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Nanaimo Ferry to Newcastle Island (Saysutshun) + HFF! (+4 insets)

Nanaimo Ferry to Newcastle Island (Saysutshun) + HFF! (+4 insets)
(+4 insets!) (Please view large for more details!)

Vancouver Island's bustling city of Nanaimo is perfectly located between the rugged, sparsely populated northern town of Port Hardy and the metropolitan city of Victoria in the south. I mentioned in my last report how unfortunate it was that we weren't able to book a 5-day stay at our campground. We had to make due with three days and because we wanted to be in the area for a total of at least five days, we found another campsite just a bit north which we booked for four days. However, as I've mentioned on other posts, any "travel" day, no matter how short, is a complete disruption and we hate it. Usually we cannot do anything at all on those days other than get from Point A to Point B, set up, eat dinner, and then wind down before bed.

In this case, we had exactly ONE full day to be in this area and throwing out all the other excursions around, we decided to go to Newcastle Island for the day. Located just off the coast of Nanaimo, it's just a short 10-minute ferry ride over to this sizable and culturally significant island.

Owned and managed by the Snuneymuxw First Nation people, the proper name for Newcastle Island is Saysutshun, which means 'training for running.' This island has always been hugely important to the Snuneymuxw as a place of physical and spiritual healing and to prepare mentally for races or battles. There are no cars or motor vehicles allowed (except for First People's maintenance-related) and there is something really wonderful about being required to walk or ride a bike to get anywhere.

This being said, we decided to take our bikes with us on our adventure, as it is a fantastic way to see the island and travel on its 22 km of well-maintained trails.

Saysutshun's little ferry runs to and fro every 30 minutes with a modest fee of $9 for a roundtrip ticket which includes a bike and we were so excited as we parked and made our way over to the pier.

Today's Pictures
My main picture today also works for Happy Fence Friday! It shows the walkway down to the docking area for the ferry and temporary docking. Our ferry, the Grey Selkie, is docked in place on the left side with another boat docked on the right. This picture was taken after we returned from Saysutshun but I wanted to use it so you could see the ferry. I was so excited when it arrived that I totally forgot to take one! :D

We only waited for about five minutes before the boat pulled up and while we waited I got a picture of the cute little blue boat docked there. We initially thought it was the ferry but realized that it probably wasn't, especially when the actual one pulled up! Once it was tied to the pier, Steve helped the captain and assistant to lift our bikes up to the cargo area on top of the boat. After we were seated I took a picture of the inside which I thought was really interesting. I'd never been in such a small ferry before and was overwhelmed by the "cute" factor of this little work boat!

I have also included a panorama that I took as we motored from Nanaimo to Saysutshun. You can see just how close the island is to the mainland on the left side of the picture. You can see the Nanaimo harbor and also, near the right side of the panorama, Saysutshun's harbor! Pretty cool! :) (The land mass on the right side is Protection Island, a First People's private land, not normally visited by non-indigenous people and a home to many of these folk.)

Pam, I hope that you are comfortable and resting a lot. You've been in my thoughts so often and I am very relieved that all went well. This hurdle out of the way, now you can focus on being as well as possible. I hope that you get a little better quality of life with this stress out of the way. Maybe there is a possibility that your Left Side Neglect will fade some as time passes from your procedure. You mentioned that what's done is done but I can't help hoping for some improvements for you. *BIG HUGS* from southern Oregon.

Explored on 1/24/20; highest placement #4.

Holger Hagen, Roséa, Jenny McIntyre, fifi and 45 other people have particularly liked this photo

38 comments - The latest ones
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
HFF, Janet ! Have a very nice weekend !
5 months ago.
 Marta Wojtkowska
Marta Wojtkowska club
Lovely panorama, beautiful colors.
5 months ago.
cammino club
Beautiful seascape. HFF, Janet!
5 months ago.
 John Lawrence
John Lawrence club
Beautiful Janet

5 months ago.
Joli pano !! HFF Janet
5 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A wonderful fence offering Janet, I hope you are having a HFF and that your weekend is a good one
5 months ago.
Pilago club
HFF Janet! I wish you a good Friday and a very nice weekend!
5 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
HFF Janet mooie ruimtelijke landschappen daar bij jouw HFF en mooi weekeinde!
5 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
HFF. Très belle photo avec notes. Nicole.
5 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
wieder ein schön illustrierter Reisebericht, Janet, ich bewundere deinen Fleiß!
5 months ago.
HFF to you too my dear Janet.
5 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
superbe ces moments de plaisir... !
HFF et excellente fin de semaine.
5 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh what a glorious place, Janet. I'm not surprised at all that you loved being there. That is a very small ferry - mind you the ferry that goes across the river from Appledore to Instow is similar in size, it just doesn't have a cabin.

Also, keep an eye out for the postman (mailman), in about a week, as your squidgeys were posted today!!!!!!! LOL
5 months ago.
 José Manuel Polo
José Manuel Polo club
Paisaje hermoso. Buen fin de semana.
5 months ago.
Xata club
Well spotted, Janet, HFF
5 months ago.
Ecobird club
A great series of images Janet and I enjoyed the narrative. I adore ferries so these shots really appeal to me. I am always excited to travel on them. HFF and have a good weekend
5 months ago.
Esther club
Looks like a long walk (but I'm sure it's just the lens). :) HFF to you.
5 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Fabulous series!

