Day 17: Tofino, BC – Errington, BC (via Ucluelet)

At the advice of Blazena we drove to the Ucluelet Aquariam (it was cold, damp and foggy in Tofino so this seemed like the perfect indoor activity).  We were not disappointed. It’s small but is a very informative, hands-on non-profit aquarium that operates on a catch and release system (all animals are released back into the wild at the end of the season). Rain and Moxie did a scavenger hunt (for prizes!) and got to touch and feel many cool aquatic life (star fish, anemone, sea cucumbers etc).  The staff were very knowledgable and went out of their way to teach the visitors about the ocean. (highly recommended activity!)

exploring the Ucluelet Aquarium

exploring the Ucluelet Aquarium

Ucluelet Aquarium starfish

Ucluelet Aquarium starfish

Ucluelet Aquarium starfish

Ucluelet Aquarium starfish

Jelly Fish

Jelly Fish

Afterwards I dragged the kids into a thrift store I had noticed across the street.  Before I knew it they had each picked out wigs that they were desperate for.  Once I had agreed on the wigs they discovered matching shirts – yes, shirts that matched their corresponding wigs!  We swung a deal (I would buy the wigs and they would buy the shirts) and the took off to the beach (in full costume).

look Mom, wigs - can we buy them?

look Mom, wigs – can we buy them?

On the short drive to Big Beach, the kids had already chosen their band name (Thunder) and their own names within the band (Rain was now “Storm” and Moxie was now “Lightening” and it was very important that I only use their band names).   Apparently they would now say “Nah” instead of “No” but otherwise, they would stay the same. The trip to the beach turned out to be more of a photo shoot:

photo shoot

photo shoot

photo shoot

photo shoot

photo shoot

photo shoot

lunch break

lunch break

They were so excited to use the net that Kim had given them to catch a crab – their band needed a band pet!!  There is a very inappropriate rock band/groupie joke in there somewhere but I’ll keep this rated PG.

rock stars on the rocks

rock stars on the rocks

band pet "pinchers"

band pet “pinchers”

looking for ocean-life

looking for ocean-life

We then made the twisty turvy drive back to Errington.  Moxie thought we should save our money and buy a limo.  Maybe after their first album?  On the way back the two of them wrote song lyrics and talked about cool ‘band stuff’. (“Mom, we have the look, we have the songs, we have the talent, we just need the fame.  How do you get the fame?) Well let’s start with another photo shoot in Coombs:

photo shoot continues

photo shoot continues

photo shoot continues

photo shoot continues

photo shoot continues

photo shoot continues

photo shoot continues

photo shoot continues

We were all excited to be back to  Andrew and Leanne’s  for one more night.

rock stars on tour

rock stars on tour

The kids went running to visit the chickens.  Then Andrew took us on a tour of his amazing property (and yes, they are still in full costume despite the record high temperatures)!

getting a tour of Andrew and Leanne's property

getting a tour of Andrew and Leanne’s property

Once back the kids spent about an hour in the coop before came running up to the porch…

“We saw a chicken lay an egg!!”

And sure enough, they had the egg to prove it. (we may eat this for breakfast!) Kids went to bed and adults visited… I enjoyed my first scotch … and hence no more writing ..zzzzzzzz

g’nite,

Team Adventurers! (@pixiepaperdoll7)

ps. Tomorrow we are heading to Vancouver (Can’t wait to see you Jill!!)

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