|Some days we camped in campgrounds.|
Other days we claimed our own "Private Idahos" in the forest.
This is our bush camping site at the end of a logging road near Port Alberni.
We spent two days/nights here, in our own little heaven.
|As one who has always slept in tents mounted on the ground,|
getting used to climbing in and out of a car-top tent took a little getting used to...
especially for mid-night tea-pees.
|We found great places to set-up the kitchen...|
|...and thanks to Ferit's cooking and luxurious gear, we dined in style.|
|We ate well, as did the mosquitos.|
We often donned our bank-robbery outfits to keep the little bastards at bay.
|We did some hiking.|
On one of the hikes, Ferit crafted a gorgeous wildflower daisy chain for me to wear.
|On another hike, Ferit learned the joy of hunting for blueberries.|
|We explored some caves.|
This cave is part of the Upana Cave system, near Gold River.
|And these small caves are located on the far north side of the island, in San Josef Bay.|
|We spent endless hours reading and talking.|
Those activities looked something like this.
|We practiced out drawing skills, with the help of Betty Edward's fantastic book called,|
"Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain."
Here, Ferit holds a portrait that I drew of him.
|And I am holding a portrait that Ferit drew of me.|
|In addition to portrait drawing, we also practiced our portrait photographing skills.|
Here is a photo I took of Ferit.
|And here is a photo that Ferit took of me.|
|We did some yoga...|
|...in amazingly beautiful places.|
|And we did some birdwatching, too. |
Here, Ferit is following an owl as he drives along a narrow dirt road.
|We measured the circumference of large trees in terms of hugs.|
|Hmmm...well, ok...it's more like I hugged the trees.|
This is the look I gave Ferit when he made fun of me for hugging trees.
|While on the beach, we enjoyed the beautiful dead jellyfish "artwork."|
|And Ferit enjoyed making some of his own beach artwork.|
|We climbed rock walls...|
|...and hung like monkeys from tree branches.|
|We leapt for joy...|
|...and made decent attempts to cartwheel for joy, too.|
|We made silly faces...|
|...and stuck larger-than-pea-sized objects up our noses.|
|I began the long process of learning to kite surf, |
while Ferit effortlessly sailed across the water...
|...and did awesome jumps in the air, such as this one...|
|...and this one, too. Wee!|
|Although we took too few showers on the trip,|
Ferit greatly enjoyed the ones he took.
|I had a good chuckle when realizing that Ferit's car repair kit|
was larger than his kite repair kit,
which in turn was (significantly) larger than his first aid kit.
|My chuckles turned to appreciation when Ferit successfully|
mended a hole in his 9-meter kite and repaired a flat tire, thanks to his repair kits.
Fortunately, I had packed my first aid kit,
which came in handy when I got stung by a bee on my lip.
|Ah, and we enjoyed the gorgeous sunsets.|
Other things we did, for which we do not have photographs, include:
- Seeing the world's largest fiberglass-covered tree burl, near Port McNeill. (Ferit wasn't terribly amused by the burl, but I was.)
- Driving over a nail-covered helipad in the middle of nowhere. (We were both amused by this.)
- Off-roading. Even with the Backroad Mapbook and the GPS, sometimes we got lost, and sometimes we were forced to turn around due to locked gates. Despite this, it was never a dull adventure.
- Seeing a bear rummaging around our bush camping site just outside of Whistler. Fortunately, Teddy was more interested in feeding on the termites than feeding on the humans.
- Seeing a whale. While Ferit was teaching me how to fly the "big kite" at Nitinat Lake, we spotted a whale in the lake not more than 15 feet in front of us. For a few minutes, she swam in the shallow water, occasionally coming up for air. What a treat!
- Booking tickets for our trip to Europe. We leave at the end of August. Although we purchased one-way tickets, we plan to return to Seattle in January. Three hoots for a fantastic time exploring Vancouver Island, and three more hoots for the next adventure!!
[Photo Credits: The second and third kiting photos were taken by Rachelle (a kiter we met from Hawaii). All other photos were taken by Ferit -- except for the photos of Ferit, which were taken by me.]