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Another Day on the Rim

More Water, More Trees, More Natural Beauty

Another walk on McKenzie Beach near Tofino. Then, I decided to head back to Ucluelet. It was drizzling rain - have I mentioned that my windshield wipers don't work consistently?
I was still vacillating between a kayak tour or whale watching, but finally decided on a ride on a boat instead of using my own power.- shame on me!
Ready for an Excursion

Ready for an Excursion


The tour went past the lighthouse and some of the beaches I had walked along yesterday.
Same Lighthouse Different View

Same Lighthouse Different View


See the Whale

See the Whale


Well, I didn't see him either! The captain said we were traveling right beside him for about 30 minutes. Everyone else claimed they saw a whale surface and spout at least 10 times. They kept shouting "See there, Paula! Did you see him?"
I finally started crying out "Yes! I see him!!"
But I only saw the last bit of a spray a couple of times and perhaps a bit of rounded back once.
I Missed Him Again

I Missed Him Again


We did see many harbour seals. But, ho hum. After one spends 2 months witnessing the birthing and mating season of the elephant seals near San Simeon, California any other seal viewing is anticlimactic.
Harbor Seals

Harbor Seals


We did see several sea otters, which made me very happy. Two had pups with them and were feeding. They are so lively and the boat so rocking I could not get a good photo.
Sea Otter

Sea Otter


Years ago, I decided to stop buying a ticket to any planetarium. As soon as the lights go off and the stars come on, I am sound asleep. I now vow to never spend $100+ for a whale excursion.

Stainless Steel Sculptures

Stainless Steel Sculptures


I drove and rode my bicycle by this corner many times without realizing it might be worth taking a closer look at. Trucks, dumpsters, and cracked concrete seem to divert the eye even though you are aware that something interesting might be here.
I needed to replenish my vodka supply and this area is also part of the liquor store parking lot. The artist was actually finishing Surfer Girl, so I talked to him for a while, which made me take a closer look at Mike Camp's sculptures.
It was then I realized that The Raven Lady is also a gournet food truck and this "sculpture garden" is the place for outdoor dining.
Surfer Girl

Surfer Girl


One of the sculptures is The Wanderer. Viewers can write on an oyster shell (this is also where you can purchase fresh local oysters) and hang it on the sculpture. I wrote I Think I'll Just Be Happy Today - the slogan on a trinket daughter Laura gave me for my birthday.
The Wanderer

The Wanderer


I decided to camp near Port Alberni so I could visit the museum before I headed to Victoria on the 20th. The closest campground is Sprout Lake.
The main campground is just like every other one I have found in BC. However, they have just installed a few tent sites on the hill above the lake. I kept my van in the parking log and shared this spot with some travelers from Germany for their tents.
Now THIS IS a Campsite

Now THIS IS a Campsite


There is a stone wall of petroglyphs in this park.
Wall of Stories

Wall of Stories


Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs


Photographing a Real Photographer

Photographing a Real Photographer


I enjoyed this spot so much that I skipped the Port Alberni museum to sit here and read and knit.

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The Pacific Rim

Sea and Sand

Gradually since the 1970s, Ucluelet (yew'-kloo-let) or affectionately called Ukee) and Tofino have become vacation spots for Islanders and world travelers. Although it is less than 25 miles between the two towns, it was not connected by a road until the 1930s - or perhaps even later. My sources seem to be in disagreement.
A Misty Morning

A Misty Morning


As I had no desire to hang around the Ucluelet campground, I took off for an early morning walk.
Start of the Lighthouse Loop

Start of the Lighthouse Loop


around the lighthouse point.
It was still a bit overcast and the water a little choppy. The buoy bell clanged incessantly and occasionally the larger alarm called out.
Viewpoints All Along the 3 km Walk

Viewpoints All Along the 3 km Walk


It was a very pleasant walk. I only saw two other couples on the trail. True to Canadian and Canadian visitor behaviour, neither of them stopped to chat.
100 Yearl Old Lighthouse

100 Yearl Old Lighthouse


Little Boat in the Bay

Little Boat in the Bay


Fishermen in the Rain

Fishermen in the Rain


The main path is less than 3 km long. However, there are many little side paths where you can walk down and have a fantastic view and, if it is not raining, sit and contemplate life. I managed to turn an estimated 45 minute stroll into a 2 hour excursion despite the rain.

