We had a lovely expotition. We drove to Metchosin, which lies west and a little south of Victoria, just along the coast.
First we went to Witty's Lagoon
You hike down through lovely, open woodland to this beach, which is probably the best one close in (there are wilder and more spectacular ones about an hour's drive further west). The tide was a long way out, and I walked barefoot in the sand for the first time this year.
So did Robinson, though it was not such a novelty for him.
Then, we went into the village of Metchosin, where I discovered a farmer's market and bought FRESH LOCAL ASPARAGUS!!!!!!! What an amazing treat, one that I'm going to enjoy with my roast chicken tonight for dinner.
I also bought a large chocolate chip and peanut cookie to supplement my picnic lunch.
After that, we drove out to East Sooke Park, where we went for another brief hike and stopped for a picnic of hard boiled egg and watermelon for me (plus my cookie) and dog biscuits for Robinson. We walked fairly slowly back, and thence home, where the Highland Games are still going on, but Robinson is so tired he doesn't seem to mind the noise. I've been uploading pictures to Flickr, and will shortly go and put my chicken in the oven before having a nice warm bath and a drink of something cheering before dinner.