Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bella Coola

We headed to Bella Coola for our summer holidays this year. Bella Coola is a small community on BC's central coast. There is only one road that accesses the central coast, and you must drive down a very scary hill to get to the ocean. It is so notorious, you only need to say "The Hill," and everyone knows exactly which hill you are referring to. 
The switchbacks were terrifying, and the steep drop-offs forced me to close my eyes (fortunately, I was not the one driving).
We stayed in a very cute cabin at the Rip Rap campground. It was a beautiful place, right on the river. There was fresh bear poo not far from our door, so we were happy to have the protection of the cabin at nights (toddlers are not very "bear aware"!).
We had some rainy days, which did not damper our fun. You can hike just as well in the rain, if you have the right clothes.

There are many spots with old growth forests and Cedar made sure to give the giant cedars a hug.
Some very, very ancient trees!

We also did a boat tour with Discovery Coast and it was a fun experience! We caught prawns:
Saw pictographs:

Saw seals:
Hiked to a giant, GIANT cedar tree:

Posed in front of beautiful waterfalls:

And soaked in some hotsprings:

It was a wonderful time spent with family.

Garden 2016

Our garden is taking off with all the rain we have been having! Our deck has a variety of pots with food growing in it. Here is my "cut-and-come-again" salad box.
We've also got herbs and peppers, tomatoes, and melons.
The cucumbers are now even bigger than this.
And we've eaten our first ripe tomato.

The peppers
The squashes

Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, dill, and lettuce.
Beans, lettuce, and peas.
Broccoli and beets. We have broccoli almost daily. The kids love it roasted.
Kesten's sunflowers are now almost as tall as me.
Our purple podded pole peas have been a lot of fun!


Asparagus and basil
Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, and onions.
More onions
Carrots and kale
Our playhouse had some renos done! It has been getting daily use.
 I made a little kitchen inside and the kids love it! The go to the garden to pick peas and dill, and bring it back to their kitchen to "cook" it and eat it.

The raspberries are ripe now.

We have a bumper crop of sour cherries this year!
 Dinner provided by the garden.
 And some sour cherry crumb cake for dessert.

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