Here you go J.
A black bear and her cub. We were driving down the highway ( two lane, twisty and very slow ) when I caught sight of the large bear in the corner of my eye as she walked slowly down a gravel side road.
When I mentioned it to Paul, he checked for traffic and backed up so he could have a look . When we got back we noticed the cub. The mother stopped, looked at us and headed them both into the bush. I was using my full telephoto and did not leave the car or try to drive closer.
A bit later we noticed several cars pulled over at the side of the road and people standing at the base of a hill. There was a bear part way up feeding on berries. Again we did not get out of the car. Black bears are fast, if it had decided to charge there is no way everyone would have made it back to their vehicles. They put out lots of warnings about the dangers but some people still think the great out of doors is a theme park with tame animals.
I am quite prepared to give wildlife all the room and respect it needs.
At one of our " oh look at the view, pull over" stops there was a woman staring very intently at something on the ground. Being a nosy person I headed over. She'd found a large brown/black slug.(bigger than my thumb) I'd never seen one before so of course had to take photos. Next day at Cathedral Grove I spotted lots of them. Some well squished. Yuck!
Fungus wasn't a surprise considering the damp and shade at Cathedral Grove. I had expected to see more. It was rather pretty.
Paul spotted this resin/sap on the top of a tree stump. Some days my close ups work well.
We drove through Nanaimo to Parksville, 2 + hour drive, turned towards Port Alberni to get to our B&B in Coombs. Drove to Tofino and Ucluelet and back on day 2. We tried to have dinner in Port Alberni but it was closed, streets rolled up and deserted by 8pm. Luckily we found a pizza restaurant in a mall off the highway.
We drove back 15km towards Port A. the next morning to Cathedral Grove and had a nice stop in Nanaimo on the way back to Victoria.
If you look to the Pacific side short way up from Victoria, you should spot Port Renfrew where we visited Botanical Beach