Only Wildlife I Saw

Only Wildlife I Saw


There are frequent visits of bear, deer, and wolves in the area. I hoped to see at least something. I saw one gray squirrel. The next day, I talked to two different groups (Yes, I did finally find someone to talk to!) who had watched a bear on the beach around 4 in the afternoon. The early bird does not always catch the worm - or see the bear.
Bear Was Here 6 Hours Later

Bear Was Here 6 Hours Later


Lovelocks

Lovelocks

Oyster Jim , a man from Colorado who moved here when he was about 30 on a back-to-earth endeavor, is responsible for the development of this trail and a much longer stretch of the West Coast Trail.

Every clerk, waitress, and service person I came in contact with asked me if I had seen the storm the previous night. I always replied that "Yes, I had enjoyed listening to it from the comfort of my bed in the van." I only learned later that everyone was so excited because thunder and lightning are very rare on Vancouver Island. We might get 300 days of sunshine in Denver, but we also get at least 150 brief and violent lightning storms a year - always on the same day and often at the same time as the shining sun!

I kept debating over whether to go on a whale viewing expedition or a kayak tour. After such indecision, I missed both opportunities. Instead, I spent the day at the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.

The visitor center has been remodeled in recent years and many features of the park emphasize First Nations history. The word Reserve was added to the name of the National Park because some of the First Nations are now claiming they never signed the treaty so this land is a Reserve (Reservation in the USA). So far, negotiations continue on how to maintain this beautiful land and beaches for the public instead of private development for either First or Canadian nations.
The only picture I took of the visitor center was of a couture contest held this year at a local high school.
Fashion Contest from Found Items

Fashion Contest from Found Items


The history of this area is interesting from all aspects: First Nations, European explorers, small numbers of settlers, hippies, and now tourism. There are several online links, so I will just let those who are interested delve into them. I also saw several interesting books on the local history, but decided not to purchase any.
Of course, I took another forest and beach walk here in the National Park Reserve.
Welcoming Totem

Welcoming Totem


Natural Totem

Natural Totem


Another Well Maintained Walkway

Another Well Maintained Walkway


Forest Floor

Forest Floor


Surfing Lesson

Surfing Lesson


South Beach

South Beach


Sand and Surfers

Sand and Surfers


Tofino was filled with tourists. I didn't feel like touring the shops, but finally found a place to park and enjoyed a delightful order of fish and chips at Shelter.
Eat at Shelter

Eat at Shelter


I drove into only one campground (once again, all sites stacked like cordwood). All spots reserved. I just wanted to relax, so I stopped at the first lodge I saw and rented a room. There are many lovely lodges, cabins, VRBO and AirBnB spots along here. If you come with a plan, book before you arrive.
For My $260

For My $260


Oh Yeh There Is a Bathroom

Oh Yeh There Is a Bathroom


And a Little Outdoor Seating

And a Little Outdoor Seating


I enjoyed my modest room and some nice walks on the beach admiring the shore and other rental options.
Long House Style Cabins

Long House Style Cabins


Rent Me

Rent Me


Perhaps $400 a Night

Perhaps $400 a Night


Patterns in the Sand

Patterns in the Sand


I was feeling almost as bitter about the cost of my room as my friend Dominique did about the cost of hotel rooms in the USA. I just now used the currency converter and realized that my $263 Canadian was $200 USD - not really so bad for a beach front room.

