I'm on holiday right now - having a vacation from my retirement. I drove out to the B.C. coast, visited Salt Spring Island, Victoria, and Tofino. I loved Tofino, all wild open ocean and rainforest. I don't think I could live there, though. The climate just wouldn't suit me - I like hot summers and cold winters. When on Salt Spring, I went kayaking, and had quite a stiff back for a few days after. Being a writer of very little brain, I went kayaking in Tofino a week later. As soon as I got into the kayak to set the foot pedals I knew that this was probably not a great idea. But I persisted - the trip was wonderful, we paddled through the fog to the amazing Meares Island (famous as the site of the anti-logging protests in the '80s), toured the old growth rain forest, and then paddled back under sun and blue skys. I almost crawled out of the boat at the end and for the rest of the day my back was so bad I could barely move.
In my last post I mentioned how I hate promoting, but love the people that I meet in doing so. Case in point, I spent a great morning on Vancouver Island with Lou Allin who recently retired from teaching, upped stakes and moved from Ontario to Sooke B.C. (just outside Victoria). We went for a hike through the rainforest to the ocean; Lou packed a lunch to eat on the beach. It was a lovely day. And I wouldn't have met Lou but for doing book promotion stuff. I should mention that now that she's relocated to B.C. Lou's starting a new series, set in Fossil Bay, which just happens to be not far from Sooke. Watch out for it in 2009. What will probably be the last in Lou's Belle Palmer series, Memories are Murder
, set in her old stomping ground of Sudbury, is due out this fall.