Okay, before our adventures in Victoria there was very little that I knew about Vancouver Island, but I had heard of Botanical Beach. So, despite it being 2 hours away, we decided to load up and spend a day exploring the tide pools there, which were supposed to be amazing!
I'll be honest, it wasn't as cool as I had hoped. Maybe the tides were not in our favour, but I thought we had seen just as many cool things at other beaches closer to home. Still, it's always fun to spend a day out in nature with my boys. We picnicked on the beach, hung out with all the retirees that were there, and Eli found enough crabs to entertain him for a lifetime.
Okay, I'll admit, this crab was pretty cool. Bigger and prettier than any other we'd seen.
Remember the gross snotty anemones on our sea star beach? This is what they look like under water.
Eli is always so interested. It makes everything so much more exciting.
Family picture! We don't get enough of these.
Silas exploring, too.
Okay, he was way more interested in lifting this log than in the crabs.
And, on the way home, we saw not one, but TWO black bears!!! You don't see that every day, no you don't!
Okay, maybe I am wrong. Maybe Botanical Beach was super cool and I was just really tired that day. From the pictures it looks like it was pretty awesome. I guess I'll have to go back one day to decide. Maybe.