Marije and I have made it to Vancouver Island, after driving 7805 km across Canada. We arrived a few days ago, and we are just starting to acclimatize.
Currently we are spending most of our time looking for a place to live, driving all over town, getting to know the streets and hills, trying to find something that fits our needs and our stuff. The moving truck is still on its way, somewhere between here and Newfoundland, and we would like to have our new home before it arrives.
Nanaimo is a pretty big town, but it’s looking very good with all the sunshine and great weather we’ve been having. Right now it sort of feels like we’re on a strange house hunting vacation.
When we first arrived in town we were surprised to find a deer standing by the side of the road. “Wow look at that deer just standing there!”, I remember saying to Marije. Then we saw another one, then one with two little ones, then one with antlers, then more and more. Deer are everywhere, it’s like a petting zoo here.
In the bay at Marije’s new place of work, we saw something swimming around. The binoculars quickly confirmed my guess: a Harbour seal. A day later we returned to the same spot at low tide, and saw 25 of them sunbathing on the rocks!
Today was Canada Day of course, so we took the day off from our home-hunt and went on a whale watching tour from Cowichan. It was great, we spent well over an hour with a pod of Bigg’s Killer whales, there were two different whale families hanging out together and splashing all over the place!
I wish I could show you the pictures, but just like with the bear pictures, I have to wait for my computer to get here. I’ll just share my iPod pictures for the time being.
(Update: here are the pictures of our whale watching trip)