It is great to be back home even with the 7°C and rain.  While the beautiful sunshine and sunsets will be missed, I love it here.

We were driving back yesterday and as we headed north from Nanaimo we came across deep snow on the roadside.  Apparently the day before we came home there was a major winter storm on the island.  Mount Washington had 100 cm of snow in 48 hours which was twice as much as they had since November.  All along the highway there was a foot of snow and we anticipated the worst when we got home.

But with the peculiar nature of our island when we turned east from the highway into Courtenay the snow disappeared.  Obviously lots of rain over the last week so everything remains green but no snow.

We went out to replenish our food stocks.  While liquor is cheaper in Maui and gas is about $1.10 / L (adjusted) everything else is more expensive than here.

This is a surprise because we expect when we travel to the US that vegetables, milk, cheese and meat is cheaper.  But not the case in Maui.

They have a Costco near the airport in Kahlua and everyone on the island shops there because they are the only place with US mainland pricing.  But it was an hour drive from the resort where we were staying so we paid the premium.  Imagine Americans paying the same price for food as us Canadians.

Still the sunsets and the beaches were great.  Much better beaches than we have here, so I guess a fair trade