So, once we got some more settled and upacked, we decided to go to Courtney for a Costco run. We loaded up kids and coolers and set off for a long day of stocking up on staples. We felt a bit like pioneers, you know?
Our climate is very moderate. Rainy, wet, rain forest climate, with cool summers and warm winters. So when we left town it was a nice, comfy 15 degrees. When we drove down the hill into the mid-Island (more heavily populated), more temperate climate, suddenly it was 30 degrees. I accidentally forgot this would happen so I wore pants. I got overheated, which makes me carsick. (We still don't have A/C in our van). I figured once we got to Costco I would feel better, but it was actually pretty warm and stuffy in Costco too. I almost threw up in a garbage can but managed to stick my head in the freezer and cool off just in time.
We were a spectacle in Costco. 4 kids, 2 carts, and a whacko mom with her head in the freezer.
On the way home Amarys and I demonstrated how the heat made us crazy:
Our first week here we met a number of new people. We were invited to a kid's birthday party down the street, and we went to dinner at the house of new friends from Brent's work. Brent's parents were our first overnight guests, and brought presents and helped us check out the Pentecostal church in town. I don't know why I didn't get pictures of their visit. Probably I was too busy talking.
We went to Malcolm Island on the Saturday that weekend, to check it out because it is reportedly quite beautiful and is full of interesting history. The only town on MI is Sointula, and has a population of around 800 people. The first settlement on MI was a group of Finnish socialist/communist idealists looking for a remote place to build a utopia relatively undisturbed. The museum in Sointula sports a huge, 30x40 foot painting with Lenin, the red flag, a proletariat worker, and industrialism behind and utopian Malcolm Island in front. Fascinating. You can read a bit more about it here.
While we were in Sointula, they happened to have their annual Pet Pawrade! The kids loved it. There were dogs and horses and all manner of pets, and our favourite float was a red flyer wagon with four puppies in it, and a sign on the side that said "Beware of Dangerous Animals." That was a ton of fun. There was candy and free hot dogs, and a playground with this amazing teeter-totter that went in four directions and was the shape of an airplane. Only on Sointula would you find a corporate teeter-totter designed for more than two. =)
That week, my cousin Sara came to visit with her two boys, Kaleb and Ryen. We had a fabulous visit, including a trip to nearby Telegraph Cove. Telegraph Cove is also a historically fascinating spot; it was initially a telegraph lineman's station for the North Island, and in the early 1900s became a fish saltery for catching, processing, and shipping fish to Japan. A number of Telegraph Cove's earliest inhabitants were Japanese and some of their original homes and family histories have been preserved. Logging has also long been in the Telegraph Cove area; initially to create shipping crates for the salted fish. Now it is a resort for outdoor enthusiasts, sporting bears and other wildlife:
We ate lunch there, as you can see. We also visited their Whale Museum. VERY COOL. You can read a bit more about the history of Telegraph Cove here.
Another day we went to the beach that is five minutes from our house and the boys spent the afternoon exploring the rocks and getting each other wet. Somehow I didn't get many pictures of the boys that visit either, and missed photographing Ryen altogether. Sorry, peanut.
Our beaches are very rocky. This means great crab hunting, but not so fabulous sunbathing. Which is fine. With so many kids to look after who has time for sunbathing? Seriously.
More again soon =)