It was my sister Jamjarjude’s birthday yesterday and boy, did we celebrate. In fact we started celebrating the night before with a pizza at our favourite pizza place, Riso’s in Lantzville, www.risofoodsinc.com where JJJ had the Marinara pizza and I had the Margharita Ultima, preceded by Cinzano Rosso with lemon and followed by delicious gelato — hazelnut, vanilla and the most ecstatic-making pistachio we’d ever tasted (so heavenly we took a pint home with us).
JJJ’s birthday dawned bright and after pressies…
…where we had the best eggs bennie I’d ever had,
Then, full of our yummy brunch, we headed off to Ladysmith to kayak!
We headed to Sealegs Kayaking, www.sealegskayaking.com …
where the personable Shea fitted us out with our lifejackets and boat shoes and showed us the fundamentals of kayak paddling, all while standing on one foot. 🙂
It was JJJ’s first time (my second), so we rented a double kayak for 2 hours to paddle around the inlet around Ladysmith. The scenery was fantastic — so different when seen up close from the water. We were followed by some curious seals who kept bobby up near the kayak and had bald eagles flying around us much of the way. This is the life, I thought. Being an Canadian is pretty ace sometimes.
We’d worked up a small appetite after our kayaking so we headed along the coast road to Chemainus for an apple and cinnamon muffin and coffee at the Utopia Bakery Cafe which is tucked behind the main street and is a real gem of a find. You can read all about it on www.tripadvisor.ca where it has excellent reviews.
Then, what to do? Oh, we found something amazing to do on the way back to Nanaimo. Part 2 tomorrow!