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Our Week Off

Hope everyone has had a good week and weekend, for us it went by way too fast – Monday tomorrow?!

Since I have been away over a week now there is so much to catch up on, I do not know where to start.

Last Saturday I met up with Destini for the first time! She was in Calgary so we had to make the trip south to see her and her husband. So glad we did, we had an awesome lunch at The Coup Smile

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Now they just need to move here so we can see each other more Winking smile

Sunday morning we left on our road trip to Tofino. I had never been that far west before and Chad had a long, long time ago.

Day 1 we drove to Vernon which was pretty uneventful.

Day 2 we had a much shorter drive to Chilliwack – only about 4 hours. Once there we found a lake to hang out at for a few hours (Cultus Lake), then we went to a putting course – as the owner called it “mini golf on steroids”. It was just like a actual golf course but obviously all putting. It was really nice!

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Day 3 was our ferry ride to the island. My first time on the ferry!

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Nothing too exciting, and no whale sightings Sad smile I also bought myself a fedora at the ferry terminal:


From the ferry to Tofino was ROUGH. These signs are an understatement:

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I get car sick on a good day let alone at 7 months pregnant and almost 3 hours of winding roads were no fun. Once in Tofino I started to feel better. Our accommodation in Tofino was amazing, right on the bay, and the perfect little space:



We enjoyed the sunny patio before heading for supper.


A candid photo from Chad Smile

Before supper we went to inquire on whale tours. I am scared of the water in general and no a fan of boats so when we found a place with a newer, bigger boat I was pretty happy. However, after talking to the guy we were told no whale watching for pregnant ladies…the open ocean can be too choppy I guess. But he sold us on a bear tour since its in the inlets and much calmer waters. We went for supper and then went back to book the tour and it was sold out!!! I was so disappointed, the next tour was for the day we were leaving and this place had also given us a good deal. We decided to go on a hunt for another company and finally found one that had space and was reasonably priced. The only downside – small motor boat… Eeek.

The next morning we were up bright and early for the tour at 7am. The boat was older but totally safe and I was fine the entire time just cold. I had no idea before getting Tofino but it is not a warm place and usually really foggy.

Tofino morning:


Our bear tour was great, we saw 4 black bears, including one cub, lots of bald eagles, seals and jelly fish.



The smaller boat was good since we got way closer to the animals too.

After the tour we went back to warm up – it seriously felt like November to me! Then we went for brunch. I am experiencing the whole pregnancy thing where I am starving, eat a few bites of food and I am stuffed, then an hour later repeat that all over again. Brunch took me about an hour to eat because of this!

We decided to check out a few of the beaches in the afternoon, however the fog was still around and it made for a cold beach day!



After a while the fog had not lifted so we made our way back to Tofino, but first we stopped at a place for gelato, all this for $5:

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Lavender honey and Pistachio. So, so good! We also spotted the famous Tacofino food truck there and decided to come back later for supper.

Back in Tofino the sun was out and we enjoyed some sun tanning on the balcony:


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That might the only time I am a bikini this pregnancy, summer is going too fast!

Our taco (we had the tuna one) was our vote for best meal while on the trip.

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It had ginger, seasweed salad, tuna and other great things. A must visit if you are in Tofino, thanks to Amber for the suggestion Smile

That night it was semi clear to get some sunset photos:


Not too bad, but the fog started to creep in again. Boo.

Thursday morning we had breakfast at the apartment, then stopped at a coffee place for coffee:

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Totally reminded me of Cool Beans at home.

The rest of Thursday and Friday were fairly uneventful, spent most if the day travelling, almost missed our ferry (we were 3 minutes late for reservation) but snuck on thankfully, stopped at a fruit stand where Chad got to feed the goats:

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The trip home seemed to take forever but we finally got back home Friday evening.

Overall we had a good week, it went too fast and were happy to see Tofino and the island. However, next time we might fly out there Smile

Be back tomorrow with our Mud Hero and weekend recap!


Anyone else been to Tofino, thoughts?

What is your ideal vacation?

I like to be busy, I do prefer warmer destinations, and I like to move around lots to see as much as we can – probably why we’ve done the all inclusive thing. I do have my favorite relax spots such as Phoenix though too!

Snackin’ – Road Trip Style

Happy Friday! It is a even better Friday than usual… long weekend ahead and its still summer, so everyone better enjoy it 😉

No Foodie Friday today because in two days we are off for the week to the west coast. I have never been to the west coast of Canada or Vancouver island so I am really excited. Not to brag or anything but our place in Tofino is waterfront, so each morning I think we will enjoy coffee on the patio.

I did want to talk about food today, road trip style though. We have done our fair share of road trips and maybe it was the way my Mom was when we were younger but we always had a cooler of snacks on hand no matter what. Probably important with 3 little kids in a vehicle! That habit wore off on me and any drive over 2 hours you can bet we have snacks on board.

The key with road trip snacks:

– Easy

– Not messy

– Still healthy

– Possibly not needing to be kept cool

Those are my top ones anyways. Saying that we usually do have a soft cooler packed for longer trips with ice packs. On our longer trips we’d pack a full sized cooler, buy food at groceries stores and store it all in there so save money no eating out as much.

On a road trip like this one, 6 days in length and where we will stay in a place for more than a night I focus on bringing food for meals and snacks on the road – also saves time not stopping to eat.

Here are some of my favorites for road trips:

– PB&J sandwiches – not fancy but they work

– Veggies and hummus – would not be the best for kids but we can keep the mess down 😉

– Protein and Granola bars

– Baking – healthy cookies, muffins, energy balls etc. – Again, probably too messy for kids but not for adults

– Nuts and dried fruit or trail mix

– Fruit. – Can be tricky since you’ll need a bag to toss the peel or core in. Usually we bring apples or bananas.

– Cheese and crackers – Cheese would need to be kept in a cooler

– Hydration – water, coconut water or sports drinks are my favorite to stay hydrated 🙂

In other REALLY exciting news, I am off to meet a blog buddy tomorrow, Desinti from The Healthy Wife. While it feel like we have met and have talked for probably two years now via blogs and emails we have never actually met, silly province in between us 😉 I am pretty excited since we have been planning this date for a long time now.

I will be in and out from the blog next week, have a few posts ready for you but probably won’t be back for a holiday update till next weekend 🙂


What is your favorite road trip snack?