There is so much textural contrast in downtown Victoria. I kinda love it.
Today has been beautiful. I started with the perfect playlist this morning, and work went well. I decided that allergies be damned, it was too nice to be inside and went to the beach. The wind was cold around the bluff, but this area was protected and the sun was warm. Perfect for a short on-paper planning session. It’s amazing how a sunny day can completely boost your mood. Hopefully, today is enough to get me through what looks to be an overcast week. Boo.
Today was an exploration day with Adam. The sun was out, but the wind was still quite cold. Not that this fuzzy guy seemed to care :) The sandstone beach looks like a strange moonscape (more photos in part two) and is quite slippery in sections. Luckily I think I used all my slipping powers on the icy snow earlier in the day.
This past weekend Eric and I went camping with Team Adventure. Bailey, Geoff, Sarah, and Anthony came over from Vancouver and set up at China Beach campground on Thursday. Eric and I met up with them on Friday after work. The forecast was for 10-15mm of rain, so we made sure to bring our sun shelter and a tarp. And lots of blankets; I learned from last time.
It didn’t take long to begin relaxing that night. Much of the area is a cellular dead spot, so there were no emails or notifications to create stress. I had pre-cooked pasta for us to heat up as a quick dinner, and Team Adventure made burgers. We had enough time for s’mores before the rain started. Before long, the light drizzle became a true rainfall. At least we had shelter and tea! I went to bed early, having woken up bright and early and had a gym day. The others stayed up. I didn’t sleep well in the pouring rain (so loud!) so I was still awake when the guys, full of “cheer” came back from a late night walk. Let’s just say there were shenanigans…
Oops. Someone rolled over when they shouldn’t have.
Saturday was wet and miserable. I call bs on the weather forecast. I later found out that Vancouver had the highest rainfall of the year so far.
*Here you can see Lake Adventure after it dissipated slightly.
Smiling despite the rain.
Thankfully I packed extra pants, though Eric didn’t. He retreated to the tent and blanket pile for the last half of the day to warm up and read. Since none of us really wanted to go for a walk to the beach in the wet, it was a fairly low key day of reading and colouring and whittling (and a jelly bean eating contest – but I’ll let Bailey tell you about that!)
Each time I thought it couldn’t rain harder, it did.
On a side note, holy crap our tent is amazing. It has been thoroughly rained on and sat in a puddle, but only let a tiny bit of water in. (Likely because the ground was too hard to put all the pegs in.) Totally worth it.
Saturday evening the rain tapered off (such a relief) so Bailey and I went for a walk to stretch. The night was much calmer, and I slept easier without the sound of heavy rain.
We woke Sunday to a beautiful sunrise shining through the tall trees. I think it improved everyone’s moods! The drier night certainly made packing up the tents and tarps a little less messy. Regardless of the weather, I say this trip was a success! I can only hope that next time we go, it’s dry. In my dreams, probably ;)
*Reverse chronological order. The sun disappeared :(
With only a few days left until our wedding, Eric and I made ourselves an island of relaxation (and also terror). Saturday found us at Western Speedway out in Langford for Race With Rusty. We had signed Eric up for ten laps of solo race car driving, but once we got there he sensibly added on the four laps of ride along to get used to the car. Those professional drivers certainly know how to go! It looked like tons of fun from up in the stands, though Eric says it was slightly terrifying being a passenger.
The cars reserved for solo drivers are throttled a bit (good thing!), but still have enough power to skid out around a corner. Thankfully I only saw two people do that. The track was marked and taped to guide drivers to the right area for their speed, and they had radios in their ear with spotters yelling at them to let off the gas or speed up. However, Eric said that it was difficult to see much out of the windows since the doors are so high and the cargo net can get in the way.
I managed to get lots of photos and some shaky video. Not the best quality clips, sans tripod, but good enough for the memories! I think I need to try this for myself, maybe next year.
Though this is all I can show you of what I filmed today, I can tell you it was a blast. Despite thunderstorms, seagulls, and a mysterious person sweeping the skylights, we filmed most of a video for a local show’s fundraising campaign. It’s great to be able to help out a friend, especially when I get to have fun doing it. Of course, now the sun is out and shining beautifully! Isn’t that just the way it goes?