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Seeing More of Vancouver Island

Mid Island

Marina at French Creek

Marina at French Creek


I drove through two campgrounds. Even if there had been a vacant spot, I would not have wanted to stay. For all the available forests on this island they cram the campsites into the smallest possible area providing each spot only the width of an RV.
I drove to the marina and found a parking spot. Even though there were other cars, no one was in them because they were all on their boats or had taken the ferry.
I had a nice view.
Cruise Ship across the Strait

Cruise Ship across the Strait


Sailboat on the Strait of Georgia

Sailboat on the Strait of Georgia


Additionally there was a nice restaurant across the parking lot.
Sunset from the French Creek Grill

Sunset from the French Creek Grill


The restaurant cat and a wee field mouse came out to play. I don't think the cat really wanted to catch it; just wanted to make it run. I couldn't get a good picture, but I wanted to save this to remind me of the cute entertainment.
Cat and Mouse at Play

Cat and Mouse at Play


I am confident there are more Canada Geese permanently residing in Denver's city parks than there are in all of Vancouver Island. A few stayed with me in the marina.
Canada Geese in for the Night

Canada Geese in for the Night


Low Tide in the AM

Low Tide in the AM


The next morning, I headed west on route 4. Guess what I did again today? This time, the stroll was in what is called the Cathedral Grove.
A Very Nice Walk in the Woods

A Very Nice Walk in the Woods


Goblins

Goblins


CG Eassier to Walk than Avatar Grove

CG Eassier to Walk than Avatar Grove


A Tree Grows from a Burnt Tree

A Tree Grows from a Burnt Tree


Vandals Set Fire to this 500 YO Tree

Vandals Set Fire to this 500 YO Tree


There were only a few placards explaining what you were seeing. For example, one explained how vandals had set fire to this tree and they removed all of it but this trunk so we could witness the result of carelessness or disrespect. One of the others described butt rot. There were very few others describing all the ferns, leaves, plants, trees. I think they just liked the name of this one. Please note that butt rot is different than root rot, but there was no placard showing us root rot.
Seeping Butt Rot

Seeping Butt Rot


Stalker

Stalker


800 YO Biggest Tree

800 YO Biggest Tree


This 800-year-old tree (the biggest one in the forest) is taller than the Tower of Pisa in Italy. But not nearly as big as those Bazil and I saw in the Redwood Forest of California.
Perhaps it is okay I couldn't find the big tree a few weeks ago. I wouldn't have been that impressed!

I drove on to Port Alberni to visit their museum. Too bad, it is closed on Sunday. I stopped for brunch instead.
No One to Take My Picture

No One to Take My Picture


Continuing along on route 4, the road crosses over more than one mountain pass - summit around 600 meters - less than 2000 feet. Not even half as high as Denver, but you climb this elevation in just a few miles instead of gradually arriving at it across the plains of Kansas and eastern Colorado.
I was surprised to see snow on the very high mountains on the horizon.
Snow on the Mountaintop

Snow on the Mountaintop


The road is so narrow, there was no place to pull over and get a good picture. This road was not paved until 1972. The first gravel road was bullt in the 1930s as a combined government and lumber industry project to provide employment during the depression. Until then, there was no way to get across the island. The only access to the towns and settlements along the coast was by ship.
The campground I chose had a spot with "a view of the water."
I Am Not Impressed with VI Campgrounds

I Am Not Impressed with VI Campgrounds


Could not find anyone interested in chatting a while. Someone had asked me if I ever get lonely traveling alone and I replied that if I do I just find someone to talk to for a while. Well, guess what? I got a wee bit lonely tonight.
Another Chevy Van

Another Chevy Van


This crazy, wild Chevy van pulled right in beside me. What a hoot! I thought surely these folks would talk to me about our vans and get a conversation going. No such luck. Fortunately, I had a good book and some knitting.
For two hours the thunder rumbled and then the rain poured.
I was cozy in my van and glad that I don't do tent camping.

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The Week Winds Down

Leaving on a Jet Plane


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Bazil had just enough time to take more candid shots of his grandmother and cousin plus a few selfies before he had to leave on a jet plane back to Denver.
Another Fatface Selfie

Another Fatface Selfie


Another Irritating Candid

Another Irritating Candid


Someone Else is Tired of Candids

Someone Else is Tired of Candids


Again this summer, he is studying drums in a local School of Rock and had to get back for lessons and practice sessions.

