Salt Spring Slasher 2014

Salt Spring Slasher 2014 ©

Continuing the craziness, the Salt Spring Slasher Downhill Race 2014 wraps up today. Reaching speeds around 85 kph the riders race down Juniper Road. Not something a parent should see…

I met my ‘first cousin once removed’ at the race. Here’s Leonardo as he wins his first heat by a large margin:

The Impossible Daytrip

Mission Hill Grounds

Well, almost impossible. You can take the Saturday early morning direct ferry to Tsawwassen. Drive the Coquihalla race track to West Kelowna and arrive by noon. Visit a few wineries and get back to Salt Spring via the evening direct ferry.

Our getaway included an overnight in West Kelowna. And we did visit Quail’s Gate (best modern architecture), Little Straw Vineyards (more our speed with great lunch and wines), and Mission Hill (best views, grounds and artwork).

Both photos are from Mission Hill.

Mission Hill Grounds

West Coast Shoreline

Port Renfrew Shoreline

West Coast Shoreline near Port Renfrew, BC

It’s possible to have a great day trip to the ‘real’ west coast by catching an early morning ferry from Vesuvius and returning to Salt Spring Island in time for dinner. It’s an interesting drive (paved all the way) and there are some great beaches to explore (at low tide).