Admired in:
5 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

5 months ago.
 Vijay Uppar
Vijay Uppar
So wonderful siteand most stunning shot nice captured.
5 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Beaux panoramas et photos de votre passionnant séjour sur l'île de Vancouver !
Je vous souhaite un bon week-end, Janet ! HFF
5 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Wonderful scenic capture. Love the Pips also. Especially the Photographer (Probably Steve) grabbing a shot. Well done Janet Regards Tess.
5 months ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Returning to say Congratulations in Explore. Well deserved for this image.
5 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
oh, Iceland... a wonderful shot with vision !
5 months ago.
 Marije Aguillo
Marije Aguillo club
Excelente perspectiva. HFF an have a nice weekend.
5 months ago.
uwschu club
Schöne Serie von euch Beiden
5 months ago.
Annemarie club
5 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely set, Janet. What a great little ferry too. Slightly belated HFF.
5 months ago.
trester88 club
Wieder eine schöne Serie, Janet! Der Zaun leitet den Blick ins Bild hinein.
Einen verspäteten HFF, Janet, und ein schönes Wochenende!
5 months ago.
Christa1004 club
I imagine what a great day trip it must have been. Discovering a place by bike is always the best way to see most of the landscape. Belated HFF, Janet and a nice weekend.
5 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
HFF, Janet. I like the way how the landing stage leads into the water. The insets are interesting. Most I like the pic with the little blue boat.
Have a wonderful weekend!
5 months ago.
 Mario Vargas
Mario Vargas club
great perspective , belated HFF
5 months ago.
 Lee & Luv
Lee & Luv club
Happy Sunday ;-)
5 months ago.
RHH club
Love that little ferry and the story your photos tell and the commentary. That was not very expensive either for the ferry ride and the opportunity to bike around the island. Mackinac Island is the same - no cars - but much more touristy from what you've described. We were there many years ago but have avoided it since.

Much warmer here though it still hasn't been above freezing. Started the car a few days ago, the first time since we arrived, and got all the snow off it. Nancy has been going out and walking in the snow but I haven't been much motivated to do the same though I should be trying tto get in shape for some hiking in Texas.

I'll be back to finish this. Kids climbing all over me.

Back again but almost a day later. Busy, busy, busy here. Some of Rose's in-laws were in town and they were here last night. We finally went to bed - not very sociable but both of us were exhausted, and wouldn't you know it, the twins were up at 5:30 and outside our bedroom door calling for Grandma.

Oh, and we had the baby in bed with us last night from about 11:30 to 4:30. He's been fussy and Nancy finally took him so Rose could get some sleep. I never even noticed I was so sound asleep. Now its breakfast and getting the old ones off to school. Can't remember it being this busy but it must have been.

We usually do our photography on the trail or when traveling and on the trail we wander along, one of us stopping and the other going on and then the other wandering on when finished. If we're in the car I'm usually finished first and then just sit and wait for Nancy who takes many more photos than I do.

When she got her first DSLR she came back with thousands of photos, forty or fifty of each and couldn't figure out why they were so much alike. Didn't realize that when you hold the shutter button down the camera keeps taking photos. She prefers her phone now, though, since she can post the photos immediately.

I suppose there's a certain amount of dysfunction in all families. Some just learn to deal with it better and those who learn to deal with their own demons, whatever they may be, and deal with them early on are best off and less of a threat to others. But it's so easy to ignore your own problems and blame everything on others.

Need a quiet day and the cold and snow are an inducement to stay indoors and do as little as possible. It's quieter, too, when the older ones leave for school, but first the chaos of breakfast and of getting them off in a flurry of lost papers, overdue library books, snow clothes, lunches, backpacks and whatever else has to go with them.

Enjoying the grandkids, though. I said to one of the twins this morning, "you are my sunshine," and his response was, "I am your sunshine; you are my sunshine." That kind of makes it all worth while, though they are constantly getting into something or other. They are not double trouble but quadruple trouble.

One of the other kids has a toy with foam darts and the twinners, as they're called here bite the ends off of every dart they can find to the accompaniment of wails from their owner who left them lying around and who is really to blame, having been told repeatedly to pick them up and who didn't do as he was told.

That had better be it for now. I'll be back to comment on a couple more photos later when the breakfast circus is packed up again.

Back once more. Wanted to add to the comment on these photos. The two panoramas are superb, especially the first with the pier leading the eye into the photo, and Steve with his camera is a delight. Makes me want to go there again, but if we do it'll be a while before it happens - too much else on the agenda.
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club
...long time ago I was there, I'll never forget the gentle people I met...belated HFF...
5 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Magnifique série d'une belle visite de bel endroit .
Bonne semaine .
5 months ago. Edited 5 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A super narrative as always Janet................and a delight set of images to accompany it. It sounds and looks as if you had a wonderful day trip!

I'll try to catch up on the photos I've missed in due course............at the moment I'm just trying to make a short of comment on at least one of everyone's photos. I'm still not totally comfortable sitting at my computer for any length of time, so I'm taking thing slowly at the moment.
5 months ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
excellent reportage*******************
5 months ago.

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