the car free. Wow, you can’t imagine how that feeling was. When we got stuck, I nearly freaked out, and after we were free I didn’t felt happy, not facilitated, I was just completely frozen and just wanted to get back on the fastest way. After all, the sun had already set. So to this point, we drove like 2 hours, we were back after 1 1/2… and I didn’t drive faster than allowed – I just drove with offroad skills ^^. That could be funny, but this time, it was only a purpose.
Back at the breadth gravel route, it already got dark, and we had to take care because on the street were small wood. A transporter must have loosened it.
In Port Alberni we slept on a Walmart parking place – The customer service was kind and let us sleep there.
On Thursday we decided to stay one more time in Port Alberni because so we could take another traveller to Victoria as well. She recommended a park near Port Alberni we could visit on this day. So we drove … and we figured out, that we already had been there. It was the park where we swam. Well, we revisited it because we just walked through the one side. And we got into the other park side, and this one was the right side! Now we realized why it feels like a turi spot at this park. There are historic trees, the original maple tree of Canada and it was pretty cool there.
So we spent there a few hours and went back to Port Alberni for a night.
Next day, it was a Wednesday, we waited for Luisa, the young traveller who accompanies us to Victoria. We made a stop at the Kinsol Trestle for pictures and a break.
After the trestle, we drove to Victoria and looked first in the Park in Downtown – Beacon Hill Park. Lovely with crazy animals. Squirrel behaving like Models. Ducks and geese. Furthermore, amazing trees! I don´t get it, how they can grow like this!
After the park, we brought Luisa to her Hostel, and we walked around the harbour. In the evening we met again with Luisa and picked out a small restaurant for dinner and then we went for a walk on the harbour. The sunset was so amazing. Really nice. Victoria is a great little city. But we decided to leave on the same day and drove to a Walmart for the night.
We were told, that we can sleep there. But when we arrived, we recognized no overnight parking signs and the Walmart Customers said something like “try it, but maybe you get bothered”. So we thought about it for a long time. Alex asked a man in a camper van what he does. And he said that he would left because he lives in this town. However, he mentioned, that we can sleep here because they don’t care about a truck (Pickup). Just RV’s are not welcomed.
Next day we followed google maps again to a lake, and we thought, that we can follow the road to Nanaimo as well, well we didn’t. So we turned around again and yeah just followed the main road back. But this time there was a sign “private property. No trespassing”. That was pretty clear.
Again the ferry to Vancouver – and yeah that was our trip. We were back at our home Walmart/Tim Hortons parking spot.
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