My West Coast Adventures Continued

Botanical Beach20140708_112843

Botanical Beach Provincial Park is an hours drive north from Point No Point, near Port Renfrew. The road is so  windy I kept losing my stomach on the curves…but well worth the journey.

Known for its rich tide pools and rugged geographical features it’s a20140708_112345 must-see for naturalists. In 1900 the University of Minnesota built a marine station there, and for seven years researchers came from all over the world to study the area. The station no longer exists, but university students still come to its shores. For great pictures of the area check out the website above.


The Lazy Gecko


20140709_135614We went looking for a place to watch the world cup soccer semi-final match between the Netherlands and Argentina, and happened upon a friendly family owned Mexican restaurant in Sooke called The Lazy Gecko. Delicious food, great ocean view location and fantastic people. The owner loved soccer, so we were welcomed in and it felt more like we were in their living room than in their restaurant.

To top it all off, the owner’s wife had great “no point” puns. You got to love people who pun.

Back at the Cabin



We ended the day with happy hour back at the cabin. While we crunched on chips Orcas played in the waves in front of us.

What a great holiday!.





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10 thoughts on “My West Coast Adventures Continued”

    1. Hi Pat
      I loved it. Everything about it was great, but what set it above other places was (were?) the people. It felt like we were adopted into their extended family.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I always like chatting with you.
      who hopes you stay out of trouble.


  1. Oh, my stars and garters! What awesome pics, Jo-Ann. Beautiful location. You must’ve hated to return. I could spend hours on your perch at the cabin just absorbing.
    How fun the couple at the restaurant made you feel so special. Surprised it was a Mexican restaurant. I’m guessing perhaps not Tex-Mex. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing about your trip. How long did it take you to get there?


    1. Hi Marsha
      I love the ruggedness of the west coast. It takes my breath away. We took our time going there, stopping at beaches and parks along the way so it took us a day. If we had wanted to drive straight there it would take about two or two and a half hours.
      The food was straight Mexican. I can’t wait to try real Tex-mex.
      Looking forward to sharing your new book on Wednesday. Take care.
      And thanks for dropping by.


    1. Hi Jodie
      You nailed it. Sometimes the best trips turn out to be in your own backyard, and what a wonderful backyard we have here on our island. Thanks for dropping by and chatting.


  2. I love Botanical Beach. We used to drive there on the logging roads from Honeymoon Bay 25 years ago when BB was at the end of a horrendous, often washed out dirt track. No parking lot, no washrooms, but the same interesting “beach” full of tide pools.
    Must get out and explore the Island again when this conference season is over.


    1. Hi Judy
      It sounds like it was a rugged trek from Honeymoon Bay. It is a beautiful spot.
      Have fun at your conference. I look forward to hearing all about it. Thanks for stopping by.
      Best Wishes


    1. Hi Emma
      It was great fun, even though our team lost. There seems to be a growing excitement about soccer here.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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