|Oh, Canada. Thanks for taking us back.|
I certainly don’t pretend to be qualified to be the judge of something like that. I’m not even sure how you could objectively measure that kind of thing. Oh, sure, I suppose you could look at things like education, health care, life span, income, poverty levels, etc., but really, what would any of that prove?
But I digress…
My point is, whatever nation is the best on earth, as we sailed aboard the Black Ball Ferry into Victoria Harbour, it was immediately clear to us that this was by far the cleanest and most beautiful city harbour we have seen anywhere. Driving north on Vancouver Island towards my parents place, we couldn’t help noticing how incredibly green everything was. How calm and pleasant the traffic was. How clean the city streets were. All the things that we used to take for granted stood out in stark contrast to everything we have been exposed to in the last year. Greatest country on earth? Like I say, who knows? I haven’t been to every country on earth. But I can say without a doubt, I am sure glad I live in this one.
|Log booms. A sure sign we are back in B.C. ...|
|...and another one. Not only have we not seen any logging trucks since we left Canada, in most places we haven't really seen trees. Hopefully they'll remember to leave some in our forests for us to enjoy.|
|Hanging with some of the local Canadians at the IMAX.|
We have also been trying to keep ourselves fit in anticipation of some hiking we plan to do when we get back to the mountains. We took a morning and climbed up Mount Tzouhalem just outside of Duncan, which is right behind our old house. We also hiked out to the Kinsol Trestle, which at one time was the biggest train trestle in the world.
|The Kinsol Trestle Bridge.|
|Enjoying the temperatures in the low 20s. Now we can really do some hiking.|
|The U.S. doesn't have the market cornered on gun culture. Although maybe this sign was mocking that culture. Not exactly sure. Pretty funny, though.|
|Working through the rapids in Dodd Narrows.|
|Taking a lunch break next to the ocean.|
|And more dinosaurs. What a great way to make our walk fun for the kids.|