Tofino Trip — March 2014

We’re back from a quick boot to the West Coast — a small dose of much needed green­ery and proper spring. This is also the week I decided to give up cof­fee, tem­porar­ily, until I get over a bout of stom­ach funk. It’s been 4 days since my last cup… and that’s how long I’ve been in my paja­mas, just kid­ding. I nor­mally can’t sleep at all while in tran­sit, no probs now. I can nap all plane ride long while white moun­tains float by under­neath… Seri­ously, though, no caf­feine = hard.

Tofino - Canuck CuisineTofino is a small fish­ing village/​secret celebrity haunt/​surfing cap­i­tal of Canada, way out there on the west coast of Van­cou­ver Island. Greg and I came here for the first time almost 15 years ago (15 years!), and visit the area every cou­ple of years since. Peo­ple go to Tofino for many rea­sons, and food is one — there are local busi­nesses roast­ing cof­fee, brew­ing beer, and good restau­rants to hole up in for din­ner after a rainy day. I need to take time to check these out one of these days, but we’re usu­ally too busy explor­ing the wilder­ness all around, which is what we come for.

Tofino - Canuck CuisineYou can hop on any num­ber of log­ging roads in the area and get into the real stuff — with not a soul in sight. We joked that we should start “night walks” in the rain­for­est like the ones you do in Costa Rica. LOL. I don’t think so. Here it’s not a ques­tion of what you find, it’s what will find YOU. And that will be a cougar.

Tofino - Canuck CuisineThis is Larry Lake along hwy 4, just before a really bad stretch of cliff-​hugging road along Kennedy Lake (Larry is the weird­est name to give a lake. Why not Bob? Bob Lake.) I have a few pic­tures accu­mu­lated from this pretty van­tage point, and I’m always annoyed by this small bush in the lower right that ruins my shot. Next time I’m show­ing up with a big pair of shears and trim­ming it.

Tofino - Canuck CuisineAnd finally… my bor­rowed kitchen. The vaca­tion rental was owned by a local chef, who used to run his cater­ing busi­ness out of this house. THAT STOVE… did not kid around. This thing could make a roast chicken and pro­pel a jet at the same time. I’d love to have one like that at home, but I know I’d leave a knob on and ker­plode the house. Leave it on for a moment and it has so much power the gas fills the kitchen…The knobs were so hard to turn and adjust, like they were made for some big manly chef hands. Also, I heart the glass fridge door — but only in that set­ting. The “mess” inside would drive me nuts in my house, lol. It was very fun to have all of this for the week…

Tofino - Canuck CuisineIron­i­cally though, I didn’t do any iron chef-​ing… Only very hum­ble and quick homey meals (no caf­feine, remem­ber?) Besides… who needs to over­com­pli­cate things when you have this out­side… I told Greg that the “yard” is like a relax­ation video.

Tofino - Canuck CuisineAll of that, cool humid air that smelled of cedar trees, and the sound of rain falling and ocean waves…It was a short stroll to the beach, and we walked it twice a day, rain or shine. Our dog loved it… I’d have this beach by my house any day. Unless an aster­oid falls in the ocean, of course.

Well, time to wrap up the post and get back to real life. It’s so hard to restart the rou­tine even after a short period away. New posts soon, ttyl.

Comments

  1. 1. No way in hell I give up my caf­feine. No way! Wine goes before caf­feine. You are so brave! But I got 2 kids!
    2. That glass door fridge — now way in my house. Again, 2 kids!
    3. I have no idea what you are talk­ing about the food in Tofino. I got 2 kids and them in a restaurant…Yep. It was nice to see Tofino through the eyes of “nor­mal” peo­ple. Awe­some trip!

    • LOL, I’m not brave, I just can’t irri­tate my stom­ach. I cut back on wine a while ago because it was mak­ing me fat, and hon­estly, that was about 4000% eas­ier than giv­ing up cof­fee!!! I feel the lack of cof­fee every moment of the day. Oh, appar­ently there are many great places to fine dine in Tofino (esp. the lodges), but I’m WAYY too cheap and I don’t care :P

      • If I had to pick cof­fee or wine, I wouldn’t even think for a sec­ond! No cof­fee for me and my kids won’t live long. And I cut back on wine a lot for same rea­sons. And I’m too cheap for restau­rants too, like fine din­ing. I like my food! We could be friends but only when you are back on cof­fee LOL!

      • Ya, I just need another week…except no expres­sos on an empty stom­ach. I’m ter­ri­ble. My doc­tor face-​palmed.
        Wine is noth­ing com­pared to no coffee!!

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