So we’ve been in the same place for over a week now and it’s about time I told you about it. We are staying in Maple Bay and this place is absolutely gorgeous! It’s a sleepy little hamlet that has a small convenience store, Scottish pub, a liquor store and a lot of older houses that are hidden in the trees on the hills. What makes this place so amazing is the landscape! Everything here seems so big! Whether it’s the pines or the maples everything grows taller and bigger than back on Ontario. The mountains and waterfront just add to the beauty. Most mornings there is fog circling the mountains and the tops of the trees and there are trails all over the place! Most of them go straight up and down and make you want to laugh just thinking about hiking them. Other than a few dog walks I have mostly stuck to walking the roads (which also have steep ups and downs) but as soon as I get used to all the extra cardio I will be in the trails. The air is different here. It’s heavy with moisture making it harder for me to breathe. I’ve plugged in our little electric heater to help dry out the air and have left the propane furnace untouched. It’s not cold here but the dampness makes it seem cold. I hope I get used to it! Duncan is the closest town and it is maybe a ten minute drive from here. It has everything I need except for a MEC store (that’s in Victoria). We arrived here at the beginning of the rainy season. We’ve been warned that it will rain every single day now until the beginning of April. So far it hasn’t been that bad. It rained this morning but it’s not raining right now. I’m looking forward to exploring the island. I’d like our first little trip to be to the Cathedral Forest and on to Tofino but I’m willing to wait for a nice day. In the meantime I have just been exploring locally by foot getting used to the windy roads and seeing where they lead.