Walking from the parking lot towards Miracle Beach itself.

Walking from the parking lot towards Miracle Beach itself.

Small green crab scuttling away.

Small green crab scuttling away.

Saturday morning and afternoon of last weekend became a one day holiday – spent travelling down island to Nanaimo from Campbell River!

We took the old Highway from Campbell River and admired the scenery stopping here and there to take pictures.   Living close to and influenced heavily by the Ocean waters of the Georgia Strait I don’t often look inland.

I forget that the Island is bigger than some countries and has a very impressive spine of mountains, on par with the Coastal Ranges across the water.  The Vancouver Island Ranges were shining in the sunshine, their peaks still covered with snow.  As we drove there were small and large farms with rolling fields, followed by green hills running up to the snow-capped peaks – a visual feast.

On the way we stopped at Miracle Beach.  We didn’t have long so we only stayed for a short while.  I want to go back and spend a day – it was gorgeous.

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Looking up as we left the beach area.

Looking up as we left the beach area.

A quick stop in Courtney for Hot Cinnamon Spice loose tea, only available at the Tea Centre.  And then we bombed up the new highway to Cuckoo for a late lunch.

Cuckoo has only been around a short while, only a year or so, but what a great place for lunch (or any meal!).  The restaurant itself was almost empty – everyone was out eating on the terrace.  The terrace is huge and gorgeous, shaded by old trees.  It is on a couple of levels, with high planters dividing some areas from others.  There were birds swooping through the trees and butterflies flitting about.  A wonderful place to linger with a friend over lunch.

I had to be home early enough to get ready for Chemainus Dinner Theatre.  My husband and I were joining friends for dinner and the show – Delicious Lies.  It was a wonderful end to an amazing day.

Happy Knitting

Lynette