I had a few more days with baby Carley and the adults in the family.
Aunt and Uncle Godparents

Aunt and Uncle Godparents


Hanrahan Panek Family at Dinner

Hanrahan Panek Family at Dinner

Carley has some rough daytime hours, but is definitely a perfect nighttime baby. That is the most important.
Who Is Not a Happy Baby

Who Is Not a Happy Baby


Hopefully, Brendan and Stephanie had time to go to work and have some free time while I was there. It would be a pity if they didn’t get any benefits from having me as a houseguest. Brendan is the stay-at-home parent when Stephanie is on assignment. He was able to go in to work while I was there and on Stephanie's days off, she was able to do errands and have a bit of pampering with the masseuse and at the nail salon.
Paula and Grandpuppy Relaxing

Paula and Grandpuppy Relaxing


Mother and Child

Mother and Child


Then, it was time for me to leave on a jet plane. Bye bye baby. I return to Vancouver Island.
Canadian Mapleleaf

Canadian Mapleleaf


Welcome to Victoria Intrnational Airport

Welcome to Victoria Intrnational Airport


Ol' '95 Waiting

Ol' '95 Waiting

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Who Loves LaLa?

Who Does LaLa Love?


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Bazil Feeding Cousin Carley

Bazil Feeding Cousin Carley


Bazil and I are always on little jaunts to look at something. Now we can take Cousin Carley with us.
Walking to Donut Shop and Bookstore

Walking to Donut Shop and Bookstore


Walking on the Westside

Walking on the Westside


Found a Cat to Cuddle

Found a Cat to Cuddle


Brendan made sure Bazil could show me some of his drum and bass practices
Playing a Les Paul Bass

Playing a Les Paul Bass

Drumming in Burbank

Drumming in Burbank


Carley slept through two hours at Guitar Center and Barnes and Noble.
Love Between Cousins

Love Between Cousins


Carley provided the helium balloons so we could act foolish. It is too big of a hassle to load videos on TravellersPoint, so I will save everyone this nonsense. Instead,I will share one of Bazil's selfies.
Someday Your Neck Will Look Like This

Someday Your Neck Will Look Like This


Is Bazil jealous over all the comments about how cute the baby is?
Carley's Play Area

Carley's Play Area


I'm Still Cute Too LaLa

I'm Still Cute Too LaLa


One of the Grandpuppies

One of the Grandpuppies


Two Crybabies

Two Crybabies


All Grandbabies Are Quiet

All Grandbabies Are Quiet

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Happy Birthday to Me

Leave Vancouver Island BC for Burbank CA


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I slept in Ol' '95 on the night of July 9 so I could take a 6 AM flight off Vancouver Island.

There are no hotels close to the Victoria International Airport - which is really in a field about 35 km outside of Victoria. Additionally, none of the hotels have airport shuttles and I didn't think I could find a cab to get me to the airport by 5 AM. I was very happy to have the comfort of my bed on wheels.
Sleeping at YYJ

Sleeping at YYJ


Leaving YYJ for SEATAC

Leaving YYJ for SEATAC


It was only a 25 minute flight to Seattle with layover and 14 HOURS before I would arrive in Burbank.
Only 13 More Hours at SEATAC

Only 13 More Hours at SEATAC


Only 10 More Hours at SEATAC

Only 10 More Hours at SEATAC


Fortunately, I was able to find a 2 PM flight with one seat remaining.
Fortunately I Have TSA Pre

Fortunately I Have TSA Pre


In Burbank, California, I met my new granddaughter Carley Rose Hanrahan
Hello Carley Rose Hanrahan

Hello Carley Rose Hanrahan


Carley Meets LaLa

Carley Meets LaLa


and was greeted by my favorite grandson Bazil Kai.
Greetings

Greetings


LaLa Plus Two

LaLa Plus Two


Bazil Feeding Cousin Carley

Bazil Feeding Cousin Carley


We celebrated that evening with red chocolate cake and red wine.
Happy 72nd

Happy 72nd


Bazil brought gifts from home that included an Amazon gift card, trinkets for Ol' 95, and books he had selected.
I Think I'll Just Be Happy Today

I Think I'll Just Be Happy Today


A really special gift was the book with 50 fill in the blank entries on What I Love About My Grandma.
Special Gift from Bazil

Special Gift from Bazil


I cried at almost all 50 of them even though he had to admit that some of them he had to think hard before he could come up with a response. For example, I love it when you wear that scarf.
In Case I Miss Colorado

