Wednesday, our day off, we decided to go explore Port Alice. Port Alice is located about 73 K (about 45 miles) from Telegraph Cove. Port Alice sits on the Neroutsos Inlet. On our way up the road to Port Alice we stopped at every scenic spot.
Back in the 60’s Port Alice was a growing community with a pulp mill. They hail themselves as “Gateway to the Wild West Coast.” This will probably be as far west as we will get this trip. This inlet goes out to the Pacific Ocean. Today, it is a small village with about 1000 people.
After driving to the place where the pulp mill was, we turned around and came back to find a beach to have lunch.
It was quiet and we watched boats heading toward the end of the inlet.
After lunch we decided to take the Alice Loop (dirt logging road) back to Hwy. 30. We later learned that the log trucks were off for 2 weeks and boy, were we glad. It would have been miserable if we had to contend with them or them us!
We found Alice Lake.
There were few road signs to lead us back to Hwy 30. There was no “Hwy 30” this way! So, with our trusty map we thought we were on the right road.
We came to:
This is Katherine’s lake. This was, also, where we discovered we were lost. We should not be this far east. Hwy 30 was not in this direction. We started to turn around and Dale saw in the rear view mirror that a black bear was behind us. I tried to get a quick photo but he was too far away. When he saw us he turned and ran away. Our first bear sighting!!!
On the way back to finding which road we were to be on, one of God’s human angels came by. He was a local and had a crew building bridges for the log trucks. We had a nice chat with him and he explained how to get back to the highway. We saw our mistake – turning right when we should have turned left.
Around a curve and we saw this. He had just pooped in the road and went off in the bushes. When he saw us he ran across the road and silly me did not have my long lens on. So we have finally seen 2 black bears.
Back on the highway and off to Port McNeil for groceries and back home by 5.
Getting lost is always fun and you see stuff you wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Ferns every where and Fire weed was in abundance.
Life is good. God does have angels watching over us – spiritual or human!
Telegraph Cove, located north of Campbell River B.C. on Vancouver Island, is a small cove that hosts a marina, condo’s, restaurants, whale watching tours, bear tours, a general store, several coffee shops, kayak tours and just a nice place to sit and relax. TC sits on Johnstone Strait.
TC got its name when a superintendent of Telegraphs was hunting for a place for a line from Campbell River in 1912 and came upon this fishing village. In the 1920’s, Alfred Wastell built a lumber mill and a salmon saltery in the cove. During WWII, TC became a relay station for the Air Force. Many of the buildings seen today were built during that time. For decades, Telegraph Cove remained a sleepy hamlet of board walks and wooden buildings built on pilings on the coast. Boat was the only means of transportation. Automobile access arrived only in 1956 and with it, the potential for tourism. By the 1970’s, the lumber mill and salmon saltery were ending their historic runs. Now it was time for vacationers, sport fishermen and whale watchers. Stubbs Island Whale Watching, the very first outfit of its kind in BC, launched in 1980.
Let’s go on a photo tour of Telegraph Cove. You can click any photo to make it bigger!
This tree is just inside the entrance to the boardwalk.
The Board Walk
Across the mouth to the marina and from these photo’s is the boardwalk on the other side of the marina. Dale and I hike over the mountain and down to this boardwalk. Beautiful views of Johnstone Strait here.
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour. We have come to love this beautiful gem nestled amongst all the islands dotting the northern part of Vancouver Island.
Life is amazing and so good. God’s creation astounds us with its creativity and beauty.
One thing we have enjoyed is watching the big cruise ships traveling to Alaska from Vancouver or Seattle. Now, the thing is, we are watching these ships path to Alaska on the Internet at marinetraffic.com. We are a bit miffed because their journey pathway takes them behind Hanson Island that we can see the east side of and the ships go on the west side.
Well, this evening we saw that Disney Wonder was coming back from Alaska and going between Malcolm Island and us on Vancouver Island. So, off we ran up the hill to watch it come in. Here’s some photos.
The ship is far out (black dot) from us going about 7 knots. It took about an hour before it reached us in Telegraph Cove.
Finally, it came along side where we were standing. Dale had alerted the campground of a ship coming by us so we had a group of people out watching. It is so awesome to see people from Germany, Ireland, B.C and the USA all in a common event.
I got the notion to run down to our beach to catch a sight of the boat against the snowy mountains on the mainland of B.C.
Here it is going by our little beach cove.
If you look real close, the tip of the ship lines up with the tip of a snow capped mountain peaking above the clouds.
To end our evening, we invited Anna, from Munich, Germany, over for a cup of tea and to get warm. Anna is tenting with another person as they travel through Canada. She is fulfilling a dream of hers of visiting Canada.
Life is Great! God’s great love for us is Jesus Christ, His son!
Being good planners that we are (**cough**cough**), Dale made reservations for the ferry crossing to Vancouver Island out of Tsawwassen. They were offering a discount if we took a later ferry, so we signed up.
