To tell the truth, I haven't ever swum in the ocean before, or at least not in my adult years (I might have once or twice during trips with my parents to White Rock, as a child). It's amazingly buouyant and, where we went, quite surprisingly warm. The best beach is across the island, apparently - a bus will take you, which we missed - but there's a good one just a short walk up the hill, turning right from the ferry (the first beach you come to is closed, apparently, due to bacterial blooms or such, but a little further up, and then down a steep hill, there's a lovely swimming spot; the visitor's centre can give you better directions). Bring towels and water-friendly footwear, because the beach is really pebbly.
Anyhow, I haven't much to say about the experience: we went, we swam, we had a burger, and we came home. But it was lovely. So here are some photos... all I have time to do right now is post them.
Thanks are due to the dragonfly who allowed me to get right up close to take a few pictures. Totally fearless little fella!
At Horseshoe Bay (eat at Trolls!):
Fun with the hand dryer in the ferry men's room (soon to be Facebook profile pics):
The ferry trip:
The swim (Erika has pics on her phone of my first venture in, then I took my phone out to photograph her). The water WAS a little cold at first:
In which I go out to join her, and continue to be a ham:
Back on the pebbly beach, as the tide comes in:
My sandals, her swimsuit. (No change rooms):
The road back to town, plus the fearless dragonfly:
A salt water pond with many ducks (including a species we had not previously seen), dragonflies, and geese:
We'll probably go back to Bowen this summer, but I think we might not need to bring a camera next time, eh? The experience has been amply documented...!