Monday, November 8, 2010
A surprise around every corner
Even within a short drive from home, we still keep coming across things to surprise and delight us.
Yesterday, we went to see the annual salmon run, coincidentally exactly the same weekend as when we went last year.
This year is supposed to be a mega salmon spawning event, but there were actually far fewer fish at Goldstream than we've seen previously. Don't know why that would be so, but the high expectations meant the place was packed with visitors. The highway is narrow there, and was very busy. Once we'd strolled up and down a while, and stopped for a bite to eat, it was time to exit the narrow and congested parking lot.
Rather than join the line of cars waiting for the one-gap-every-five-minutes-or-so to exit onto the highway, we decided to take the largely-ignored and very narrow road leading up into the hills in the other direction.
We knew this would take us home eventually. Instead of looping down and around the north end of Victoria on the highway this road actually cuts through the Highlands in more-or-less the right direction for home. Just a lot slower, because many miles of it are up and down, around twists and turns, and only one car wide in places.
But we were in no hurry, and this was a road we've never been along before, so it beat the heck out of waiting in a line up.
And we were glad we did. It's good once in a while to travel a road you've not used before, so this was a little bit of adventure to brighten up a chilly Sunday.
We drove (slowly) through some beautiful scenery as we wound around the back of Mt. Finlayson.
We came across a fence made of skis...
And as we passed Prospect Lake golf course we saw deer grazing...
Finally we stopped off at the Red Barn market for ice cream to celebrate life's pleasant surprises.