When we arrived in Tsawwassen, we found a huge mall there and parked to wait for the 5:45 ferry time. We ate lunch in their food court and walked through the mall. I’m sure we got in our 10,000 steps.
When we arrived at the ferry terminal, we paid our $197 Canadian and got in lane 24 as instructed. As we waited, the other lanes filled up. Thankfully, we were put on the ferry quickly.
If you have ever been on a ferry you know they put almost every kind of vehicle on that boat. When I see all these 18 wheelers I gulp. Will this boat hold up all this weight! It did! 🙂
I showed you the roof of this side of the ferry because when we got off the ferry and to Costco in Nanaimo, there were white dots all over the car and down the back of the motor home. Yep, bird poop! They must hitched a ride.
To see more photo’s of this leg of our journey, click here.
This will take you to Dale’s website. Click each photo to see a different photo.
Even after our being stopped at the border, we enjoyed Tsawwassen and the ferry ride. Highway 19 was a virtual freeway and we arrived at our destination by 8 p.m.
Life is good. God is a light in the darkness.
After about a week and a half, we finally arrived at our destination – Telegraph Cove!
An old mill town now hosts condos, marina, boardwalk with a general store, 2 coffee shops, the Seahorse Cafe and the Pub Restaurant along with the bear tours and the whale tours. Lots of outdoor seating too. This is all on a boardwalk!
Our rig is park so that we have a view of the Johnstone Strait. Yesterday we saw a huge cruise ship passing by on its way to Vancouver, BC. Probably coming from Alaska.
We do like our spot. We can see the whole campground from here.
We can hike to the beach or down to the point where the mouth of the marina is.
Vistas are incredible. Off in the distance on islands are huge snow-capped mountains. Smaller islands dot the sound.
This place on earth is incredibly beautiful and we are so thankful to be here. There are hikes we can do. Kayaks we can take out on the water and maybe see whales and other sea animals!
We are digging the cooler weather! It gets in the high 60’s when the sun comes out. Last 2 days have had cloud cover all day.
Dale has made his camp host job taking care of the RV park. He’s great dealing with people. I knew this was probably coming, but I get the one bathroom and 4 shower stalls to clean. Small price to pay for our space and full hook-ups and being able to stay here for 3 months.
Life is exciting and very good. Thanking God for this beautiful place and the opportunity to be here.
While in Longview we took the opportunity to go up to the mountain that erupted back in 1980. We first went to Castle Rock, Washington and headed eat 52 miles to the Johnston Ridge.
There are many hikes up and around the mountain, but today we settled on the information center. We were admitted free with our pass but it costs $8 to park and tour around the facility and the ridge. We watched a film about the eruption. I learned that an earthquake set off a slide and the mountain erupted soon after. Debris took out all the timber that was there and down into the Toutle Valley 14 miles.
I also learned that this mountain has erupted many, many times over its years. This wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last.
As you can see, we had a beautiful day. The wind was blowing like crazy. The orange and blue wildflowers were out. The area is just beautiful.
Life is good. God’s paint brush leaves us with breathtaking beauty.
No, we aren’t doing the YMCA with the Village People. 🙂 We did, however, go to a Family Motor Coach Association rally June 19-25 in Longview, Washington. We were in a sea of motor coaches of all sizes. About 400 rigs attended this 3 day rally and we found people are pretty loyal FMCAers.
This was our first rally with these folks. We arrived early because Dale volunteered to help in any job. This rally is run by all volunteers and it takes a bunch to put together such a comprehensive program. There were vendors selling all kinds of RV stuff! After examining our used Blue Ox hitch, we bought a new one.
There were 2 meals and a hot dog bash. Coffee and assorted pastries were for breakfast.
Wednesday was the hotdog bash where we had Costco dogs, beans, salad and dessert and sat in the grandstands. Opinion was “this isn’t fun” but Dale and I enjoyed it all! That night was Bingo with no winners in our house until blackout. Dale won $147!!! He thought Bingo might be a fun game.
The next day was opening ceremonies and chapter row. Dale was sponsoring the Workhorse Chassis chapter. The different chapters names were put in the hat for a $50 drawing. Yep, you got it. Dale won. As Tina says, “You. Me. Vegas.”
On Friday, we toured all the big rigs that the vendors had brought to the rally. My, they were expensive, with lots of bling. We decided our little ol’ Dolphin fit us just fine.
After touring we visited all the vendors. I went to the FMCA booth and looked for our membership number for a prize. Yay, it was there and we won a $25 gift card. Needless to say, all this free money is going to Canada with us as “Mad Money.” (Nope, not going to the Blue Ox Hitch fund!!!)
Entertainment was provided on Friday and Saturday nights. Red and Bernie were a hoot. A musical duo with very hilarious funny bones.
We did have a fun time and met some very nice people. Would we do this again. Maybe, maybe not!
Life is great – on the road. God’s mercies are new every morning.