|Look closely, there are two whales here.|
The highlight of our Vancouver trip was surprisingly NOT our time stuffed into a cubicle-sized Airbnb. Coach booked reservations on a whale watching expedition. We had to be at the place super early, which was a challenge.
|The family's butts. We leaned over the wall |
to watch this guy perform tricks, but it
was his great sense of humor that kept us
engaged. We sent Curly down after
he finished to put money in his hat.
It was insanely windy once the boat took off. Our cameras were ready, but nothing. We were nearing the end of the trip when they announced that there were whales spotted ahead. We all jockeyed for position and took a thousand photos. So cool.
|Here they are again. One waving to us.|
The whales did not jump completely out of the water because by the time they arrive in these waters from wherever (I think Alaska), they are too hungry and tired to jump that high. Still we saw two of them come up repeatedly. Lad also spotted a bald eagle, which impressed the crew to no end and clearly made Lad’s day. Mini claimed afterwards that it changed her life. We were all thrilled!
We could have taken the boat straight back, but Coach arranged for us to be dropped off at Victoria, a beautiful island. This place hit all the marks. It was gorgeous. There were little house boats docked at this little, lively wharf area full of food stands and a floating ice cream place. So cute. We enjoyed a street performer who was downright hilarious. We toured a famous mansion where Curly, who had gotten ahead of me as I read the descriptions of what each room was used for, invited me to one of the floors in this way: ‘Welcome to the open concept ballroom.’ Yes, she enjoys HGTV.
|Ice cream on the wharf area |
while checking out the houseboats.
The bus hit traffic and we got to the gardens an hour before it closed. The lady looked at me like I was insane when I asked if we could in fact tour the garden in an hour. She was like, ‘Perhaps, but why would you do that? Why would you not enjoy it?’
Hey, we are athletic people - we can take in the beauty while doing a light jog. She helped us look up the last ferry time. We had to be on another bus out front of the garden in like an hour and 35 minutes if we wanted to make the last ferry. Don’t forget that dinner needed to be incorporated into that 1 hr 35 min. The ferry was still another 45 minutes away. Poor Coach. He thought it was all going to work out, but it was so hard to guesstimate how long we would take at each stop, then traffic, then the ferry schedule, etc.