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So we got on the road about 11 am from Victoria, wanting to beat the Friday afternoon migration of the people who work downtown Victoria which seems worse come Friday as it mixes with the travellers that try to leave the big city for destinations up island which, in addition, mixes with the construction that seems to be everywhere these days. Fridays can be very busy and slow-moving till past Goldstream-- many of you will be able to totally relate. The final pack seemed to go on and on, always a fear that I would forget something essential - after all, not much is actually essential and cannot be replaced - but then again I really dislike this whole disposable society and replacing something I forgot doesn't sit too well with me either. So far I've seen no evidence of forgetting anything essential but then again this road trip is young. We had opted to try another RV park in Parksville to be a bit closer to the Community Centre -- Park Sands, stretching from Highway 19A down to the boardwalk along the beach in Parksville, nestled between the now boarded up Parksville Beach Resort and the Community Park, it is a perfect location. Denis had reserved and been given a site number and told to just find his site when he arrived. A tour of the complete park and then we were there at #48. Backing in routine saw me directing him -- hand up to stop him as he approached the power, a quick check of the level confirmed the feeling we had -- Harvey was pretty much perfectly flat, no levellers needed. What a great first set up of the season. Those of you who have done this yourself or followed a previous blog will appreciate what a good feeling this is, as it is not often the case.

The outside is calling me this morning, after an early rise. Should I be down on the beach, will I be fortunate enough to find one of the Tidal Treasures if I just get dressed and go? Oh, the temptation..... but then the coffee is tasting mighty good and the opportunity to start writing about this new adventure before the world is fully awake calls just as loudly.

We settled in quickly to the rhythm that is life in Harvey and, though the space was not perfectly arranged (probably because I brought more than needed), it was still comfortable and oh, so relaxing. We had stopped at the Tourist Information Centre as we entered Parksville and picked up some local literature and some about real estate and the Sunshine Coast. We sat and relaxed a bit then opted to walk to find the Community Centre in hopes of finding tickets to Saturday night's Tribute Artist show. The walk was not long for us to come upon the Centre but, unfortunately, at this late date, it appeared no tickets were available for tonight's show but we left our number. You see, there certainly are tickets available as they still have weekend passes available, but at that point in time they had none just for the one night. Perhaps we will get a call today informing us there are indeed tickets but if not, that is quite alright-- we'll make it another year. Back to the site after that walk and we relaxed again and awaited the arrival of our daughter and son-in-law, also staying up here in Parksville for a couple of nights, just next door in a hotel. They came and we shared a casual dinner of salad and cold cuts and visited then to end the evening a search of the beach for the elusive Tidal Treasures. Music played along the boardwalk, provided by a young man with a lot of soul, and people sat and listened and walked the beach and a couple were also in the water. No doubt the water here warms similar to Rathtrevor as the tide comes in and covers the warmed sand and the tide had been way out when we set up. A lovely walk and end to our evening together. Denis and I returned to our site and relaxed some, cleaned up some, and then started our travelling routine of three games of crib. Shhhhhhh, but I actually came out ahead -- two games to his one. Okay, with that, I think the call of the seal or sea lion that I hear is too strong and I must dress and get out there.

Beautiful rhodo

Beautiful rhodo

Harvey all set up

Harvey all set up

Posted by BevH 07:02 Archived in Canada Tagged island vancouver rv motorhome parksville

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