In Case I Miss Colorado


My sister thought this was a clever card!
Two of Us Are Too Busy to Eat Cake

Two of Us Are Too Busy to Eat Cake

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From Mammoths to Miniatures

Victoria Has It All


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Victoria, in every part I visited, is a charming town.
Charming Victoria

Charming Victoria


They have put forth a definite effort to maintain the historic buildings, repurpose them, and keep the city a place for locals, business, and tourists.
Most Looka Appealing

Most Looka Appealing


Tourists and Locals

Tourists and Locals


The Hudson Bay Company was the first business on Vancouver Island. Some of its buildings have been repurposed into other retail, but this department store is still vital shopping that anchors an urban mall. I even bought a new piece of luggage here.
Hudson's Bay Company

Hudson's Bay Company


I had to do some research to find out if there was a relationship between HBC and Hudson's Department Store in Detroit (now Target stores). There is not. HBC was started by two Frenchmen on the actual Hudson Bay; Hudson's was started by an Englishman by that surname in Detroit.

The Royal BC Museum has excellent natural history displays in addition to the human history I described previously.
Lyuba the 40,000 YO Baby Wooly Mammoth

Lyuba the 40,000 YO Baby Wooly Mammoth


Many Bones from Colorado

Many Bones from Colorado


True to my interests, I spent hours in the other wing, looked at the mammoths, and walked past the geology exhibits.

Miniature World

Miniature World


Today my mission was to visit Miniature World.
There are so many dioramas, it almost becomes overwhelming.
Lots of World War II

Lots of World War II


More WWII

More WWII


American Civil War and Many Napoleonic Battles

American Civil War and Many Napoleonic Battles


Oh enough of these battlefields!
Trains Trains and More Trains

Trains Trains and More Trains


One of my favorite was an exact replica of a working saw mill. It had a label:
"Due to the extreme fire hazard, Miniature World is now prohibited from demonstrating the actual functioning Push the button to watch the video explaining and showing the operation."
The video has the gentlemen who was created the miniature explaining and demonstrating each step., His employment for all his adult life was to maintain the blades in an actual mill. As a hobby, he built this replica.
I didn't take any pictures. I think it was one of those things where "you had to be there."
There were dozens more displays of doll houses, story books, Camelot, on and on and on and .........
Here are just a few photos:
Circus Parade

Circus Parade


Working Amusement Park

Working Amusement Park


Push the green button and watch Jack swing his axe and hear the giant bellow "Fee, Fie, Foe, Fum!".Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk


Buffalo Bill Wild West Show

Buffalo Bill Wild West Show

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Victoria Chinatown

The Oldest (and smallest) Chinatown in Canada


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Dragon on the Corner

Dragon on the Corner


Gates to the One Block Chinatown

Gates to the One Block Chinatown


Discovery Tours has several walking tours of Victoria. The walk through Victoria Chinatown was my third. I recommend their tours.
Although it is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and, at one time, the largest, today it is only about one block.
One Block

One Block


Amid the traditional Dim Sum restaurants and tourist junk shops,
TOC Buildings in Chinatown

TOC Buildings in Chinatown


you will find traditional grocers and medicines.
Traditional Restaurants and Grocers

Traditional Restaurants and Grocers


There is also the Yen Wo Society temple. Visitors are welcome. If you are on the walking tour, you will get instructions on how to make a request and offerings to each of the altars.
Door to theYen Wo Temple

