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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sunshine Coast Adventure - Part 3

Thanks to David at authorblog for considering this worthy of POTD.
Be sure to click on the photos to enlarge and see more detail.

As I mentioned in Part 2, Monday morning dawned sunny and warm, so after breakfast at "Pebbles" and a short photo op along the beach there in Sechelt, we headed up to the tip of the lower Sunshine Coast. Just before Earl's Cove, where you catch the ferry to the Upper Sunshine Coast where Powell River is located, we turned east and headed towards the Skookumchuck Narrows. This body of water forms the entrance to the Sechelt Inlet. This area is famous because each day billions of gallons of water travel through the narrows, causing tidal currents at Sechelt Rapids to range rom 1 to 17 knots as they enter and leave the deep Inlet. Because the tidal patterns keep the water moving at virtually all times in the narrows area, this attracts a plethora of interesting sea life. Kayaakers also surf these rapids but it's very dangerous.
We saw the sign indicating the hiking path towards the rapids, but we continued a bit further on to the settlement of Bathgate. Entering the village general store, we inquired as to the length of the hike and when we heard it was an hour each way, we decided to bypass the hike. (My back isn't good enough for that type of trek yet.)
However, we wandered around the area a bit taking lots of photos of the boats and water. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we didn't even need a jacket.






This is part of the marina. See how still the water is.




Looking a bit to the right of the above photo, I spied the orange reflection of that one bush. Upon uploading the photo, I noticed more reflections - the boats, the hut, and the bridge along with other trees and bushes.






Looking off in the other direction from the wharf where we were standing, we could see the hills across the inlet and more boats moored on a floating wharf in the middle of the water.









This is my favourite shot from Skookumchuck Narrows. I love how the boats look so peaceful on this warm, sunny day with their masts reflecting on the calm waters.


Next stop is Madeira Park - stay tuned.

14 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Those are really pretty photos with the reflections.

peppylady said...

I heard and read about the Powell River area and been quite impress with what I've seen. Via other blogs.

Coffee is on.

CherryPie said...

looks like a great adventure :-)

Jo said...

Leslie, those photos are soooo gorgeous! We should take a day trip up there sometime in the spring or summer, after your have recovered from your surgery.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Wow Leslie, what a great day out, photos are brilliant :-)

sally in norfolk said...

sounds like a fun day out and such great photos too :-)

david mcmahon said...

Beautiful shots, Leslie.

Laurie McConnell said...

Great site, lots of lovely pictures. Can I post a note about it on my regional tourism site for the Coast, http://www.bigpacific.com?

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

looks so clean and crisp. well done on POTD. over from Davids.

Sandi McBride said...

Now there's a vacation spot anyone would be happy to go to!
Congrats on Post of the Day mention
from David
Sandi

Moannie said...

What a lovely place. Love the pale watercolour tones of the fourth picture.

Congrats. on POTD from David

Leslie: said...

laurie I'd be honoured if you'd link to my posts about the Sunshine Coast. Thanks for the mention.

Leslie: said...

David Thanks for the mention in your POTD. Coming from you, it's a great honour. :D

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