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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.

Sunday, September 08, 2013

I is for ISLANDS

Off the west coast of British Columbia and the east coast of Vancouver Island are what are known as the "Gulf Islands."  Many people have summer homes on these islands and others spend many an incomparable summer vacation on them.  Some of the more popular islands are Quadra, Cortez, Bowen, Gambier, Keats, Hornby, Denman, Galiano, Mayne, Saltspring, Saturna, and Texada.  Many of the southern islands are home to artists and are known for their wineries, fromageries, and farms.  They're also known for their incredible beauty.
One of my favourite spots to see these islands from a distance is at Lighthouse Park in Point Roberts, Washington.  It's only about a 10-15 minutes drive from my home south of Vancouver, British Columbia. If you look at the above map, find "Tsawwassen" and below that is a dotted line. That's the border to the USA, and the park is just south the there. It's never crowded, but it is clean with full facilities, a rocky beach, and inspiring views of both the Gulf Islands and the mountains north of the city of Vancouver.  It's fun to take the dog swimming here because the water is impeccably clean and calm; it's restful to sit on a log and watch the boats - ferries taking people to the islands, speed boats, fishing boats, and sailboats.  You can take a stroll along the gravel trail or a drive around the point for varying perspectives of the view.

I have put together just a few photos I've taken over the past few years of some of the views from this idyllic location.  But before you take a look, don't forget to give thanks to the indomitable Denise Nesbitt, the creator of ABC Wednesday, to Roger, our illustrious administrator, and to each member of the team who visits everyone that contributes in order to give illuminating comments.
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22 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

Hmm. I knew Vancouver Island, and it stands to reason there'd be others, but I never particularly noticed before.

ROG, ABC Wednesday

Liz said...

We had such a wonderful time on Vancouver Island.

Roy Schulze said...

It never occurred to me that people who already live in one of the nicest part of the country, would need an even nicer place to get away to in the summer!

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

Beautiful, inspiring, and some day I hope to visit!

Carver said...

Fantastic views of these beautiful islands.

photowannabe said...

What gorgeous country.
I really need to visit those islands. Think I would wear my camera out shooting one Incredible scene after another.

Reader Wil said...

How incredibly beautiful, Leslie!
Have a blessed week!
Wil, ABCW Team

Photo Cache said...

you live in a beautiful corner of the world.

Ewok's ABC WEDNESDAY

Hildred said...

Magnificent photos Leslie, and great use of the I words. Take care...

Norma Ruttan said...

This is my all-time favorite of your Smile boxes, great list of words, photos and music!

Richard Lawry said...

My favorite island is Ambergris Caye in Belize. It is known as La Isla Bonita. There is a Madonna song about it. An Arkie's Musings

Joy said...

Summer and islands is a perfect combination. How nice to hop on a ferry and visit them.

Leovi said...

Think of be being very nice to visit those places, wonderful photos!

Hazel Ceej said...

I appreciate learning something new (to me) today: fromagerie. Now that's a place I'd love to go to.

Indrani said...

You do these posts INTELLIGENTLY!

magiceye said...

Beautiful as always!

New York Erratic said...

Those pictures are beautiful! And what a gracious comment at the end of your blog!

Ercotravels said...

An island is a nice place to unwind
Regards
Our post for ABC Wednesday
An Insight Inside Dudhwa National Park

Ann said...

The views of the island are breathtaking.
Ann

ChrisJ said...

My son just got back from Vancouver a nd Vancouver Island. They had a wonderful and brought back some great photos too.

Rajesh said...

Great post on islands.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

This is truly a splendid collection of photographs. Thank you for sharing them and helping me start my day so peacefully. Blessings!