September 2017 - On the Road
Cheyenne WY Sep 2017
Six Word Saturday
We left Spokane WA at 8:30 and headed to Port Angeles WA
Lunch was in the pretty town of Snoqualmie.
We check into the Olympic Lodge in Port Angeles and it was wonderful.
We thought about going out to dinner but we both felt like putting up our feet!
Dinner was pizza from Gordy's which was very good, but folks, I'm Canadian, I want my toppings under the cheese!
One Word Sunday then a break until Oct 1
Shadow Shot Sunday
Up bright and early at 6 AM to catch the 8:30 Black Ball ferry to Victoria. You have to be there by 7:30.
Passports are checked, we pay our return fare and then assigned a lane.
Passports are checked, we pay our return fare and then assigned a lane. Then we go for coffee.
On board we settle with our books. Note to self: bring an extra sweater, it was cold.
We disembark, clear customs and head to Butchart Gardens. This has been on my bucket list for years! It is not cheap !! $32.60 per person.
It was a rather chilly and it eventually rained kind of day.
The Butchart Gardens is one of the top tourist attractions in Victoria, British Columbia and ranked by USA Today, CNN and National Geographic as one of the top display gardens in the World.
John had no idea this was on the list for this trip! He thought they were magnificent as well.
From there we drove to Sidney for lunch at the Surly Mermaid. My delicious fish and chips and John had fish tacos, both with snapper.
It was raining by then and we had been up since 6 so we were gland that we could check in early at the Wyndham in Victoria right nect to Fisherman's Wharf.
This is a gorgeous 2 bedroom condo with every amenity. We decided to go to the grocery store and cook in since that is the point of having a condo and it has a BBQ so steaks it is.
Plus I was able to get our laundry done.
Got a sunny photo later.
Good Random Fun
Travel Theme - STEPS and we did plenty in Victoria
Monday was a sunny day and we headed out to explore. We didn't leave until 10 as we enjoyed the condo and drinking coffee!
Click here for a really long post with lots of photos of Victoria!
And here is our day in a few photos!
Carriage ride $100 plus $20 tip for thirty minutes to tour James Bay, not bad but not a great tour.
A couple of signs on Government St.
John is just blooming!
A fantastic lunch in FanTan Cafe with a gluten free menu!
We can across this handsome guy at the bottom of Johnson St.
The tourist map says Craigdarroch Castle is a mere 15 minutes away, nothing about the steep hill nor the fact that they meant 15 minutes driving! It was Monday and I was wondered they wouldn't be open...
No worries they took our senior rate of $13.25 each (a whole dollar off the regular price) and we really enjoyed the castle.
Craigdarroch Castle is a historic, Victorian-era Scottish Baronial mansion with 39 rooms.
You'll have to wait to see the inside!
Some of the food on display in the castle.
Definitely easier going down the hill back to the condo with some stops on the way.
Finally we sit and put our feet up before going out for dinner, fish and chips, 1 gluten free, from Fisherman's Wharf which we took back with us.
Tuesday Treasures Seattle 2008
We are taking the ferry today back to the States, Port Angeles to spend the night in Olympia WA as John really wants us to go to see Chihuly Glasshouse and Gardens in Seattle. What a guy!
Click here for our ferry ride, Port Angeles and the drive.
The ferry ride was much warmer than going over. We drank our cappacinos and read.
Then a look around Port Angeles at their murals and sculptures.
We stop in Safeway for some food for lunches and dinners. I think we have this eating on the road down to an art!
It is a dark and gloomy wet morning as we head into Seattle but it soon clears up and we have a perfect day to visit Chihuly Glasshouse and Gardens. Cost is $21 US per senior.
We've been up the Space Needle so no need to do that.
No waiting at the border and an easy crossing.
We checked into one of our timeshares Rosedale on Robson in Vancouver and walk to Gastown. We both been to Vancouver before, together and separately but years ago.
Our unit was great.
We did room service for dinner, fish and chips and a gluten free burger!
Thursday Doors Victoria
I pick up smoothies and bananas at 7-11 and then we decide to take a drive around Stanley Park before heading out.
Next stop Kamloops BC.
We're in a Hilton Doubletree, on points, but what a difference to the customer experience in Spokane. We were treated like Honors guests and received all our perks including breakfast.
I wrote a letter of complaint to Hilton about the Spokane debacle.
Weekend Reflections Victoria
After a mediocre (free) breakfast, I certainly would not have been happy to pay $15 each for it we decided to check out Kamloops murals.
WOW as we cross into Alberta we are blown away by the scenery.
We are booking into the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, our splurge of the trip. It is not cheap! The rooms are cabins dotted around the lake. Views - incredible!
Having a well deserved Jack's after the drive on our deck.
We both have the steak and frites in the Emerald Lounge for dinner at the resort. Exceptional service.
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