Door to theYen Wo Temple


Processional Flags

Processional Flags


One Corner of the Temple

One Corner of the Temple


Bow and Place Incense

Bow and Place Incense


Several Altars in the Temple

Several Altars in the Temple


Tap the Drum and Strike the Gong

Tap the Drum and Strike the Gong


Send Your Prayers

Send Your Prayers


In the past, Victoria's Chinatown was much larger. Their history here is similar to that of Washington, Oregon, and San Francisco area. It all started with the famine and political turmoil in China mid 19th Century.
As I have logged previously, the Chinese were basically used as slave labor in the mines and on the railroad throughout North America after they coming looking for gold and found little was to be discovered. Mr. Dunsmore, was one of the businessmen the unions could not break. When the European miners tried to strike for better wages and conditions, he imported Chinese laborers. Now you can understand how he could afford to build a castle!
For a time, the biggest industry in Victoria Chinatown was the import and export of opium. It is worthwhile to remember that opium was only used medicinally in China until the English realized it was a way they could control the China trade and began importing it from India into China. Hence the Opium Wars. Chinese opium was imported to North America where it was used in more patent medicines to soothe hysterical middle/upper class American women than it was in the Chinese opium dens where the slave labor reclined.
(Well, my definition is a bit naive and limited.)
But that does not dispute that the current Fan Tan alley with all it's shops was once filled with vice, opium dens, and warehouses.
Narrowest Alley in Victoria

Narrowest Alley in Victoria


Playing FanTan

Playing FanTan


Many impoverished Chinese came to North American with the dream of returning home in silk clothing. Lee Mong Kow was one of these immigrants who came with this dream. Over the years he sent money home, brought family to Victoria,
Illustrious Lee Family

Illustrious Lee Family


and helped to develop the vibrant Victoria Chinatown -
Chinese School 1905

Chinese School 1905


including this school in 1905 that still functions as a Chinese school. At the time, Chinese youth were not allowed to attend Victoria public schools. Now it serves as a community school for youth and adults teaching language, culture, and arts.
One hundred years later in 2005, Victoria realized that with all the tourists and cruise ships they could make some money in Chinatown. A massive renovation and preservation project was undertaken.
Dedication 100 Years Later

Dedication 100 Years Later


Who Is Visiting Chinatown

Who Is Visiting Chinatown


One Spot of Relevant Public Art

One Spot of Relevant Public Art


Although much of the area is historical and many businesses are "true Chinatown," there is controversial gentrification in businesses,restaurants, and condominiums.
Little Libraries All Over Canada and USA

Little Libraries All Over Canada and USA


Repurposed Historic Buildings

Repurposed Historic Buildings


I enjoyed my walking tour through Chinatown. The tour company co-owner knows a young boy whose mother owns a shop and he goes along on many of the tours when he is not studying or working with his mother. As I was the only one the tour this day, I felt as if I were walking with a couple of good friends and forgot to leave them tips. I had to take the bus back to Victoria the next week and hang around on the benches waiting for them to appear so I could give a tip and thank them!

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Europeans Settle Victoria

Veni, Vidi, Vici


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I don't know how to conjugate in Latin, so I can't correctly write THEY Came, Saw, Conquered. But come and conquer they did reducing the First Nations' population on the island before 1800 through smallpox, fighting, alcohol.
British settling of Victoria happened in the 1840s.
Replica of 1840s Wharf

Replica of 1840s Wharf


In the 1860s the gold rush came up from California. Victoria with the Hudson Bay Company was the only supply post and trade to the gold seekers took over as the beaver pelt industry began to wane.
Another smallpox epidemic in 1862 wiped out more than half the native and and European population in British Columbia. (Press Ctrl and click on these links if you are interested in the history.)
In 1871, when the island merged with the mainland of British Columbia and became part of the nation of Canada, Victoria was designated the capitol.

Good ol' North America provided a vast land for scruffy Scots, French, and English to become wealthy and show it off. Between 1887 and 1890, two of these immigrants, Robert and Dunsmore Joan Dunsmore, built Craigdarroch Castle. Poor Robert died in 1889 before the castle was completed. (It seems like at least half of the lavish homes I have visited in North America one or both of the new residents died before completion!)
Craigdarroch Castle 1

Craigdarroch Castle 1


Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle


Another View of the Castle

Another View of the Castle


The house was so large, I could not get a complete picture of it.
View of Victoria

View of Victoria


By 1896, the railroad was completed and Vancouver on the mainland soon grew to be the larger of the cities, but Victoria remains the provincial capitol. The population today in Victoria is about 70,000 and the city of Vancouver has over 600,000.
The Canadian Pacific Railroad hinted they would build a bridge so the railroad would connect the island. The Empress Hotel was built as the tourist destination point. It is assumed now, the bridge was never really part of the plan and the railroad continued to run the ferry system.
Historic Empress Hotel

Historic Empress Hotel


By 1898, the Parliament Building was constructed.
Parliament Building

Parliament Building


By this time, many upper middle class were able to build some Victorian homes that still stand today.
Example of TOC Upper Middleclass Home

Example of TOC Upper Middleclass Home


There are homes and neighborhoods that maintain some features of English charm, particularly in the Cook Street neighborhood.
Rooftop on Cook Street

Rooftop on Cook Street


While learning about the history of Victoria - actually almost all of British Columbia and Canada, you will soon hear the name Emily Carr.
Who Is Emily Carr?

