Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Road Trip Day 11

I'm sorry I'm late with this post, but Monday and Tuesday were busy days, and to tell you the truth, I was just too pooped to blog. But now I'll get caught up.

The plan, as you know, was to take the catamaran/ferry, The Victoria Clipper, to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, for a day of sight-seeing and a whale watch. We boarded the Clipper as planned.

Got comfortable in our just slightly roomier than airplane seats, and left on our trip.
We left the shore of the USA behind. . .

The Clipper left a pretty good trail in the water. . .

And after a two hour and thirty minute ride, we arrived in Canada. We were asked to show our passports, and we passed through customs.

As soon as we got through customs, we decided to find a place for lunch. We'd been up since 5:30 am, hadn't had much breakfast, and we were starving!

Views of the harbor were around us everywhere. We settled on a place named

Nautical Nellies for lunch. The signs and the menu promised good food, and we were hoping they weren't lying!

The decor was very attractive; lots of dark wood, the bust of a mermaid above the bar, and beautiful blue glasswear.

Lunch was terrific; Hubby had seafood chowder, and I had French onion soup; both were accompanied by a wonderful, crusty French bread. Yummy!

Then it was on to the Whale Watch. I thought it a little strange that the meeting place was 3 blocks or so from the docks, but we waited on benches to be told what was up. I assumed we were waiting for a shuttle bus to take us to the pier. Wrong. A tour guide came. . .

and gave us badges to wear arournd our necks that bore a picture of the boat we were taking, and instructed us to fall in behind him and head for the docks on foot. Now Hubby has severe arthritis in his knees and needs the assistance of a cane to walk, but he was game, so off we went.

When we arrived at our almost destination, we were faced with 2 flights of stairs to get down to the pier, and then a long ramp to actually board the boat. At that point Hubby bailed out. There was no way he was going to get down all those stairs, not to mention having to climb them all when we returned! So, we canned the whale watch idea. (Sorry to disappoint those who were hoping to see whales! (Although, we were told later by a cabdriver that the chances of seeing any whales after the first of September are slim at best, so you might have been disappointed anyway.)

We decided to do some sightseeing in Victoria instead. We took this shot of a musician dressed as Darth Vader and playing the violin!

There were a variety of architectural styles around.. .

Old and modern, mixed together as in most cities.

Apparently there was a cooking school nearby, as we caught a shot of this group of chefs apparently headed for class.

Finally, at 6:00 pm, we boarded the Victoria Clipper again to return to Seattle. The munchkin expressed how we all felt! pooped!

There was fog settling down on Victoria as we left, which made for some pretty photos.

We arrived back at our hotel around 10:00 pm after a long, fun day, even though we didn't make it to the whale watch.

Once again, thanks for coming along!


Jen said...

Great, places I never would have gone ....loved the view..

jules said...

Lunch sounds great, and those blue glasses were awesome. Don't be too dissapointed about the whale watch. We really didn't see any in Bar Harbor, so I think they must be going somewhere else this time of year!

lakeviewer said...

September/October are still good months to visit the coast. AFter that, it's rain and more rain, with gale-force winds and some torrential conditions on the highway. Hope your trip is fun.

Cathy said...

I LOVE that last pic! So beautiful. Looks like it was a great day even without the whale watching.

Steven Anthony said...

what beautiful pics...lunch sounded yummy...u and your hubby look so cute together, great smiles:)

continued safe travels

glnroz said...

that is a beautiful part of the world. Great pics... thnx

One Sassy Girl said...

Oh Eva, this trip looks amazing. I'd love to do a repeat of it someday.

Vodka Logic said...

Great pictures, what a fun adventure

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: glad you liked the pictures.

Jules: Yeah, the cab driver says they go south in the fall and winter.

Lakeviewer: glad we didn't wait any later to make this trip, then!

Cathy: The fog slipping in was really pretty and eerie at the same time.

Steve: After 26 years, we've just kinda grown on one another! lol

glen: It sure is beautiful here; but it's also like Maine in some ways. (which is also beautiful)

Sassy: do it if you possibly can! It's been terrific!

Vodka: Glad you've been coming along!

The Retired One said...

Wow, the area looks fantastic. So sorry you didn't get to whale watch...we did it in Puerto Vallarta and loved it...
Your pics were great.