On dialup? Don’t even try today’s post. It’s all about the photos. Sorry.
Okay, we planned nothing and just left the house at 7:00 am and headed for the ferry terminal. Decided to go to Victoria first and see how it went from there.
Let me just say right up front that I saw two seals and a killer whale but the moment I brought the camera up – poof, they were gone. Must be shy.
We just made the 8:00 ferry, the Queen of New Westminster and we were on our way.
There was knitting:
Super secret lace & bead knitting is growing! I got almost 6 hours work on her yesterday.
Hubby was laughing at me at this point so I asked him if he’d like a pici of his lap. He said no, I did it anyway. No knitting, heavy on the coffee:
Once in Victoria we headed to the inner harbour. There you will find the historic Empress Hotel:
The Royal BC Museum:
The tallest spiral staircase I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, we couldn’t climb it, it was being worked on. ;(
A lovely little garden & pond in the inner courtyard:
Then there were the Parliament buildings. Victoria is the seat of government for British Columbia. Not currently in session so I couldn’t chat with anyone about scrapping this whole HST thing. Next time!
View from the harbour.
From the lawn:
Mr. B strolling on the grass
Honouring soldiers who died in Korean War:
Very cool place. I wish we could have seen it at night when it’s all lit up. We also had a really nice lunch at The Swiftsure Restaurant. I highly recommend the halibut & chips. Homemade tartar sauce. Mmmm
Oh yeah, and I saw what I think might be the world’s biggest bottom whorl spindle at the harbour:
Human for scale:
After all this we were sure if we should hang out here all day and then head back home or if we should head up to Nanaimo and take the ferry from there. Decided to head up island and see what we would see.
Along the way we passed the Whippletree Junction where I looked over and saw this sign:
Are you kidding me? A yarn store in the middle of nowhere and it’s having a sale? Squee! This place was wild. Yarn, floor to ceiling, little aisles that two people could not pass in. Amazing. Plus, they had stuff there that I’ve never seen here in the big city! LOL. Know what else they had? 7 skeins of Noro Kureyon in colour 128. No, really, they did. Now I have it! Colour 128! I can’t even express myself. I also got a nice braid of Handmaiden spinning fibre (30% sea silk/70% silk), and 2 balls of Mini Mochi. So soft!
At this stop we also fulfilled another mandatory car trip rule and purchased fudge and nice smelly soap. It’s a bylaw, you have to do it.
More fortification and then back on the road:
Then we got to Nanaimo and because we didn’t know what the ferry schedules were like out of Duke Point back to Tsawwassen so we decided to just head to the terminal and make sure we got back home in a timely manner. Creatures wanting their dinners and all. Turns out, we just missed getting on the ferry that was about to load when we got there and had to wait 3 hours for the next one.
I remember this from when I was a kid but I was smaller then and I’m sure cars in the 70′s had more leg room and were more comfortable for extended sitting parties. Got a tonne or knitting done though!
I got three hours of knitting done and then we got on the 5:45 pm ferry and we were heading back home. It was some kind of windy and you almost felt like you would be swept off the deck. Which explains the lack of focused photos. LOL. We were on the Queen of Alberni on the way back.
How cool would it be to live here:
Tired, wind & sun burnt, and ready for some food:
And that was our big adventure day. The best part of a mini cruise? You get to sleep in your own bed that night.
Today, Harry Potter on Imax. I understand the first 12 minutes is in 3D so that should be interesting. Happy Friday all.