Sunday, 17 June 2012

Home in Nanaimo!!

After 12,000 kms, we made it safely back to our new home of Nanaimo on Friday June 15th. We were actually gone longer on our tour than we had lived in our new place in Nanaimo. We had to spend the last few days reacquainting ourselves with "home"!! Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz wisely said, long ago, "There's no place like home", if we could have only brought the sun and warmth with us!!

Before we left Josh & Kathy's in White Rock, Josh spent a bit of time cleaning up my bike from all those Mexican miles that were put on it. He ran out of time for Doug's bike, maybe next time!! Thanks, Buddy!! 

Here's our ride that will complete our journey back to home...

Beautiful coastal mountains of Howe Sound...

Yup, even the Coast Guard came out to say Welcome Back!! (ha ha)

We are enjoying the extra space. For those not aware, we downsized our lives, selling our townhouse and we both retired in November and December to Nanaimo. We built a comfy little suite of 550 sq ft in my sister's house on the lower level. This is our new home base that allows us to travel. Believe me, even 550 sq ft seems REALLY huge after living in Euri, our VW Westfalia!!

Today is Sunday - Father's Day. Both our great kids spoke with their Dad this morning and made his day. Kids are the best!! Afterwards, we headed up to Qualicum Beach to see the big car show, Seaside Cruizers. ( It takes over the whole town and is really fun. We sure enjoyed walking around. So much time, effort and money spent on these cars. Some of them are pretty incredible. Doug loves walking around, reminiscing about the old cars that he has had in his car stable over the years. The sun even managed to poke through for most of the day...

Loads of car fans...

...including us!!

Doug had a car very much like this, only his was a '53 Ford and this is a '54 Ford.

I like the odd bits on the cars!!

I always wondered why they put an airplane on the hood of a car....

Anyone remember the awesome movie "The Rocketeer"???

No car show is complete without a guy in a kilt!!!

This one is for my brother-in-law, Martin Nichols. He has a red jeep like this and loves his outdoors-plus he is a new Canadian (as of a few years ago!!) 

That's it for us today. Happy Father's Day to all those Dad's out there!!


Stayed tuned for more "Island" updates.....


  1. Welcome home! From reading the blog I know you had lots of fun, meeting people, new scenery, different foods and of course sunshine. All those memories are there any time you go to your "Happy Place". Unfortunately the sun will do as it wishes but you can always go back to recharge you batteries next year.

  2. Unless Canada was a year behind that is a '53 ford. The '54, at least in the US had a single chrome line all the way back on thee side.
    First picture shows a '54 side view.