Cameron Lake Lookout

Recently I have been wanting to get out and explore more of our beautiful island. For those of you who do not know me, I am not generally an athletic person. I am not on any sports teams, I do not exercise regularly and I am no fan of running. I want to be though, I want to be that person who is super healthy and goes on hikes and adventures. In an effort to progress in that way, I asked my wonderful friend Britt to take me on a hike. May I also add that I envy Britt when it comes to leading a healthy and athletic life and that she is such a beautiful person and amazing friend. That being said I also dislike her when it comes to doing activities, she has built herself into a workout machine. She pushes beyond my limits, from Zumba to climbing a mountain. In my opinion everyone needs a Britt is their life.

At first I thought I might bring my kids along but decided against it because every momma needs their alone time. I traded my mother In-law babies for her puppy! Thank goodness I did, because even the start of the trail proved to not be baby friendly. Never the less I was super excited to accomplish even the smallest feat of climbing to this lookout. I am always surprised at how much better someone can feel after they have accomplished even the tiniest thing.

The hike was only about 30 minutes long, but it was all hill. I tried my hardest not to complain every time we rounded a corner or came to a split pass only to find more hill. Nobody likes going on adventures with a whinny wiener. I took my time, tried to pace myself per Britt’s instructions. At points during the hike that Britt had to run up hills ahead of me to get her workout in, now you can see why part of me envy’s her. Being able to galloping like a dear up a mountain and even carry the puppy up hills that were too steep.

Although I hate hills I had a fun time and by the 15 minute mark I stopped caring about the hills and only thought about how nice the view would be. The view hiking up was incredible, I always forget how dense and green our forests are. There were outstanding views of the mountains and logging roads in the surrounding areas. When we finally made it to the top, It was breathtaking. I had never seen Cameron Lake in all it’s entirety, stunning, to be able to see something you have seen a hundred times before from a completely new view. There were benches at the top as well, although my mind was boggled about how someone hiked them up there, I was relieved they did.

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After posing for photos we decided to trek back down. Easier said then done, Britt had to carry the puppy most of the way down because it was so steep. Some minor slips and falls, left Britt with a nasty arm scratch. The puppies and I made it out unharmed. When we were nearing the end of the trail Britt noticed that both our legs were shaking, from balancing and fighting gravity. Over all it was the second best hike I have had on the island, the first being to a place called Underwood and maybe sometime I will write about that one too!

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Thanks for reading and If anyone is interested in giving it a try, the trail head it easy to find. If you are coming from Parksville, look for an area on the right side of the road right before you hit Cameron Lake provincial park. You will be able to see a rail road in front of where you would park your car, follow it to the left over the trestle and right after, you will see a tiny trail on the right. You follow that all the way to the top.

Happy Hiking!

 

Tacofino

Tacofino is a name everyone in British Columbia and frankly, all over Canada needs to know about. When I moved to Port Alberni back in 2012 one of the first things I wanted to do was to try surfing, again. When I used to come out to Ucluelet from Ontario to visit my father, he would set my brother and myself up with surf lessons in Tofino. Thankfully it wasn’t hard to get my wonderful, new-found friends to take me to Tofino and help me get set up.

In all the excitement of the day I found it funny that all my friends kept talking about was this fantastic place called Tacofino and that they had the best burritos! When we arrived I realized it was a food truck, to boot it was bright orange and for those of you that don’t know orange is my favourite colour! I was pleasantly surprised and excited to try their food. My friends were correct indeed, it was and still is the best burrito I’ve ever had.

If you visit Tacofino or Tofino in general during the tourist season (Mid June – Mid September) don’t be surprised if there are a lot of people and a long line up. Good thing is that the service at Tacofino is incredible, because they are very popular! They have limited outside seating which has pros and cons. In the rainy season there is no cover, so I usually eat in my vehicle. Which I don’t mind because I would rather devour my burritos like a savage animal that hasn’t eaten in months, without being watched by strangers.

Even right now while writing the article I am drooling at the mouth thinking about one of their chicken burritos. They have an awesome menu, displayed front and center outside of the ordering window. It features an array of Burritos, Tacos and Gringas ( kind of like a small quesadilla ). In my opinion Gringas are the perfect thing for kids, gooey, delicious and less messy than a taco or burrito. They serve one of the best fish tacos I have ever had, but my favourite is their chicken burrito. It is filled to the max with fresh ingredients and it is massive! Like most other places you can add certain things like guacamole and cheese for a price, usually $1.

If the food isn’t enough to convince you make a visit then the fact that is neighbours, a chocolate shop, art gallery, a bakery, little convenience store, long luxurious beaches and much more should do it. In general, if you’re looking for a fun road trip destination, then the little hippie town of Tofino is a place you should add to your list! If you can’t make it to Tofino then head to one of their many other locations in Victoria or Vancouver!
P.S even in the off-season there are many things to do, accommodation prices are lower and the storm watching is PHENOMENAL!!

You can check out their website at http://www.tacofino.com or at their FB page www.facebook.com/TacoFino-Tofino/

 

Writing my first blog

As I sit here amid crying babies, whining toddlers, husbands who can’t seem to find anything, mountains of debt, and a wondrous world to explore; I find myself writing a blog. I can’t really explain why it is that today of all mornings I decided to take my turn at attempting a blog. But as it is here we are, I guess I should start by introducing myself.

My name is Victoria Snow, I live in Port Alberni, British Columbia. Although I am not originally from the west coast ( Hello Haliburton Ontario! ), both my parents are from either side of Canada. My dad is from Vancouver Island and my mother is from Newfoundland. How I wound up in the most beautiful place in the world is another story completely. I have a wonderful family of 2 little boys, Jackson (2yr) & Mason (1yr), and I am engaged to a very handsome man named Curtis. I consider myself extremely blessed to be surrounded by beautiful people on a daily basis. This is not to say that I feel blessed all the time. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs as I am sure all of you have as well.

This may be part of the reason I wanted to start blogging, to be able to share my experiences with anyone who finds comfort in reading about them. If I can write about something that might help others then it might be worth it. I am new at this, I really don’t know much about the online world, so please try to be kind but I also love honesty. I appreciate feedback and look forward to hearing it.  Set topics aren’t my thing. I want to share as much of my experiences as I can; whether it be about travel, food, friends, products, or family. Hoping to meet some new people along the road, find more blogs to follow, and learn as much as I can.

Thanks for sticking with me this far! Feel free to leave comments and ask questions!

Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention there are these nifty little links to my Facebook, Twitter & Instagram as well!