We leave Canada 8-26-16

Today we visited Victoria before taking the ferry to the US. from this island. It was the first inhabited area of Vancouver Island.  We left the hotel just after 10:00 to get our bikes in line at the ferry dock.  When we called the sales clerk for the ferry co. she said no reservations, first come first served.  Being Friday on the last weekend of the summer it would be busy. We got there and were first in line.

After securing our tickets we took a walk around the downtown harbor area.  This area is beautiful with nice hotels, the BC Parliament building, the BC Museum, the harbor and much more.  All the grounds were manicured and beautiful.

Two thorns in the flowers.
Two thorns in the flowers.
Harborside
Harborside
The parliament Building.
The Parliament Building.
The Rotunda In the Parliament building.
The rotunda in the Parliament Building.

The harbor was alive with activity.  Power boats, sea planes, water taxis, sailings ships, yachts.  It was busy.

Two twin master schooners came in from a 10 day sail with students from Canada and the US.  The students learn to sail during the 10 days and make four other ports of call.  I got this information from one of the students waiting for her parents.

One docked the other starting to dock.
One docked, the other starting to dock.

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A water taxis is in the middle.
A water taxi is in the middle.
Sea plane arrives.
Sea plane arrives.
Sea plane terminal.
Sea plane terminal.

We were to be at our bikes at the ferry dock at 1:30 for the homeland security check.  We had to fill out a form with our name, birth date, gender and the country we were citizens of.  Somehow I managed to misplaced mine and couldn’t find it. The officer said he would be back shortly.  I rushed to get another and filled it out.  Only after that did I find my first one right where I put it for safe keeping, in the pocket of my tablet.  We were now ready to board.

Staged to load.
Stagged to load.
Securing then after loading.
Securing with ropes after loading.
The cars in the hold.
The cars in the hold of the ship.

 

We were off to the US and our port of entry at the city of Port Angeles, Washington.

On the way out of the harbor at Victoria we saw a floating community.
On the way out of the harbor at Victoria we saw a floating community.
The ferry dock at Port Angeles.
The ferry dock at Port Angeles.

We left Port Angeles and headed to Quilcene, WA to get to our room at the MT. Vernon Inn and then met up with Tim Cutahyde, a buddy of Bill’s and a person I had met last year on our way through.  When we got to the office of the motel and said we had a reservation under the name Jones the lady behind the desk gave us a strange look and said she had no reservation for Jones.  I said I called this morning and made the reservation.  She informed me she was on the desk this morning and had received no call from me.  I pulled out my phone, looked at the call log and realized I’d called an Inn in BC we had stayed at 2 days earlier.  We had no reservation. Luckily they had one room and we were all set for the night. I’ll take off my sunglasses next time I do that and find a darker area where I can be sure to see the screen better.

I did call the other inn to tell them we would not need the room.  They had a couple at the desk looking for a room.  It all worked out.

At the MT. Vernon Inn.
At the MT. Vernon Inn.

We had drinks, dinner and conversation with Tim in town.  Afterwards Tim came to the inn for some of Bills Gibson’s Whiskey and more talk.

With more talk and less sleep our post for today is late.

Trying to catch up, I’ll finish tomorrow.  Professor DeLiefde has to proof my mess.

 

 

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