How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Penelakut to Thetis Island

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An announcement reminded foot passengers to leave the ferry first when we docked because the ferry could not dock at the exact entry due to high tide (global warming). Then vehicle passengers were announced. A city bus awaited within walking distance to transport passengers to their jobs or other destinations. Instead of a streetcar, subway, train or their own car, people actually traveled this way every day. What a way to get to work and back. I wouldn’t want to do it every day.

Mary took the elevator since we were on the second floor. Jean and I raced down the stairs and waited for the elevator door to open. A couple girls pushed the button on the deck level. Nothing. Did this mean the elevator was stuck? We waited and waited. Michael scooted to the first level looking for her. The vehicles hadn’t begun moving off yet so we had a little time. It turns out Mary hadn’t been clear which level to get off. We had a good laugh, but the important thing was we were in the van and ready to move when our turn came to exit the ferry.

No time for sightseeing. We did last minute grocery shopping in Nanaimo before stopping in Chemainus for ice cream on our way to Penelakut Island and our second ferry to Thetis Island, our destination. We waited about 20 minutes—not a long line—hoping we’d make the cut and not have to wait for another one. This time the ferry was smaller and open. The deck wasn’t full even behind us. We’d started out at 6:10 a.m. and finally arrived at our lodgings for a late lunch. A long day already.

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I had no concept how large Thetis was but it didn’t feel like an island. We passed a fenced off Bible School and a cattle farm. The houses painted in lilac, green, and butter yellow had neat and pretty yards. Around bends and curves, we wound, the muddy gravel road neither straight nor boring.

Michael, Jean’s husband, entered Overberry Resort first to register our arrival at the office and pic up a key. This is the entrance.

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The building is divided into thirds. Our side offered three bedrooms, a kitchen and a bath (our lodgings). The entrance way and foyer were in the middle, and the owners lived in the last third.

We had a quick lunch of assorted cheeses, crackers, pate and squash soup Jean had brought from home. Scrumptious. Afterwards, a nap seemed in order, but Jean realized the late hour and called out she and Michael had to go to the Community Center to setup for the meet-and-greet later in the evening. Whoever was available would come from the Center to pick us up for dinner.

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By 5:00 p.m. it was pitch black outside, but I spied a hydro pole as the light came on at the top of the driveway.

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Here are older Images for overbury Resort. Much reconstruction and renovations have occurred to present day.

Next on November 18th – New Year’s Eve Day and Evening

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

51 thoughts on “Penelakut to Thetis Island

  1. I’m very intrigued by this place, Tess. Looking forward to more. Have a wonder-filled weekend. Mega hugs

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  2. Nice place! Very nice trip.

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  3. Like how this is starting. Looking forward to the rest.

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    • Thanks, John. It’s quiet but did some interesting things. One of the guests at the birthday party and a close friend of Jean and her husband shared a wad of photos but sent them in 1 x 1″ size. I have some interesting stories but I need the photos and cannot use the additional ones he shared. Sigh.

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  4. I’m thinking maybe I’ll push the books a little more. it looks like I’m missing out on the fun my age should be bringing me.
    I think our age is perfect.

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    • I hadn’t wanted to travel for about 20 years, then I took a wonderful trip two or three years ago to China. Now I have the bug, but no-one to travel with except one sister. Hard to get on the same page and destination together.
      Go for it.I used to think travel was a waste of money. Not anymore. I’ll save when I must and will go when I can. 🙂
      Wonderful to read your comments. Thank you for reading.

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    • I hadn’t traveled in about 20 years and then I took a tour to China and have had a terrible itch since. Travel adds excitement, not that I feel my life is boring. I need more time to read. Going away helps. 😀

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  5. This was interesting to me especially because I have an Aunt Thetis.

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  6. Looks like a really nice place. I love the building. 🙂

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  7. You are my idol, Tess. I can’t wait to indulge the travel bug.

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  8. Look forward to hearing more Tess. Once bitten by the travel bug, the possibilities are endless!

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  9. This made me want to crawl through the computer screen and walk that path, step into those woods, sit on that couch, you have a gift for drawing us in, Tess, thank you, we need some peace this week. Hope the weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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  10. Looks haunted to me, is is a ghost story?

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  11. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I have just enjoyed breakfast with Tess Karlinski as she ferries to her destination to the Island of Thetis with her family..

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  12. I didn’t realise this was independent travel Tess, I thought it was a tour. If ever you do cross the pond it’s way cheaper to do it yourself and ther are plenty of us here who can help with travel ideas 🙂

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  13. What a special place! Thanks, Tess!

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  14. What a lovely looking place, Thanks for showing us around 🙂

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  15. OH! this looks so peaceful, love it!!

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  16. Looks so serene and quaint. I should think it’s fun to ferry around while on vacay, but for every day, hmm. 🙂 ❤

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  17. I am so envious, Tess, and so ready for an adventure – especially to such a lovely place as Thetis Island. I’m glad you had your priorities straight, like stopping for ice cream along the way 🙂

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  18. Bitten by the travel bug! This makes me smile ear to ear. Looking forward to reading more Tess.

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  19. I love ferries, Tess, and could think of no better way to begin or end a working day! But then again, I’ve never had to do it daily. The island looks a pretty place and I see in comments that this is not a tour group. Your China story really put me off an organized tour – all that rushing here and there.

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  20. I love Thetis Island and your place looks great. Can’t wait to hear more.

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  21. I like when you bring us along on your adventures! It’s true what you say about it not feeling like you’re on an Island. I’m on Vancouver Island and often forget it’s not the mainland until someone from another country says “what, you’re on an island?” Hehe 😉

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