Monday September 15
Our feet haven’t touched the ground today. An early-morning wake-up call (5:15am) got us out of bed … the hotel’s six lifts got us to the top floor for our breakfast … a couple of coaches got us to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen (can’t pronounce it? try “t-WOS-sin”) … and a giant BC Ferry took us (coaches and all) to Vancouver Island, some 90 minutes away, across island-studded waters.
We then headed off for a walking tour plus lunch at the world-famous and totally gorgeous Butchart Gardens – where we oohed and aahed and isn’t-it-beautifulled for for a couple of thoroughly pleasant hours under a clear blue sky and hot Canadian sun.
We followed that up with a short tour of Victoria, the truly lovely capital city of British Columbia. (Captain Cook is the first known European to set foot in what is now British Columbia. Just thought you’d like to know that.)
By the time we got back to Vancouver this evening, our mad midlifers were pooped midlifers – ready for a quick snack and an early night.
That goes for their leaders, too – especially when I remind myself that we’ve got an even earlier wake-up call tomorrow morning: 5:00am (yawn). So, look, if you don’t mind, I think I’ll wrap this up now … email it (with some fresh pix) to my son-and-blog-tech Mike back home in Auckland … and join my wife between the crisply ironed sheets on our enormous king-sized bed.
Talk to you again soon …
TOMORROW: Following an early-morning transfer to the rail station, we climb aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail adventure that takes us from the coast up into the spectacular Canadian Rockies! You won’t wanna miss the next couple of days …
Yours bloggedly – JOHN
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