Vancouver Island and my expanding interests
August 22nd, 2009 by Jeff

Another week in and things are running a little more smoothly. We have been able to set up accommodations with family and couch surfers for the rest of the month. This has taken some of the pressure off the immediate “find a place to stay” scramble we were doing early on. However, Kate and I have been discussing the ease of internet accessibility in Canada, and that it may not last as we move further west in Asia (although it might – since we are planning on staying with couchsurfers who rely on the internet?). I guess well find out soon enough. However it turns out, Kate and I are feeling a little more pressure to get set plans in place for Japan, China, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

I have particularly enjoyed our time in Vancouver Island. Rock climbing with our host Kyle was an unexpected and pleasant surprise for me. I had always wanted to try climbing out in the wilderness on a real mountain (I had done the rock gym once or twice) and it definitely brought a new “edge” to the sport. Although I was strapped in and safe, I still had a very real fear of slipping and falling down the mountain. Also, I was much higher than I had ever been in a gym. On both climbs that I did, I opted to not push too hard and risk any injury (but it would be cool to try again and summit the section of mountain I was climbing). However, overall I was very happy with my performance and would definitely like to pursue this more (Jeff and Chloe – we should get together and do this in AZ when Tess and I get back in town).

Today we spent the day in Duncan. This is about 50 miles north of Victoria. The town has a quaint little city center and we went to the farmers markets (some things just won’t change with Kate – I am sure farmer’s markets will be on the “things to do” wherever we are). The market was very nice and I did get an awesome smoked venison sausage. (I also had some great smoked elk earlier in the week in Victoria). After the market we went on tour of the totem poles in the town. The local indigenous people have had totems in the culture for hundreds of years. It was very interesting to see the different forms and be told the reasons for totems: as a family ‘coat of arms’, as a method of story telling, as a memorial or burial tribute, in addition to a decoration for the homes. Seeing all this great art made me wonder what I’d use in a design for a Wells family totem? I think an eagle would need to be there somewhere, with Pappy as a pilot for American Airlines and my degree in Aerospace Engineering. The other stuff is still under consideration. I may sketch something out on this grand tour of ours.

We also spent some time today at a Raptor Sanctuary. I’ve always enjoyed seeing these birds of prey in the wild and this was a very up close look at them. The center does daily flying (off tether) demonstrations and we were in very close proximity to the birds; only a few feet away. One of the owls in the show was hand reared and allowed the trainer to manipulate his head and body to show us up close all the interesting things that make these birds so special. It was quite informative and educational (schooling points for Kate and I – woohoo). Falconry has always been something I have had an interest in and this experience definitely piqued my curiosity – this is another thing I will need to learn more about.

As far as the Network Administrator stuff goes – things seemed to have ironed out for the most part (knock on wood) no more major computer glitches (although the wireless seems to be a little finicky – my latest research seems to indicate it is just the nature of the Eee 1000HE network adaptor). I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.



5 Responses  
Auntie Krissy writes:
August 24th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Since you are the Network Admin. can you please work on getting hooked up to Skype, if you are not already? I can’t stand not being able to chat with Kate!!! I’ve been keeping me Skype on at all times so I won’t miss your call if I am at home. Enjoyed your blog! kg

grandma eb writes:
August 24th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I just have one question…weren’t they hard to light? badada

All of your stories were great. Loved the pics. Krissy says we can all be on Skype at the same time?

Phoebe I tried to send you an email but got it returned as a bad address. Thanks for the post card. I miss you too.

Stay well. xxoo eb

Anita (Nana) writes:
August 25th, 2009 at 8:23 am

Tessa, enjoyed your part on –animals & their meaning. Ask pappy about the “camp robberies-/birds” around our trailer in Dawson City,Yukon Canada. Ravens are clever. He lost a small piece of steak to one.
Nana & pappy enjoyed also viewing totem poles in our past travels. But we especially liked the Wells human pole, you all positioned!
Phoebe, your mom writing about the vanilla roubus tea, sounded tastefully interesting. I can picture you brewing some in my special 2 cup tea pot.
Something for pappy to think about, him in VietNam before your daddy was born and now you all going to visit. Awesome.
Shugorei just starting to shed since her grooming appointment. She misses you all. Pappy and nana took her to the “Stewart Farmers Market” Phoebe this past Sunday. Two families with children you and Tessa’s age came over with their parents and gave her sweet hugs. We were at the same grass area enjoying the St.Lucie River and Stewart shops with the music group setting up.
Love to all.

Thomas HERVOUËT writes:
August 26th, 2009 at 7:26 am

Bonjour Kate, Phoebe, Tessa and Jeff,
your website is really well done, and it’s a pleasure to “visit” it
Like you, I intend to be in New Zealand next year, but I’ll be there in March
so we won’t be able to meet in this country
But as you’ll be in France in May or June, we’ll try to organize a rendez-vous at that time
enjoy your trip

Marie at your dad's work writes:
August 28th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

It’s Friday afternoon at the “AIT factory” and i started reading your adventures and wishing I could join you. What wonderful stories, awesome pictures and lifetime memories. It will take me a few hours to read the whole diary, but what a treat. Take care

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