You can most certainly thank the lovely Mrs. Toad for the title on today’s post. We have a 1 in 7 chance it’s accurate, too! On that note, you should probably pop back around on Friday. After a hectic work-week, a visit to the bright and happy town of Cowichan Bay may just be what the doctor ordered.
We’ve been so lucky here on Vancouver Island this winter, we’ve managed to somehow elude the traditional and typical snow event that has such a big impact on day-to-day life. We’ve had tons of drab and grey days, as to be expected living in the heart of the Pacific Northwest rainforest, and on days like we had this past weekend there is no better experience to be had than to head out on the back roads of the island on a journey of discovery and delight.
The tiny community of Cowichan Bay is right in The Hollow’s backyard, so to speak. A few brief minutes away from our house and we find ourselves immersed in a quintessential island spot, complete with all the character of a small town and the wonder that is found enjoying life ocean side. Don’t let the bright sunlight and vibrant colors fool you, by late in the afternoon both Mrs. Toad and I had frozen flippers as we called it a day and headed for that much-lauded glass of wine we had been looking forward to.
This scene was shot near the Cowichan Estuary looking across the water from the town of Cowichan Bay. The terrific wooden sailboat we see here is aptly named “Friday”, literally welcoming and beckoning a weekend spent enjoying the sights. Even after a stressful week, a few minutes spent in town taking in all the spirit and character it has to offer, and the modern trappings literally fall away leaving you feeling as if you’d just had a vacation.
As you turn to face the other direction, a completely different scene emerges. The visual dichotomy of finding such a large freighter moored just offshore in such a tiny bay is something that is difficult to appreciate without being here in person. These ships are massive ocean-going vessels that travel the world’s oceans bringing goods to many ports, the west coast of Canada being just one of the scheduled stops. Sometimes when you visit Cowichan Bay you will find several of these ships parked, and other times there are none to be found. Our tree-covered mountains roll over the rugged landscapes, and the scale of both the ship and it’s environs is not evident at first glance, but rest assured it is indeed significant.
Do you have special places like this where you live? Places that can take you away in a moment to enjoy a few hours, yet at the same time leave you feeling as if you’ve had a wonderful vacation to a far-away and exotic location? Please feel free to tell us about it, or share any comments you may have below, in our comment’s section. We love to hear from all our visitors!!