Awesome scenery on Vancouver Island

Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
Trip End Nov 2009

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Motel 8 in Saanich

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Saturday, July 18, 2009

As I said, we took the first ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria. It was a 90 min crossing, however, between the required getting there early, the loading, the crossing and then the unloading and Canadian Customs, it took almost 5 hours!! I think, since we were almost the last car off, the Custom inspectors just wanted something to do, so they almost completely emptied our SUV making sure that we weren't smuggling anything, etc.

First, we drove along the scenic, oceanside Dallas Drive, then we drove on up to our motel in Saanich. After a short rest we went on over to the famous Butchart Gardens.

Butchart Gardens have been on display since 1927 and are definitely worth a visit. The only thing that we (and many others) were disappointed with, was the lack of identifying placards for the hundreds of different floral species. Only in the Rose Garden are the various types of roses identified. Apparently, they want people to enjoy the view, which is really beautiful, not necessarily get an education. 

We had been told about the fireworks display that they put on each Saturday in July and August, so after checking out a lot of the gardens, we found a good spot to wait and 'people watch' until the 10:00 pm start of the fireworks. The fireworks were good..,.a lot of ground displays, but over all pretty good.

On Sunday, we took a nice drive up Hwy 1 with lots of scenic lookouts and quaint villages. We had a delicious soup for lunch, then headed back to Victoria Harbor for the early check-in at the ferry. 

The return trip was a bit quicker and easier, but when we got back to the RV, most of the batteries were dead, so it took a while to recharge them. The next morning we drove on down and around, by way of Tacoma to the Tall Chief RV Resort near Falls City.

While there, we visited with friends Gary and Angela in Redmond and on another day, Vern, who we met in Mexico the year before, drove over with his girlfriend from Gig Harbor. We went to the Snoqualmie Casino for their great buffet lunch and a nice time chatting.

After lunch we went back by way of the Snoqualmie Falls Park, which was rather impressive. We were a bit surprised to see a scuba diver in the middle of the river, below the falls, and we could only guess what he was doing there....maybe looking for gold? 

Unfortunately, some of the other people who we had hoped to see while in the area, were out of town or otherwise unavailable. So it was soon time to start heading south.

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