"Autism & Memoirs of an Old Maid"…C'hele's Story

August 7, 2009

Pictures of Caela and I’s Mini Vacation

Filed under: Uncategorized — C'hele @ 23:12

Michelle on penis chair 2 (2)

I’m going to start with this picture.  We just arrived at Coombs when Michaela and I discovered a place on the side of the highway full of quaint stores with all sorts of neat, hand-made stuff.  Yep, I couldn’t help myself.  When I discovered the hand-carved penis chair (carved from one large block of wood), I had to sit on it and have my picture taken.  Needless to say, Michaela was horrified.   I noticed the red faces, pointing of fingers and whisperings of others as they passed the chair.  Michaela’s autistic mind could not make sense of the innappropriateness of the whole thing. So, I attempted to redirect the negative energy by her and others, by making it funny.  I sat on it and demanded that some one take a picture of me on it.  Its crazy, because once I sat upon it, there was a line-up of others who also wanted their picture taken with it!  Michaela still thinks I’m nuts- but she is the first one to tell people that I sat on it- all the while laughing!  My ploy worked needless to say.


parrys campsite - englishman river-Chele

This is me.  We had arrived at our first campsite and discovered that Englishman River lay beside the campsite.  Caela and I immediately headed down upon setting up our campsite.  After being up since the ungodly hour of 3 a.m., I enjoyed a nap near the water.  Caela took this picture when I woke up.  There is nothing like a sound nap induced by the movement of water. 


Mackenzie Beach near Bella Pacific Campsite

This is Mackenzie Beach that lines up with Long Beach along the Pacific Rim National Park.  We are now at our second campsite located above this beach.  The past two days were hot and sunny.  Now that we are technically in the realm of the Vancouver Island rain forest, it is much colder and very damp.  Others along the beach told me that it is not always this overcast- but its definitely not uncommon. 


Mackenzie Beach near Bella Pacific Campsite-Caela

Mackenzie Beach:  Its always nice to see Michaela having a genunine good time since most of the time her anxiety disorder gets in the way.  She was in her glory, discovering new shells and other unusual things on the beach.


Mackenzie Beach near Bella Pacific Campsite-Caela 2

Mackenzie Beach:  Michaela finding another bloody muscle shell.  I have to admit, I can see why she was interested.  They were the length of a womans hand!


Mackenzie Beach near Bella Pacific Campsite.Squid

Mckenzie Beach:  Michaela discovered a dead squid on the beach.  And then we discovered six more.  They were huge- approximately 2.5 ft. long.  When we arrived home, we discovered on the news that the day we left, there was dozens and dozens of them (along with huge sardines) lying dead upon the beach.  Marine biologists have no idea what is causing the deaths. 


Rain Forest Walk - Long Beach area 6

Rainforest trail walk, across from Long Beach (Pacific Rim National Park):  I thought the moss growing on this 500-800 year old cedar tree was interesting.


Rain Forest Walk - Long Beach area 8

Rainforest trail walk:  I think this 1,100 meter walk was one of the most interesting parts of our trip.  It felt like you were in a whole new world.  During our walk, there was a raven following us the whole way making the most eerie “popping” sounds.  No kidding.


Rain Forest Walk - Long Beach area - Caela

Rainforest trail walk:  This is Michaela being funny. 


Uquelet 2

Ucluelet, B.C.:  Ucluelet and Tofino are only a few miles apart in opposite directions on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  Ucluelet is is nestled in a small harbour to the south and Tofino is on the northern tip of the peninsula.   Despite the fact that they are close in distance to each other, it is like walking in different worlds. Ucluelet is a fishing/logging town and Tofino is full of surfers/hippie-like people.  I fell in love with both towns.


Wickininnish Beach

Wickininnish Beach:  This was my favourite beach along the Pacific Rim National Park as it was untouched by development.  Forest lined the upper part of the beach and the beach was full of interesting things.  Michaela discovered a dead sea lion in the water but my camera had run out of battery!  I definitely want to come back here one day. 


~ Travelling along the coast line was amazing and we will do it again.  I do however, have one piece of advice for anyone traveling along the west coast of Vancouver Island:  Bring clothes that accomodates various types of weather!  The last two days in the Pacific Rim area was extremely cold.  Down south, was no problem!  And, expect to possibly see bears, cougar and wolves!  Yes, we were definitely not in Kansas anymore, lol.



  1. What a great little vacation. It sounds like a wonderful time for the both of you.

    Comment by Corina — August 9, 2009 @ 14:10

    • We had a very good time and we will definitely be going again 🙂

      Comment by C'hele — August 9, 2009 @ 20:49

  2. Thats such a great post. I am glad you girls had a good time. And you both look so happy and relaxed!


    Childwoman/ Blue rain

    Comment by Childwoman — August 11, 2009 @ 14:40

    • We were both very relaxed- it was very much needed.

      Comment by C'hele — August 11, 2009 @ 17:52

  3. Great pics, C’hele! I think I am in need of another min-break! That place is gorgeous and you guys looked like you had so much fun!

    Comment by vroni1208 — August 14, 2009 @ 09:01

  4. Love the penis chair, btw! LOL! 😀

    Comment by vroni1208 — August 14, 2009 @ 09:04

  5. Enjoyed the pictures (and all of the post).

    Comment by modestypress — August 18, 2009 @ 02:14

  6. Sorry for the delay in replying MP. I was on vacation for a week, Thank you for your comment! 🙂

    Comment by C'hele — August 27, 2009 @ 08:26

  7. Thanks for sharing your vacation. I can see your minds took a vacation as well. That’s what it is all about. Also, love the penis chair. It’s so much fun to embarass the kids. 😉

    Comment by anhinga — August 31, 2009 @ 08:41

    • Hi Anhinga – my apologies in replying. Its been nuts around my household to say the least! I must say, as fun as it was, my mind could have taken a much longer vacation! lol…….

      But it was great…….

      Comment by C'hele — September 10, 2009 @ 07:41

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