Arbutus Ridge Golf Course - A must do....

Today we played a round of golf at Arbutus Ridge Golf Course. The course was in great shape, the staff were very helpful and friendly, the weather was near perfect, our game....well that is another story.

We had a great time and enjoyed the course immensely. It is very scenic and every hole is different. It is not a difficult course, but it is also not easy either. We have been here a number of times before and recommend it to you. Give it a will be pleased. It is close to Duncan and about 30 minutes north of Victoria.

Smoked Out in Cowichan Bay

Today we were golfing at the beautiful Arbutus Ridge Golf Course. After we were done, we headed for Cowichan Bay because the Rock Cod Cafe serves the best fish and chips in the country. We were early for dinner, so we went to the Bay Pub.

This is a great place to relax, soak in one of the valley's excellent ocean views, and savour some pub style tummy pleasers. It is also a great place to get smoked out.

Two years ago I was there and did a follow up with the owner/manager. You see, they allow smoking on their outer deck. There is about half of it reserved for non-smokers and the other half is reserved for smokers and according to the waitress, they are visited often by inspectors who indicate that this smoking area is OK....

Well, as far as I know, it is illegal to smoke in bars/pubs indoors and on outdoor patios. The last time we were inside and the doors were open and the smoke drifted inside. This time, we were outside and when the smokers arrived, the breeze was blowing our way, and we simply had to leave. Not sure why this place is allowed to operate this way?

The Fish and Chips at the Rock Cod Cafe made up for the bad end to our beer at the Bay Pub.

Sooke Potholes - the best of the West Coast Watering Holes!

The Sooke Potholes are beautiful, polished rock formations carved into the natural bedrock of the Sooke River by ancient glacial activity. The river water is bright aqua-green, and cascades down through waterfalls into deep crystal-clear pools - a perfect place to cool off, rest, and regenerate in the summer months - especially during this gorgeous heat wave we've been having!

It's a very popular place with the locals, too - so be sure to come early to find the best spot, and bring a picnic lunch with you. Hiking can be a bit tricky with steep inclines to navigate and slippery river rocks, so good footwear is a must. Children should be well attended to, and diving is not advised.

Directions: From Douglas Street in Victoria, travel west on Trans-Canada Hwy 1 towards the West Shore. Take Colwood exit 10 and travel for about 30 min on Sooke Road (Hwy 14). Keep on the lookout for Winks Convenience Store on the right (just past Edward Milne Community School) - Sooke River Rd is just beyond it (you may want to stop at Wink's for ice cream, or make a plan to come back here at the end of the day - we sure did!)

At Winks, turn right onto Sooke River Rd and drive for another 5 km - straight to the first parking lot. If you'd prefer to park for free, stay here, but if you don't mind paying $2.50 for the day (bring change), proceed to the 3rd parking lot and follow the map trails to find the first set of Potholes.

Enjoy - maybe we'll see you there next Sunday!

Time to take some advice.....

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." Cicero - 55 BC

What have we learned in 400 generations (2066 years.)? Comon boys, about time you took the advice of those who came before you....they knew something...obviously.

Thanks to my good friend Roy Vickers for passing this quote along to is so now!

Magic Show Last Show of the Summer Aug 19th

For a great magic show, head out to the Victoria Conference Center Next Friday and watch Murray Hatfield spin his magic web in front of your eyes. This show is amazing. See you at the show! Click Here to seea sample of Murray and Teressa in action.

August 19, 2011 An Incredible Evening of Magic Victoria Conference Centre Theatre

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