Who Is Emily Carr?


She Had Me to Tea

She Had Me to Tea


Every Friday at 2 PM, you can meet on the corner of the Empress Hotel adjacent to the Parliament Building and meet with a charming woman who will take you on a walking tour of the neighborhood where Miss Carr lived. The tour ends at her childhood and early adult home which is now a museum. She leads a delightful tour and I highly recommend it.
I almost forget to identify that Emily Carr was an artist and author. I have not been able to locate any of her prints,to purchase however.
For many years, Victoria and Vancouver Island had military installations and a military college.I thin that has all moved east. This statue is all that I saw of any military presence.
Homecoming

Homecoming


At this point, I dropped my camera with the lens open. Although I have replaced my camera, this interrupted any recording of historic locations!

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Aboriginal Cultural Festival

Celebrating BC First Nations


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Paddlers of One Canoe

Paddlers of One Canoe


When I rode the bus into Victoria from Sooke, I had no idea it was Aboriginal Cultural Day in British Columbia, Maybe all of Canada.
Here in Victoria, several canoes of First Nations from Vancouver Island paddled into the harbour and then had a drum and faux paddling procession across the street to the Royal British Columbia Museum where the festivities were held.
Procession from Harbour

Procession from Harbour


Procession Continues

Procession Continues

Welcoming Song

Welcoming Song


I am most familiar with the Plains Natives. It was very interesting to see the differences in the dances and drumming.
Kwakwaka’wakw Nation Legend Dance

Kwakwaka’wakw Nation Legend Dance


Forest Monster

Forest Monster


I was interested in seeing the Le-La-La Dancers. My grandson Alan named me LaLa and that is what I have Bazil call me. I was really delighted to learn their name means Traveling from Here to There. How appropriate that I share that name!
Le-La-La Dancers Traveling from Here to There

Le-La-La Dancers Traveling from Here to There


The father of the little boy in the following photo was in another dance group. I was so enamored by this tot in a traditional costume just his like his father's that I failed to take any pictures of the dancers. I think his mother was the troop's official photographer. I was not able to catch up with her to chat after the performance.
Learning Tradition Young

Learning Tradition Young


Learning Technology Young

Learning Technology Young


The week after the festival, I returned to the Royal British Columbia Museum.
Totem Park at the Museum

Totem Park at the Museum


This is a spectacular museum! The layout is so unusual you feel that you are traveling miles through paths. levels, and corners. Everything is tasteful and authentic. They have a curated it with an excellent combination of interaction, artistic display, and written information
Royal British Columbia Museum

Royal British Columbia Museum


Totems

Totems


Totems 2

Totems 2


Weaving

Weaving


Pattern Template Used for the Weaving

Pattern Template Used for the Weaving


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Dance Headdresses

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The local First Nation is T'Sou-ke. Hence, the English word Sooke for the town, harbour, etc.
I find it quite interesting that there is a Pueblo tribe in New Mexico spelled Tesuque. When I research on line, I can't seem to find any reference that links the two clans regardless of the similar pronunciation. Of course, the spelling is entirely based on European languages. Tesuque and similar languages seems to be just a pocket in the area of New Mexico. Of course there is speculation that both tribes have Mongolian roots.
There was a wonderful (and somewhat overwhelming) exhibit of First Nations' languages at the museum. There are 34 distinct Native languages in British Columbia - perhaps more than in any other similar sized area in the world. Maybe, I will try to locate the local T'Sou-ke administration offices to see if anyone there has more information on any relationship.

Further research helped me discover that Tesuque is a Hispanicization of the Tewa word tecuge.

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