My sister decided to kidnap me and take me "up island" from Victoria to the tsunami hazard zone. From what I've been reading in the Vancouver papers lately, it would seem that pretty much all of the island's west coast is a tsunami-waiting-to-happen zone, but this particular area has posted signs.
Something else that I wasn't expecting was...(wait for it!...)
Snow!!! (I hear you easterners laughing up your sleeves!)
I have to admit, though, that being whisked away on an impromptu camping trip proved to be not that much of a hardship.
My sister likes comfort. I feel very comfortable with my sister.
I also have to confess that there had been a lot of rain en route...a lot of rain...rain that only the west coast knows how to whip up. But when we arrived at our lodgings, the weather had calmed and we enjoyed the view of the little harbour beside the
Appropriately, the fishing boat seen here is named "Pacific Banker." I read in the paper recently that this area is home to BC's priciest hotel and resort stays. What I don't get is why investors continue to build luxury condos and complexes in a known tsunami zone.
Do the rich and super rich believe that they're immune to disaster? Or does the risk make the venture all the more exciting?
Here's one structure at least that's not likely to be swept out to sea when (and it is a matter of "when," not "if") that one/two punch of earthquake/tsunami hits. Some experts say a major earthquake, even larger than the recent one in Japan, occurs every 400 to 500 years in this area and that the last one was in 1700. Other forecasts put it anytime between now and 250 years from now, while still other guesstimations say the inevitable is long overdue.
But the sea views are quite spectacular, and the natural beauty of the place awe-inspiring, so it is perhaps understandable why people are willing to take their chances to live or vacation here.
Reflecting on the beauty.
Moody sky, tumultuous ocean, unexpected colours highlighted by rain.
I'll wave goodbye to you for now, but I'll be back soon to continue our little trip "up island."