Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On Gabriola

For our last summer trip we went to Gabriola Island for the weekend. I've been going to the island almost every summer since I was a child. However, it had been 4 years since I had been back. I love it there. We all were relaxed and happy. April slept better on this trip than on any other trip we have ever taken with her.
The first day was hot and sunny. We visited the local farmers market, played at Sandwell Park, took a swim in the pool at our resort, ate gluten-free pizza on the lawn looking out at the ocean and watched the sun go down from the beach.
The next day was not very sunny but we still managed to visit two more beaches. We collected a lot of shells, interesting rocks and watched the many birds that call these shores home. April is so content just playing by the water and collecting treasures in her little bucket. We also visited some local farms and artisans (tie dye was a hit!). My husband has family on Gabriola Island so we were lucky to have a nice dinner in their beautiful home and catch up with relatives.
Our last day was sunny again. We took a quick drive around the island, walked along a path I have never visited before, collected leaves and gazed at the starfish and jellyfish living at the pier. After a nice, short ferry ride home, we stopped at a couple more shops and attractions on the drive home.
We all came home calm and smiling. What a wonderful way to end the summer. Gabriola will definitely be a place we visit again and again.

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