Thursday, May 24, 2007
Monday morning we boarded the train which was packed since it was the last day of the long weekend and there were a whole lot of Train Geeks taking a ride to Qualicum Beach. I bet once we got off the rest of the people on the train were happy!
We toured around Qualicum Beach and visited a few layouts and then headed off to Parksville to look at some more. We were really impressed with all the layouts we saw this weekend. Thanks to everyone who opened up their homes and yards for us!
We re-boarded the train in Parksville and headed back to Victoria to have dinner and get packed up to leave early the next morning.
Saturday morning, I headed out to Buchart Gardens followed by Hatley Park while Jon went to Victoria Shops. You weren't allowed to take pictures at the Shops, but I took lots at the Gardens. It rained all day and poured in the afternoon. They provided umbrellas at Buchart, but not at Hatley Park.
You can check out the Buchart Gardens at http://www.buchartgardens.com
Hatley Park is located at Royal Roads University you can check it out at http://www.hatleypark.ca
The campus is basically set on a large circle, so I set about to find the gardens. I stopped in for a quick visit with the Chilliwack group while they were setting up for the show on Sunday and then I continued on my way to find the gardens. It was raining off and on, but not too bad and the $20.00 jacket from The Nut Man kept me fairly dry. The gardens are amazing and well worth the treck in the rain. I wandered around, took lots of photos and then once it started to really rain, I decided to head back to the dorms. I took a 'short cut'. Once I finally got onto the ring road I had to pull out my map to figure out where I was and where I had to go. Not to worry, I wasn't far off course.
Oh yeah, as you will see they named a plant after me, although again they spelled my name wrong!
Once back at the University Jon went to partake in a few clinics and I got a chance to explore the Campus. There are rabbits everywhere. One night 27 of them were counted in just two small grassy sections. And there are blooming rhododendrons and azaleas everywhere. Look at the size of the blooms.
We stayed in room 308 in the Margret Newton building on an all girls floor. They had to make accomodations for all the men on the floor.