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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Monday, April 28, 2014

keeping secrets, wild pacific trail and lavender honey gelato

After one day in Tofino I was ready to live there permanently.  I wanted to nestle into a darling little cottage with a cozy fireplace and write a book about the people.  A series like Mitford, but with a bit more mystery and a dash of romance.  It's a town that softly whispers "Tell my story."

But it also whispers "Keep my secrets."  If too many learn about Tofino's charms it's likely to change.  I'll not be a part of that.  No, ma'am.

So, I settled for taking pictures and was thankful for the memories I'd collect along the way.

We had breakfast one morning at The Common Loaf.  The building caught my eye but the real treasure was inside...

The breakfast sandwiches were unreal.  At first glance we though we should've gotten one to share.  And then we took the first bite and changed our minds.  We'd walk off the calories later.  These were way too good to share.  

This was our view.  See the water in the distance?

The moss on the roof was unusual and unique.  Probably not good for the building, but who cares?  It looked super cool.

The Tofino Hospital looks like a boat.  A boat!  Every corner held a new surprise in this town. Beauty, charm and occasionally a sense of humor.:)

This is another view of The Common Loaf- from across the street.  Further down the road was a lavender house.  Delightful.

After dinner we explored a dock simply because it was there.  I loved the reflection in the water.  

This old rusty scale had it's own beauty.  

Back at the Wickaninnish Inn we discovered Red Wiggler worms busily working.  The Organic Temple of Transition is a fancy way of saying "composting".;)

Every evening and morning we'd get a report on the weather as well as the tides.  It was a lovely way to plan for our beach exploring.

We decided to take a road to trip to Ucluelet for a short hike.  The Wild Pacific Trail was like no other trail I've ever seen before.

Glorious is the word that first comes to mind.  The history was haunting, though.  Graveyard of the Pacific...

The views took my breath away.  It was impossible to take a bad picture.

Magnificent and utterly majestic trees filled the forest.

This view reminded me so much of The Goonies.  They must have filmed it in the Pacific Northwest.  BTW, did you hear that they're thinking of making a sequel?  "Hey You Guys!!!!"  (Can you name the character?)

I was intrigued by the locks left behind here.  My parents said it was some kind of tradition in Europe?  Someone even left behind a bridal bouquet...

After that adventure we made a stop at Chocolate Tofino.  It's no larger than a bread box but my girls are still talking about the gelato they enjoyed there.  

Everything was local from the sea salt in the Salted Caramel to the lavender in the Lavender Honey.  Their chocolates were out of this world, too.

The sign is too perfect, don't you think?

Night view of The Common Loaf restaurant.  

Back in our room.  A shot of the book selection over the fireplace.

I wish I'd had more time to sit and enjoy them.  I guess we'll just have to go back again someday.;)


Jeanne said...

Was excited to see that you had another post up about this amazing place, and what wonderful memories all of you created in your trip here. Your girls are just so cute and looked as if they were having so much fun. Wouldn't it be so fun to live in that little cottage here and do your writing. one of those fun' what if's" ENHOYED your shots!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Breathtaking scenery and a sweet, fun town. I'd say Tofino has it all! My brother-in-law and his family moved to the Brevard, NC, area about 20 years ago, struck by the mountain scenery and the towns nearby (Asheville, too, with the Biltmore Estate). I can surely see the appeal of Tofino. Thanks for the tour!

Rho said...

Hey Lori!

I really enjoyed your last post and this one. I really would like to meet you and go on one of your trips even if it is just for a week or two! When you guys come to California, I'll be sure to show you around San Francisco and take you too all the best restaurants although they are cheap.

Lindsay-ann said...

Oh Lori, Tofino is so utterly charming. I loved your pictures very much, the little wooden buildings are wonderful and a hospital that looks like a boat, is so very quirky. Those breakfast sandwiches looked delicious. I hope you get to go back one day and read those books and I hope I can come with you ;) The books ends are wonderful, so beachy. Lindsay x

Robin Beck said...

Very quaint!
The Goonies was filmed in Oregon and California. Most of it was based in Astoria Oregon which isn't far from us... You should come see it! ;) Wasn't it Chunk that said "Hey you guys?"
The locks are reminiscent of Lovers Lock... It's where sweethearts put a padlock on a bridge to symbolize their love. They usually inscribe their names on the lock. They have these all over the world... Google " Lovers lock bridge" it's interesting! ❤️❤️❤️

Nancy said...

Love the water, the memories, the little cafe, and even the moss of the roof...all little treasures. Thanks for sharing - love it all!