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Alaska’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 01 Jul 2009

Location: Victoria, B.C., Canada

MapThis day turned out much differently than planned.....good that we are flexible. We leisurely began the day with a good breakfast consisting of bacon and egg on toast 'round circle, yellow eggie'. The road leading to the Cowhichan area Native Cultural Center in Duncan 30 minutes north of our KOA, came to a dead end quick as they were closed for the Canada Day holiday. Although it spoiled our plans, it did not spoil our day. Everyday with the Sonnen girls is an adventure. We stopped at Starbucks to get a fix and noticed a video shop nearby.....had to buy Twighlight for the van. We then decided in order to spice up our day, we had to stop along the road at a few of the well marked wineries, part of a winery tour on Vancouver Island. We bought 4 bottles of wine between us and Tracy had an introduction to the wine-tasting process. The rules here for a winery, require that the owner have 2 acres, minimum, of the grapes that make the wine they sell. As we visited one, in conversation with the connosieure (sp?), we discovered a quaint town on the edge of Cowichan Bay. We ate at Rock Cod Cafe. Here we had some of the best seafood dishes we'd ever tasted. Tracy & I had Peanut Crusted fried Oysters with spicy Thai sauce. Gwynne had coconut dipped fried prawns. Sam had Caesar salad and I think this nearly gave Tracy a heart attack. He has tried several new things on this trip, another mark of a great adventurer. Our dessert took us a few doors down to Udder Guy's Ice Cream Shop where we all had some homemade icecream.....YUMMY! All-in-all, the better portion of the day turned out quite well to our surprise. We grabbed a few groceries at Safeway in Duncan and headed home to rest & check on Marmar Jane who stayed behind once again to rest and sew. As Gwynne and I napped, Tracy took Sam down to the heated pool for a swim and sat with Marmar Jane by the pool to play Rummy. I fixed spaghetti w/ meat sauce. Gwynne fixed a salad. Sam ate both and we are freaking out now. We head out tomorrow morn for Anacortes on a ferry, back to the mainland USA to meet up with Joe & Tony and perhaps visit the Pike's Market we were unable to see the other day.