Family Time in Qualicum Bay

Days 18 and 19, May 13 and 14, were quiet days, re-connecting with family and friends, some of whom I hadn’t seen in decades.

It was a tight squeeze getting the motorhome into my oldest sister’s yard, but we got it done once I realized that there was a functioning side gate 🙂

RV tucked into my sister's property
Her property is lovely – this was the view from our side window. Getting a wake-up call from feral peacocks was a new experience. There are apparently many of them in the area. Five of them were sitting on her fence watching us get set up – they left when we let Bella and Tucker out, but we could hear them calling at all hours of the day and night.

For our second evening there, Val had organized a big family dinner. About 15 people from 4 generations of her family showed up for the feast that she’d worked very hard to create. It was a wonderful get-together!

Seven of us went out for lunch the next day. Forgetting that it was Mother’s Day, we actually had a hard time finding a place with room, but the Sandbar Cafe in nearby Bowser made a spot for us.

Sandbar Cafe in Bowser, BC
The menu had some surprisingly unique items (well, unique if you don’t live on the west coast), and the food was excellent. I had the Fanny Bay Burger (grilled oysters, $13.95), and Cathy had the Nile Creek Burger (breaded fish fillet, 12.95).

Sandbar Cafe in Bowser, BC
The weather has still not been what we’d like, but we’re still getting out. A few of us took 4 of the dogs for a walk from Val’s place. The first direction toward the Qualicum River got us into a big mud-hole. While Bella loved it, the next direction was intended to clean her in particular up!

Playing on a beach at Qualicum Bay, BC
We did a tiny bit of touring – this is Qualicum Beach. The tourist brochures indicate that it’s much prettier in the sunshine 🙂

Qualicum Beach, BC

On our third night we had dinner with a long-time friend from Whitehorse, who had moved to Nanaimo 6-7 years ago, and her partner. When we bought the motorhome, this re-connecting with family and friends was a big part of the reason, and it’s working out very well.

On Monday, May 15th, after Val went to work at noon, we took the scenic route up to Campbell River for a 2-night stay. The drive can be done in a hour, but we took much longer…

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