As has seem to become the case, we had "another" trip we had to do first. We quit skiing April 17th, then had to run to Victoria for a weekend for a 75th birthday celebration of a dear friend of Karen's that she has known for 40 years.
We left Saturday, April 30th, driving 11.5 hrs to Vancouver, and overnighting with my little sister (whom I have not seen in about 8 years). While it was kinda ugly, raining and almost snowing when we left home, it was basically blue sky once we hit Golden, and stayed that way for the next 4 days. Aside from a wild goose chase caused by someone mucking with GasBuddy's gas prices, the drive was uneventful -- until we hit Vancouver, when our GPS took us to a bridge that had closed the previous day for repairs, leaving us very confused for a short while.
After overnighting with my sis, we had a very early start on Sunday to catch the ferry to Vancouver Island. When I lived on the island, I always liked the ferry ride itself, but the process or catching the ferry was never fun.
|The Deltaport Coal Terminal from the ferry|
|An osprey flew by|
|A dramatic shot of the funnel|
|Another ferry sails by|
|Ships passing in the Active Passage|
|A whale watching boat, out watching...|
|The classic view of the islands|
|The south tip of Saltspring Island. I used to tidepool there|
|A sailboat motors with Mt. Baker in the background. Do sailboats ever sail?|
|A great blue heron|
|A solo kayaker|
|My heron in flight|
|A crab. It was dead, but still cute|
|My heron alights|
|Karen on the left in red, the guest of honour behind her in green|
The next morning, it was time to reverse the process and drive home. We caught the 11 AM ferry back to the mainland again.
|The little ferry heads to Saltspring|
|Two ferries in the Active Passage|
|Chasing each other down|
|Two sailboats motor out of the chop in the Active Passage and into the straight|
|Racing another ferry in to the terminal|
|Mt. Baker, even closer|
|Approaching the summit. Cool rock slabs.|
|I've been there...|
|The restaurant, just opened for lunch at 1 PM|
|Just one of 3 courses|
|Around the corner|
|About a block away|
|Looking up the street|
|Looking down the street|
Oh, and we're going to nap, too, having been awake about 28 straight hours so far.
FYI: Wine & beer is mind-bogglingly cheap here. Beer is €0.35 - €0.55 per can in a grocery story. Wine can be had for €0.85 a bottle, with lots and lots and lots of wine available for around €2.50, and the REALLY good stuff I buy at home for $17 available at €4.50. My liquor bill just dropped dramatically.