Nearing the end of summer, some members of my family and I made our separate ways to Vancouver Island to visit some friends and see my Great Uncle Gene. My first day on the island, I checked into the apartment of my friends Chris and Kendra who left me a key while they were in Alberta for a couple months. They had left a wonderful welcome package for the guests staying at their place during the summer, with directions and reviews for some of their favourite restaurants and cafes. I took their advice and had brunch at the Blue Fox where I had the best Eggs Benedict that I have had in my life. I then met up with my good friends Luke and Katrina who I had met in California in 2006 and then hiked the West Coast Trail with in 2008. The following morning we headed up island to meet the rest of my family near Campbell River at my Uncle Gene's house.