hell, i earned it. we climbed a (smallish but steepish) mountain, got lost coming AND going, were overtaken by a family with 4 tiny children, a baby and a fragile looking old lady (on account of getting lost and, instead of taking the wide path, scrambling up the sheer cliff hanging on for dear life to clumps of grass and swearing uproariously (me, not mister monkey, he takes vertical climbs in stride. i, on the other hand, do not: just ask cher monsieur antoine.))
we saw a bit of the island today: ladysmith, chemainus, duncan and that mountain. saw signs to watch for in the future (wineries! lots!), visited a farm stand where they had apples i have never even heard of and fresh, homemade PIE! (i cannot help myself, each time i say it i say it with a deep southern accent really really loudly, like this: PIE!!!) and candied local salmon which was very very delicious and made our fingers smell fishy. this looks like the place to be, if you can ignore the clear cuts and the sheer bloodymindedness of overenthusiastic developers who see the untrammeled wildness of the rainforest and dream of the boredom of civilized lawns.
overall a good day. would have been better if there was a couch to lounge on and music to listen to, but that is coming soon enough. we are grasping now what it is that we have been missing for the better part of the last 5 years, what with one reno and then another: life. we think we like it.