Monday, August 17, 2015

starting another year

yesterday, i cashed in one of my birthday presents.
a day hike at east sooke park on vancouver island's west coast.
it had been a weekend full of little celebrations already
but this day was my favourite.
we got up early and were at the trail head by 9 am.
the early start was possible because we let our two sleeping teens slumber on 
(they were up waaaay too late with friends the night before)
the trail was rigorous (lots of hills and uneven pathways)
but we have done this one a thousand times before so we knew what we were up against.
 the most exciting part of the morning were the orcas...
yes, yes, yes...a pod of five (with their blow holes and all)
 came swimming through the strait,
just to make our day!!!
i tried to snap a shot but i was too much in awe of the moment (sorry...)
with all the orca excitement, 
it took us under two hours to make it to beechy head summit
but just over an hour to get back to the car.
yup....a spectacular start to another year of life !!!

wishing you all a wonderful start to your week...


  1. Happy belated birthday Erica, what a fantastic place to celebrate. How stunningly beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful start to your week too.

    1. thanks Tracey...this place is my favourite of the west coast trails on the was perfect for reflecting on my year past and my year to come !!!

  2. wow! orcas!!!! lucky you and I love how you cashed in a present to be shared :) Happy birthday :)

    1. they were incredible...especially when all five members of the pod came up for air together. They were as big as the fishing boats!!!

  3. Happy birthday Erica!!! What a wonderful way to celebrate. I think you and I would get along just wonderfully, this would be totally my way of celebrating too :)

    Orcas on your birthday, how cool! Have you looked up the animal meaning of orca, might be interesting to know what seeing them means. Just a thought.

    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead filled with lots of love, adventure, and fun. xo

    1. thank you was a beautiful celebratory hike (I couldn't have asked for a better birthday) you use a special reference book for understanding animal sightings?


thank you for your kind words... they really do make my day !!!