Escaping the ordinary

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful,

we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Content warning: This post is image heavy and if you do not wish to see photos that might give you a deep longing for Summers days, come back tomorrow. You’ve been warned

Copyright ©Far Away in the Sunshine 2010 – 2020

A long weekend looming at the horizon was enough of an incentive to get us going. Nothing beats waking up in the wee hours of the morning, en route to a destination unknown Vancouver Island. You see, visiting Vancouver Island North had always been a dream of mine. It had been on my bucket list for a long time. Let me tell you it did not disappoint. But I get ahead of myself.

I’ve lived here on the West Coast of Canada for a long time now. However, I do not tire of the beauty this part of the world holds. It takes my breath away.

Every. Single.Time.

Looking at those photos makes my heart swell up with nostalgia and happiness. I am lucky and grateful.

Copyright ©Far Away in the Sunshine 2010 – 2020

Once arrived on the island, we left the ferry at Nanaimo and proceeded Northbound. We drove alongside the east coast of Vancouver Island. You wouldn’t believe it by looking at the photograph below, but most of the day had been grey and rainy.  Everywhere I looked felt like heaven; I was on cloud nine.

Copyright ©Far Away in the Sunshine 2010 – 2020

Much to our surprise, once we arrived at our destination, the skies had cleared up. Look at the view that awaited us. The air was fresh, filled with salty goodness. Nothing better to clear my worries away than a long and slow walk, bare feet toes squishing in wet sand while the only sounds a few feet above my head were of the seagulls squawking at each other.

Copyright ©Far Away in the Sunshine 2010 – 2020

You can see below where we chose to spend the first night on the island. In a remote little hamlet hidden away from the main roads, that’s where we slept. Surrounded by stunning beauty, it was so easy to forget the rest of the world. Nature’s healing powers worked their magic on me. I felt the peace and tranquillity that had eluded me so many years.

Copyright ©Far Away in the Sunshine 2010 – 2020

This is where today’s story stops. Still a few days worth of photos to share which I will do next week.

Oh, and before I go I’d love to know how you spent your Summer this year. Did you also get to visit your own backyard, so to speak? Do tell, I’d love to hear all about it.

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  1. Nature does have such healing powers but too many of us rush by without even noticing. Thank you for sharing!

    #nanopoblano2020 #cheerpeppers

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  2. As close as I got to Vancouver was Seattle. I was on a business trip so didn’t get to see much. It was raining so the Space Needle didn’t offer much of a view. I’d love to visit Vancouver and maybe someday I will.

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