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Tiny House Escape: Pender Island

We planned to take our tent trailer over to Pender Island for a couple of nights, until we heard the forecast. When we saw it was supposed to pour rain the whole time, the thought of driving an hour west to pick up the trailer then an hour south to get on the ferry, made camping significantly less appealing.

So two days before our trip, I looked on AirBnB and found a tiny house available for rent. Like many people, our daughters are fascinated by the tiny house movement and the minimal lifestyle so it seemed like kismet that it was the only detached accommodation available.

And boy, did we have fun!! Hiking on the nearby trails, getting caught in a cloudburst, playing cards (Cheat – such a hilarious game), watching the random movies left in the tiny (Mermaids – Cher and Winona Ryder= bizarre movie), playing tetherball and just enjoying being together away from regular life.

The bridge between South and North Pender

This sign on Mt Norman cracked me up. I didn’t see at the time that someone had scratched out Steep Trail and wrote ‘falling zombies’. It was very steep, we didn’t get to the top because we were just scoping it out on our morning walk. Next time…

We love going to the playground at the community school to play tetherball. It’s the only ball sport I’ve ever enjoyed – probably because the ball’s attached! It brings back great childhood memories at the same time as creating hilarious new ones with our youngest; we end up laughing so hard we can hardly play.

Not so into tetherball. ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด

The most incredible thing that happened was that this Prairie-born girl finally saw whales on the ferry! Despite the ferry running late, the captain was kind enough to slow down when he saw the whale watching boats congregating.

After 30 years living here, never seeing whales on the ferry (off the ferry? ๐Ÿคช), I was skeptical and didn’t spend too long looking. For whatever reason, at the last minute I decided to stand on the edge of the truck so I could see over the edge of the ferry and – oh my! Humpback whales!

So small and insignificant in my little photos, but there is something so magical about the ocean and the creatures that inhabit it. When we are blessed enough to see them, even for a second, it’s an important reminder about the magic and beauty of this world, and our place in it.

So even though we were disappointed to not use the trailer (grateful after the cloudburst!!!), it ended up being a great trip in a completely different way.

Life is funny that way.

โค๏ธ Amanda

27 thoughts on “Tiny House Escape: Pender Island”

  1. I love Pender Island and have wonderful memories of spending time at a friends place there. My daughter lives off of Gabriola Island. All the gulf islands are fun. Lucky you to see the whales and experience a tiny house.

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    1. Thanks Darlene! I recently experienced Gabriola for the first time. Considering Iโ€™ve lived on Vancouver Island most of my life, itโ€™s kind of sad how few of the Gulf Islands I have visited. Trying to remedy that now, they are so special. Lucky you to have someone to go visit!

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  2. Oh wow, what a fab trip! Sometimes the best adventures can come from plans that have gone awry. I can’t believe I’ve never played tetherball, I think I’d like that too for the simplicity of not being able to lose the ball! xx

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