Cycling the Galloping Goose trail

June 27, 2010

This morning we said good bye to two energetic guests who have been with us for two nights.  They had a wonderful experience here on Vancouver Island as their adventure went a little like this. 

Two days ago  they boarded the B.C. Ferry at Tswassen bound for Swartz Bay as “cycle- ons”–fully equipped with the saddle bags, rain gear, water, snacks etc.  On arrival at Swartz Bay they embarked on the Penninsula section of the trail called Lochside Trail, followed it into Victoria, thru Esquimalt and on to the Goose which meanders westward thru several municipalities and into the very rural and pastoral Metchosin, then on to Sooke.  They exited the trail at Gillespie road, climbed the hill to Highway 14 and came on to us on Connie Road. 

 Their trip from Swartz Bay to us was a good 41/2 hours including a couple of rest stops.

After a well deserved soak in their private hot tub at Honeysuckle Cottage–and a nap–they were able to walk the 1/4 K to our local pub, Seventeen Mile House for an equally well deserved glass of wine and a nicely prepared dinner. 

On the 2nd day they continued on the Goose, going further west to Leechtown in the hills of Sooke and back. 

The Galloping Goose trail originally was a narrow gauge railway, built at the turn of the 19th century to facilitate the Gold Rush of the time.  Now, it is a wonderful cinder paved (in the rural areas) wide trail for cylers, walkers, runner and the horsey set as well. 

Our guest told us it was a weekend well worth doing–a good bit of exersize, some relaxation, good food and a complete change from the workaday week.

If you would like to know more about the Galloping Goose Trail, just go to the following website:

Happy Cycling

Our neighbourhood feathered friend

June 27, 2010

This morning, while preparing breakfast for our guests Sally looked out of our dining room window to see a beautiful male peacock standing on the deck with beak pressed to the window, looking back at us.  Now, this is an unusual breakfast guest.  A little later, while returning from opening the driveway gate for the day, I had to walk around the house to get in as the peacock was standing right at the back door–waiting to come in??????

Well , I guess some mornings are a little more eventful than others. 

Markham House is rated

4½ stars by Canada Select and is known as one of the best places to stay in the Sooke Region. Our small resort B & B offers a tranquil and secluded oasis in the country side of Sooke, BC. You will enjoy our private 10 acres of gardens and natural forest.

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We are just 30 minutes west of the capital city of  Victoria, BC with it's arts, culture, museums (Royal B.C. Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Maritime Museum), shopping and fine restaurants in both Sooke and Victoria, BC. The waterfront of Victoria is alive with marine activities, float planes to Vancouver, two International Ferries (the Coho and the Clipper), marinas, whale watching, and kayaking.

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Sooke, British Columbia
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