First was the drive to Nanaimo where we dropped Freya off with Jason and Kristi. They are in the middle of a major main floor renovation Jason is DIY. New kitchen and bathroom countertops, new flooring and taking the texture off the ceiling. Their house is totally upside down now, with only the basement bathroom functioning. Fortunately, they have the suite downstairs where Kristi hides from all of the dust as it affects her asthma. Freya was excited to be with her "packmates". Apparently she slept all night on the bed with Kristi, one of her favorite places. lol
On the way to Blyt's we saw a sign at the French Creek Marina for sidestripe shrimp so we pulled in there first. The herring fishery is about to open in the next day or so. The harbour is filled with boats. Managed to pick up a couple of pounds of fresh frozen shrimp off the boat and then went over to the fish market for a few more things.
|One shrimp boat in one crowded marina.|
The marina is only a few minutes from Martin and Suzanne's and we arrived at 3pm. Lots of laughs and catching up with each other was achieved. They served us a great dinner of barbecued steak and fixin's. (Awesome mushroom caps) It was to bed by 9:30 as we are all early risers and the time change was tonight! We slept in their downstairs rental suite and had a great sleep. With the time change we got up at 7am. Yeah back to normal time. lol We were treated to Crab Cake Bennies for breakfast. Yummm.
|Entrance to their BnB suite.|
|Martin helping cook our breakfast.|
After breakfast it was off to the Parksville boardwalk for a little bit of fresh air. What a beautiful day. There were quite a few fish boats using the sonar for the herring and the Coast Guard was also cruising around. Apparently the fishery was opened yesterday but we did not see any nets deployed.
All the fishing boats getting into position off French Creek yesterday.
After our lovely stroll it was time for Ray and I to head back to Nanaimo, pick up Freya and come back to the Lake. Ray can only take so much sitting in the car and it is over and hour and a half drive from French Creek and with the stop at Kristi's it will be 2 hours before we get home. A fabulous visit. Thanks guys for a wonderful visit.