Cross Canada Trekking - Part 19 [Don't be a prick - just hit up Vic! πŸ‘Έ ]

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Ah yes, the beautiful city of Victoria. One does not simply visit Vancouver Island or "The Island" without seeing Victoria. For most, it's actually the way they get to the island, as the large Swartz Bay terminal is nearby to Victoria. However, we didn't go to the Swartz Bay Terminal, we went to the Crofton Terminal from Salt Spring, which was much closer and fitted our schedule better. Let me just say that re-living all these names is really making me wish to be back and re-live some more of the adventure. To be on the road again. I was just recently watching some motivational video talking about how many people choose to live a life of relative safety, but that's not really a life lived. A life of adventure and service is much more memorable in the long run! This was our second day on the island. We unhooked the trailer and headed down South to see Victoria in all her glory. Victoria has a fair bit of history as well as being the legislative seat for BC which i surprising considering that Vancouver is so much bigger and not only that but on the mainland and not requiring some ferry to get to. It really is a beautiful city, offering spectacular views of Oceans, Mountains, amazing old architechture, nice parks and generally has a pretty good vibe with lots of various activities and attractions. This was the second time I was here, I was slightly familiar with the place but not really. I only recognized one place, this market square with a vegan restaurant. I also stopped at MEC, this store which used to be a Co-operative but went into financial troubles and eventually during the pandemic MEC was sold and went from being Mountain Equipment Co-Operative to Mountain Equipment Company. Seeing the actual re-branding on the store sign was a bit of a bummer, like it was real all of a sudden. For many people, MEC had been a sort of Canadian Icon people were proud to shop at and support and while they still have lots of great outdoor products and offer nice value in terms of the stuff they stock, it feels like you are just supporting some type of faceless mega-corporation now, it kind of feels like everything is going that way sometimes.


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Moss creeps up trees like a sloth



Stopped side of highway hidden forestrial terrestrial earthly pathways with some ferns to mark the way



Trees were much hairier on this side of the country



green liquiosis pool



Kelp Barnacles and Rocks and Bricks



Boats be here to stay



ah yes nothing like a stroll to look at them sea vessel



which distribution



porthole



seafarers



outboard



shops along the pier



fragrant bush



kitty hides in the urban wilds



the light was brighter



out with Kaya



most women have to walk this street monthly



wau what a fountain



parliament



parliament2



govern the unwilling




empress



subdued



shoes abandoned, why who knew



hydration station



the sidewalks and shops



vicstreets



long walk/short dock



minnow station



sunny daze



bollards be like luminescent shrooms



L'OCEAN



FLEUR



It's 4x the park than anything you've ever seen



Always walking the dogestylers



our ocean cab



fish barf and bathe in their own vomit



this bird observes



find the truth


Our Vic Excursion had come to a close



In the distance



The vax wars raged on on the side of the highway



OVERKASST



Spruce on the cliff



Snail Highway


thank you for stopppin by!



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Such a wonderful adventure, I love the boat. After the tour, I can relax in the boat for a cruise.

Fleur is a beautiful flower and Kaya is so amazing.
All pictures are high quality, I love them all

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this is very good, I really like the beauty of a city like this

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Thank you, yes it is a very vibrant city indeed 😎 Quite a lot to see if you can visit one day!

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Those are beautiful photos I love the definition of the photos. Can I ask you what camera you use?

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Hi @malos10 thank you very much. I am using a Canon 5d mk4 and a canon 24-105 f4 IS lens, a few at the start of the post where with the canon 85mm 1.2 II lens sometimes I have other lenses. Maybe I will consider puting exif info back in my posts one day but anytime I am happy to answer questions πŸ™‚ Oh and I think shooting in raw makes a big difference with the quality of the end pictures no matter what camera you are using 😎

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Thanks you really much ,i have a kind of old camera, canon t3i , i was thinking to save some money and update to a new one but they are expensive.... i do research and for saviing money i could just buy a new lens... i have to buy a 50mm one for portraits

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For sure, I miss the 50mm 'plastic fantastic' canon 1.8 lens... one time I forgot to close and when i picked up the bag the camera fell out and the lens broke, not surprising because it's so light which is really nice most of the time. But yes I definitely miss it since that happened. Ah well, whatever you have just important to keep taking the pics! πŸ˜‰

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Oooohhh noo that is just sad to read and worse to live... a bad way to lose 250$ and the utily that lens have is just good!

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Haha that's funny. What's crazy is technically it still kind of worked, just the front element that focuses fell out, none of the glass broke. You could just like 'free lens' with the front element all loose and floating but of course it would fall back out as soon as you didn't hold it there. I tried playing around with taking pictures with this 'strange' lens where you could shift the front element around kind of like one of those lensbaby effect lenses or something but really the effect with it was very 'bland' and I got bored of keeping this broken lens and discarded it. So yeah, a waste of money for sure! Now we are seeing dissapear the days of all these EOS lenses being sold, so it will be only the used market from now on soon enough.

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How unfortunate my friend... dont you have plans to buy it again?

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I definitely would consider it, but also the 50mm f1.4 or even the 50mm f1.2 would be nice as well. I have the 85 1.2 and it's amazing and can imagine the 50 1.2 would be similar, as well the low light shooting with those is always awesome.

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How beautiful is your friendly country besides having such great natural landscapes, when you say that in that part of the country the trees are hairier. In addition to all the photographs, the one I like the most is the one of the fountain with the fish

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I really like nature and living there I would be very happy with dirt roads, beautiful trees that adorn the road, added to the present Ocean makes Canada a beautiful place to visit and enjoy all the benefits that nature offers us

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Thank you @ferod23, there is definitely a lot to see here! I would love to see Venezuela as well if things could work out one day 🀞

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of course yes friend you are welcome to visit us whenever you want and to enjoy a climate very different from that of your country Canada

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πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŽπŸ€™ aloha,

shame to hear about the MEC.. it happens way too often nowadays.. :(

GO KAYA! :)

That boat (yaht?) was sic.. that design on the side! πŸ‘

luv the hairy, slothlike moss..

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Yeah tell me about it, it happens with a lot of things and businesses. Kaya is for sure a cool companion haha. And yes the design on the boat was very nice, I thought so as well, some nice native artwork on that one of the local people. Their history goes back very very very far and of course art is a part of that. Have a great day @chinito

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πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŽπŸ€™

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These are pictures are very very beautiful and environment is also very nice when i see this photo i feel so happy and remember when i was little i sat the simple boat and that was very funny moments for me. Really this city is very beautiful i like everything. Thanks for sharing this.Have great day.

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Thanks a lot @priyya I really appreciate you stopping by. Hope you have a great day as well 😎

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This seems to be a very interesting place, I hope I can visit sometime in the future. Seeing and sharing places like this is why I love traveling and make videos so much! And please keep up the great job! 😍

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@ykdesign Oh yeah it's a really cool city, tons of character everywhere you go. Also pretty nice and clean for the most part. I am going to be getting into video moreso soon 😎 Have a great day @ykdesign

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