got the bus from vancouver all the way to the other side of vancouver island. i stayed in a really cute little hostel on the outskirts of the mini town, the back garden opened out onto the water and bears wondered around pretty freely. although i managed not to see any, i think i was the only person in the hostel who didnt. typical. i was lucky to arrive just in time for ucee-days festival. hmmm. it was interesting. there were a couple of stands, a 'beer garden' and a little stage for local bands. the band i saw was middle age man rocking out with i assume were his two sons on drums and his daughter on the violin. go on the small town events!
i walked the pacific rim trail which was pretty quiet so i was super paranoid of bumping into a bear. cos you know when you hear rustling in the bushes beside you its highly unlikely a little bunny is gonna hop out in front of you.
also had my first surfing experience! it was 'awesome', right on. got a good whack on the head from the board more than once but its all part of the salty water fun. hung out with instructors for the evening. crazy surfing dudes.
my muscles were sore for the next few days and i believe that in future i will be a boogie board person.
got a life down to victoria with a guy from the hostel. think he was still drunk when we hit the road but he got better as the trip went on (shouldn't be telling you this mo!)
hung out in victoria for a couple of days-was very touristy but nice. also their mildly obsessed with their british heritage. union jacks were a flyin and they even had the old red double decker buses for their tours. i rented a bike and did some of the galloping goose trail-i did 20k round trip. biked to thetis lake and literally jumped straight in after the cycle. of course i did it when there was a crazy heat wave on-it was a great little swim!
from there i got the ferry from victoria to seattle-back into the u s of a.......