The business signs for this little plaza between Ucluelet and Tofino capture much of the essence of the region: outdoorsyness, surfiness, grooviness.
More regional character: First Nations art, Olde English pub, Sushi bar
Thankfully, we did not need these services.
The Main Attraction!
Our "home" beach, Cox Bay — stunning in all weathers
(Freddie was initially a little freaked out by the boards, but he got used to them.)
Many thanks to Suzanne and Michael (and their jazzy pooches, Basie and Ella) for the recommendation of Cox Bay Beach Resort, where comfy accommodations, über-friendly staff, and good off-season deals can be found!
No WWF post of this length would be complete without some attempts at arty-farty photography. These photogenic beaches can be pretty flattering to the skills of amateurs!
Officially, the beaches of Pacific Rim Park are on-leash only — mainly because of the dangers to shore birds of charging, barking dogs. Shore bird season, we discovered, is between April and September ... so, with the go-ahead from locals (and keeping an eye out for anything other than fearless crows), we let Freddie romp off-leash.
Hard-packed sand is perfect to walk on!
On the lighter side, can you see how Freddie is sitting on the wall? That was his choice, and he remained that way for about ten minutes. :)
No, I did not bother trying to calculate a dose for ice cream. I contented myself with the photo — and am quite pleased with the result!
Hip, Handsome Fellows Hanging Out
Thanks to everyone who emailed me a link to the Saturday Sun article on diabetes alert dogs and the local teen who is using one. Here is the article, for anyone else who is interested.
More from the Wild Wet West to come!