Wednesday, October 17, 2007

West Coast

Painting of Middle Beach ( Tofino) by Robert Genn
We're back from our 11-day excursion to Victoria and Tofino on Canada's stunning west coast!

I will write and post photos soon, once I have a chance to download and edit, etc. Unfortunately, I don't have time for many posts the next few weeks. I'm taking an Environmental Management course (which started in early Sept.) and the workload is heavy...about 6 hours of reading a week, several assignments and three exams. I've already handed in one assignment and have a mid-term tomorrow. Plus I have two more quizzes, an essay, and a group project due at the end of November. And did I mention, I have a hectic job? How do you people survive with kids??

The vacation was PERFECT. The best ever, I think. I've never felt so relaxed and totally forgot all my cares. I slept like a baby and didn't have a single headache until 2 days before our return. Our room overlooking the ocean was magnifique! The west coast weather and fall foliage was stunning, the lodge was pure heaven, and the shops, restaurants, and art were all perfect! The photography, paintings, and Native Art (on display at many area lodges and shops) was so inspiring.

I had so many insights during my trip, thanks to having time to rest and walk and sleep and just think! Being on a narrow peninsula with ocean everywhere (including right outside your window) and a lush rainforest surrounding you totally re-hydrates the soul! I had so many epiphanies about myself, who I am, what I want from my life and career, my hobbies, and the potential for all these things.

Oh, and I fell even more in love with West Coast decor - the sweeping wood architecture, the giant windows, the stone and dark colours, the modern, clean, polished but rustic much to talk about.

I will post soon! I miss you all and will be lurking on your blogs probably more than I'll be posting the next few weeks. I like to hit my favorite sites for a quick break even if I don't have time to write much myself. See you soon, Terri


  1. I am sooooooo glad you are back, Terri! And soooooo excited you had such a restful, insightful trip! I am looking forward to soaking in all you discovered on your journey!


  2. Sounds like a wonderful place to go , I need to experience that someday .
    Thank you for your comments on my blog, email me any time I will give you any helpful advice I can I will try to do a post about trim very soon,
    Be well,

  3. Welcome Home!

    How wonderful that your vacation restored your spirit.

  4. I love the it a re-touched photograph or a painting?

    good to have you back

  5. Hi Terri,
    I just discovered that you were home while stopping by at Melissa's!!
    I am happy to hear that you had such a marvelous time!!
    Soon I will be opening my own blogspot.
    I will be offering vintage clothing for sale. I hope you will stop by and say Hi!!
    Something I said to you about being an author and blog-a-licious!


  6. I so understand how you feel about the west coast (the real west coast, the edge of the world). Those beaches some how heal your soul from the heels up.

    Glad to hear there was a respite from those headaches.

    xo, a

  7. I am really pleased that you enjoyed your trip and came back feeling rested and refreshed.

    Racheal x

  8. Hi Terri,
    Please stop by and play the "waiting game" with me.
    Hope you are having a super Sunday.
    Holly x

  9. So jealous of your wonderful trip :-) So relaxing and much-needed, I'm sure! Glad you're home safe!

  10. I love the work of Robert Genn and have had the great honor of comissioning him to do Corporate art work for a job that was installed in Edmonton. He is a very talented man. Thanks for posting this picture of his.

  11. Hi Terri, I found my way over here via Joanna on her life in a nutshell.
    My sister and BIL took the same trip from Victoria to Tofino last spring and simply loved it. They can't wait to go back. I'm so glad that the headaches didn't get in the way of a good excursion.

  12. I found your blog quite by accident and am enjoying your postings, as well as Patricia Gray's blog. LOVE her work!! We are new to Canada, from the US, and I have now started my own blog on here, to keep in touch with friends and family and share my adventures of living in a new country. We are in East Sooke, on the Island, so maybe you might get some enjoyment from it also, seeing that you had such a wonderful vacation on the Island.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and life and I look forward to many more interesting posts from you!!


  13. Great blog! Super inspiring. :) I would just like to point out that the painting which has been credited to Robert Genn, I don't believe, is actually done by Robert Genn. The signature isn't his, and the style is not either. It's still beautiful though! :)