Island bound: my foggy plane ride to Nanaimo

January 25

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We almost weren’t able to land in Nanaimo yesterday and being in a small plane over seeing a sea of thick fog got my heart beating pretty fast. My fear of flying isn’t as intense as it used to be but I’m still not OK with the idea of being in a small plane, circling over thick fog (mind you, the view from up there was absolutely breath-taking!) and being told that we may possibly have to return to Vancouver. My co-worker was with me on the journey YYC-YVR and then YVR-YCD which made the journey pleasant and the chit-chat over life and boys enjoyable (over eggs bennie, I should add!).

She was sitting 4 rows back on the 20-minute plane ride to the island so I couldn’t see her expression when our first descent attempt failed and we sore back up above the thick ice cream sunday-like white fog. I know I was laughing quite a lot, something I awkwardly do when I’m actually pissing my pants. I kept on thinking, what a nightmare it must be for people who commute every day to Vancouver from Nanaimo or vice versa! There’s probably always a 50/50 chance of the plane NOT landing because of low ceiling of fog or rain or a combination of the two! Then you’d have to catch the ferry, and the ferry ride, though I’m sure beautiful, is a 2 to 3 hour trip if I remember clearly…I could feel the tension in the plane, people looking out the window for any sign of land.

On our second attempt, the runway became visible at the last minute, and here we were, on the Nanaimo airport runway. People clapped, we were alive and well….

I still had 3 hours to go as I decided to rent a car and make my way to Tofino….

First thing I noticed when we got off the plane was how piney fresh the air smelled and how quiet the surroundings were. The sound of silence has got to be one of my favourite things….It felt like vacation time had properly begun.

I had never rented a car before this trip and it took me a good half hour to get going (sad but true). I have never driven a car other than my Yaris and the Honda Civic I did my driver’s ed on. The Ford I was given was small enough for me to drive (thankfully) but super high-tech in comparison to Yaris; volume button at the wheel, automatic lock/unlock button, a button that rose my seat up and down…whoa! All this automatic crap was new to me but I got the hang of it surprisingly quickly.

The drive…wow, the drive. Super beautiful and super windy, I loved it. Kind of reminded me of driving in France.

Couple spots on the way I want to check out on my way back:
1. Cathedral Grove (I’ve done it twice before as a teen but feel like I need to do it again)
2. Qualicum Beach falls

The cabin I rented has to be the closest thing to a dream come true. Wooden-slanted ceilings, cozy reading area, little heater, tiny kitchen with all the essentials in it, comfy bed, ceiling windows…this cabin has it all.

The yoga studio is a 7 minute walk away. It’s housed in a treehouse-like building, another dream come true! Seriously though, it’s the cutest and the classes are super small and it’s right next to the taco joint respectively called Tacofino and this cute little grocery store called Beaches where I’ve developed an obsession with their Monster cookies (SO GOOD).

The beaches…all within proximity, the sunset, the beach walks, the surfer spotting, the super inspiring houses that surround the beach. Life surely could not get any better than life on the beach here in Tofino.

I’m so grateful that I live in a country as beautifully diverse as Canada. Vancouver Island wins for its rainforest-like feel (feels like Hawaii), the laid-back ‘tude, the beautiful beaches, the surfing, the seaside hikes… I don’t even feel like I’m in Canada! What a contrast from Alberta!

Until later…

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