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Day 88 - Day 90: July 12 - July 13, 2012

Union Bay and Nanaimo


On the last day of the cow show, we were anxious to hit the road toward Union Bay to meet up with Christine and Alycia- Emma A.’s friends from University. Before we left for our summer adventure we had arranged with Christine to meet up and then hit Tofino to go surfing and whale watching!

Gerry has never been so packed!

We were up and at em’ early the next day to start our wild adventures with bunjee jumping in Nanaimo. During the planning process of this trip, we had a list of things that we absolutely wanted to accomplish throughout the summer, and we rated them with a star system. We rated bunjee jumping with 5/5 stars, and considered it to be one of the most extreme things we would do all summer long! So while we drove toward Nanaimo with the other two girls in the back seat, we were nervous and excited, and couldn’t seem to convince them to do the jump with us. When we arrived at Wild Play Adventures in Nanaimo, Emma A. warmed up with a shot of Jagermeister in the parking lot, strapped on our running shoes, and signed our lives away on liability waivers....that was comforting. We were the only brave ones in the park that day, everybody else was zip lining and climbing in the high ropes- soft! We decided that Emma A. should take the plunge first, because we were worried that if she saw Emma M. jump, she would get too scared and back out! It took no longer than five minutes to get our feet strapped into the bunjee system and walk to the edge of the bridge 150 ft above the river. We asked if it was possible to get our heads dunked in the water at the bottom of our jump- so they adjusted our cords to give us some more slack! Emma A. was shaking so badly before she jumped, that the guide at the top had to help tip her off the edge- this was after she threatened that her dad would hunt them down if she died, and that she wanted Michael Jackson playing at her funeral. She screamed all all the down, got dunked as deep as her chest, screamed all the way back up, and even received a round of applause from the audience that had developed at the viewing area- too funny! After getting unhooked, she ran back to top to offer moral support to Emma M, who didn’t seem to need it at all....she had no problem diving off the edge toward the water. Christine and Alycia got good photo evidence of the whole event, and we had a blast talking and laughing about it once it was all over! Take note, bunjee jumping is a huge thrill, and we totally recommend finding a place to go that you can jump strapped from your feet (as opposed to your waist) and get a head dunk!

Emma A. jumps!

Emma M. jumps!

After the bunjee jump, we headed toward the town to do some exploring and check off another one of our must-dos....eat a Nanaimo bar in Nanaimo! This quickly turned into a fun competition, in which we all picked a spot to buy a Nanaimo bar and then later split them all to vote on the tastiest one. We ended up going on a big hunt around town, gathering four different variations of Nanaimo bars- one traditional, one peanut butter, one in the form of a cup cake, and the last deep fried and served with ice cream. We couldn’t decide which one was the best- they were all so delicious and different!

The start of the hunt for the perfect Nanaimo bar


Alycia testing them out

Nanaimo bar cupcake, oh my goodness!

Christine taste testing

I don't think we liked them....

Our lunch consisting of Nanaimo bars filled us up and we spent the rest of the day collecting supplies for our camping trip in Tofino! Look out Surf Junction, here we come!

Posted by mcmillanallen 17:57 Archived in Canada

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