These are pictures from Tofino and Hot Springs Cove and Butchart Gardens in Victoria.


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Natalia and I decided to take a charter flight into Hot Springs Cove to check out the area. This
is the office of Tofino Air, the group that took us for a flight.


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The view inside the Beaver. This is only a little smaller than Erik's Dash-6 - the Twin Otter.


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Natalia looks so good in giant headphones.


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Beautiful view of the great sandy beaches from the plane.


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Very typical of the West Coast with the mountains and the trees.


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View out to the Pacific. Can you see Hawaii? Look closer.


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Coming in to the town of Ahouset. This is a reserve with population of a few thousand.
This is a good example of why Indian Affairs needs to be reformed. Not a single example of
anyone who is happy with their lives.


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A better view of Ahouset.


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Check how sweet this beach is. There were only two kayaks on it.


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That little white bit on the water is actually a grey whale. Our pilot saw a whale boat and went
in for a closer look.


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This is the dock at Hot Springs Cove.


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The view of the actual hot springs from the air. It was super windy the day we flew in. The
flight we took was actually the last flight that Tofino Air took that day. Good thing we were camping!


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A view of our plane taxiing from the water.


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The boardwalk from the government dock to the hot springs is carved almost the whole way there.
The springs are a popular spot to stop for sailors and so they carve the names of their boats.


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The hot springs are actually inside BC's Maquinna Provincial Park. The only implication to this
is that there was a little weird American guy living in a boat at the dock who collected a
small fee for the province.


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The view from the beach house at the hot springs.


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The hot springs at Hot Springs Cove are a series of small pools sealed with rocks that form from
the waterfalls seen here to the ocean level. At the waterfall, the water temp is ~ 50 deg C, so
it's kind of hot. I took this while sitting in the 2nd or 3rd pool.


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Natalia in the foreground looking at the hot springs waterfall.


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This is the life for sure.


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I walked out towards the ocean and took a shot looking back. You can see Natalia enjoying
the heat in the water.


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A little better profile picture showing a few of the pools as well as the waterfall feeding all of
the pools.


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Here I am enjoying a nice shower in the hot water.


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Natalia, having a shower in the hot water. For the first time, I think she actually felt
warm in the water.


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Natalia in the hot hot shower.


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On the right side of this picture is the actual hot springs pools. On the left is the actual
ocean as the cove water comes up to the hot springs outflows.


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I took this picture for my good friend Bill Righter. Batwing buddy, YEAH!


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As a way of allowing us to enjoy the hot springs without all the people, Natalia and I camped
on the island. This way, we were the first ones to hit the springs in the morning before the
boat cruises and flights showed up. The campgrounds are administered by the local Indian tribe
which means no one does much of anything. However, the washrooms are some of the nicest backcountry
bathrooms I've ever seen.


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Natalia and I hung out and looked at jellyfish in the ocean while we were chilling waiting for
dinner to heat up. I thought this one looked like someone had taken a red bell pepper and had
cut it along its length and placed four slices into the jellyfish. I think this is a moon
jellyfish, but I'm not sure.


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We were the first people to the hot springs in the morning and had the pools to ourselves
for at least an hour. I can tell I'm on vacation since I left my watch in my backpack at the tent.


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I climbed up the waterfall (I didn't fall like the idiot from the day before) and tried to
get a good shot looking out to sea. The steam makes it tougher to take good pictures but you
get an idea what the area is like.


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Me, basking in the morning sun and the hot water.


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Pure utopia, enjoying the heat and the solitude.


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Paul gives the Hot Springs Cove two thumbs up. Way up!


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One of these days I'll actually remember to bring my camera stand.


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You can actually sit and be bombarded by the waterfalls in one of the pools.


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Natalia enjoyed it too.


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There's a small nook behind the waterfalls you can sit in as well.


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Natalia wanted to touch one of the jellyfish. Thankfully, she only wanted to touch the actual
body and not the tentacles. She said it felt firmer than she was expecting.


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While we waited for our plane to pick us up, we watched ocean perch off the dock and
ate cold Alpha-getti.


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Our plane after we were back in Tofino.

Butchart Gardens


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After getting back to civilization, Natalia and I made the drive back to Victoria since she wanted
to see Butchart Gardens. It turns out it's way cooler than I initially thought. Here's more
information about the Gardens: LINK


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Mrs Butchart apparently took an old limestone quarry and turned it into something amazing.
This is at the start of the sunken gardens, where the quarry was.


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A view down into the sunken gardens.


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Natalia and one of the ponds in the sunken gardens.


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There was a really nice water fountain at the end of this set of gardens.


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I can't remember the name of this flower, but I quite enjoyed it. Found along the Sunken Garden.


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The totem poles on the way out of the Sunken Gardens.


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Of course, some of Natalia's favourites were the pink roses in the rose garden. We thought
the Portland Rose Garden was better for strictly roses, but the Butchart is pretty nice too.


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One of Nati's favourite lilies.


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Natalia likes pink roses but only with certain shades of pink. These ones were winners.


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Natalia and I under one of the arches.


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Natalia walking under the rose arches of the Rose Garden.


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Natalia with a view out to Butchart Cove.


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Definitely not a terrible place to spend some time in the evening.


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I really liked these trees in the Japanese Gardens.


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I tried to get a picture of the Sunken Gardens under lights. This isn't awful, but it's not terrific.

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