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Lake Chelan/Vancouver Island Trip

Day 11 of 13

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Sunday, July 3rd
Victoria

Today we decided to relax. We made the one hour drive to Victoria just to heck the city out a bit. We ended up just spending the day at Beacon Hill Park.

The park is a large urban park (a la Golden Gate Park in San Francisco). We started off by having a picnic lunch. Then we strolled over to the petting zoo. They have rabbits, ducks, peacocks, sheep, alpacas, a brahma cow, and lots of goats. Lots of fun for the kids.

Pot-bellied pig at the petting zoo

Backside of a peacock

Mating ritual dance?

Brahma cow

Alpaca

Alpaca

Peacock

We then visited (still inside the park) one of the tallest totem poles in the world. It stands over 127 feet tall. Although I'm not sure if that measurement is when it's completely straight. When we went, we could clearly see that the top half was bent. It's a bit unnerving standing directly beneath it. I'm not sure if there's some physiological effect from tilting your head back so far, but I swear that the longer you look at it, the more you're convinced that it's starting to fall and will land right on top of you.

That's the second tallest totem pole I've ever seen!

Okay, I lied -- it's the tallest

That is not straight!

Then it was off to the beach, just a short walk from the totem pole. The beach is a long sandy beach with some driftwood and perfect throwing rocks. It's also a popular place for kite surfers. We enjoyed watching several of them out on the water. One of them was very good, doing lots of flips and generally being entertaining.

There's also a children's playground in the area, and we stopped there for a few minutes. It's a standard playground with rope ladders, a slide, swings, and a see saw.

We then drove back to Point No Point, where we had dinner reservations. We'd met a family a couple days earlier who had raved about the restaurant, so we had high expectations. The duck confit I had was very good, and the service and food in general were good, although not up to the standards of the finest restaurants you'll find in the Bay Area.


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