The Magic of Vancouver Island

If you have never been to Vancouver Island, you REALLY are missing out. It is a large island meant for exploring and connecting. The cities and towns that dot the island are unique. The locals are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. The shopping is fun and kitschy. The food is a mixture of British fare/PNW flavors/Asian influence. But if that wasn’t enough–the scenery and wildlife is BREATHTAKING. I guess what I am saying is . . . GO ALREADY!!

I find my way on the island at least once a year and whenever I take someone new with me, I always have them hooked for life. So here are 5 things that I suggest doing while you are on the island.

  1. Esquimalt Lagoon
  2. Chinatown
  3. Coombs Old Country Market
  4. Cathedral Grove
  5. Seaplane Tours

Healing Waters

So keeping in line with the thoughts about self-care . . .

I seem to be hearing more and more about the benefits of caring for your self and how that helps others around you as well. (Glad that rest of the world is finally catching on). I have friends making pilgrimages to healing places in order to focus on the next phase of their lives and frankly, I find myself needing to  relax every now and then and NO–sitting in front of the TV doesn’t count. I am not a fan of being distracted. I enjoy letting all of my distractions go so I can regroup and recharge.

My whole life I have been one of those girls that wants to spend a week or more at a renowned spa anywhere in the world. I have found some pretty great places but here are 5 more on my list.

Anyone care to join me?

  1. Polynesian Spa in New Zealand 
  2. Como Shambhala in Bali 
  3. Puyuhuapi Lodge in Chile 
  4. Mountain Trek Fitness & Health Spa in British Columbia 
  5. Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas 

Spring Break Family Time

So I just got back from a mini-vacation or in my world, my spring break. I went to Utah to visit with family. It was great! I always enjoy spending time with my family. A mini get-away was exactly what my doctor should have ordered for me. But . . . sometimes I have wonderful fantasies about where I would really like to go for spring break (should time and money never be a factor). Don’t get me wrong—I love my family and I don’t mind using up my vacation time to be with them. So here is my list of spring break vacations I would like to take with my family so that I can have the best of both worlds.

  1. First trip would be with my parents and we would head to New Zealand. My Dad lived there long ago and it would be wonderful to go there with him.
  2. A camping trip would have to be made with my sister and her family to British Columbia. 
  3. Of course there would be a girl’s only trip to Hawaii. 
  4. Then a trip for the kids to Walt Disney World. 
  5. Finishing off with a trip for the whole family to Sweden so we can learn more about our heritage.