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Tue, 26 Aug 2014
day 10 in mountie-land, (0 comments)
this day, day ten, started with a breakfast in the bed & breakfast. we talked with rocco, an italian guy running it. he told us, that years ago in this area there were purple starfish all over the beach - that's why he has chosen the name for the b&b. but nowadays the starfish have almost disappeared or you can only find parts of the starfish, as if they are dissolved or fallen apart. too bad, as we wanted to see some. yet, despite the bad news, we tried our luck at the miracle beach[01-27] provincial park, that is near campbell river. and besides tiny crabs, mussels, shells of dead crabs, a heron, loads of seagulls, large bull kelps, and much more, we really did not find a single purple starfish. too sad.
after a little bit of driving we decided to take a break at the hoomak lake[27-38] rest area, where we spotted a cute steller's jay[34-38].
then a little more driving, until we finally arrived at port mc-neill, where we checked in at the dalewood inn. the homepage of the hotel promised a nice sushi restaurant right next to it, and that is what we were longing for the whole drive long - fresh fish. but port mcneill seemed like a ghost town - reason was, that there was no electricity in town. actually, there was no electricity in the whole northern part of vancouver islands. wow, now that was surprising. no electricity meant no restaurant, no shops, no credit card machine to pay the hotel, no hot water, no coffee, no tv, no internet. one of those moments that remind you how much you depend on electricity. but the guy at the reception said it was a transformer change, scheduled until 20:00 o'clock. so we took a long stroll to the nearby harbour park[39-94] and watched the sun set, while loads of seagulls and ravens[50-73] were loudly fighting over gutted fish that the local fishers dumped there. since there was not much to see besides the birds, we returned to the hotel.
by 20:30 o'clock there was still no electricity, and it started to get dark. and darker. and even darker. and finally it was totally dark. at around 22:00 o'clock we decided to call it a day, get some sleep, and hoped that it might be fixed until tomorrow morning, since there was not much we could do about it anyway. track for day 10.

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