Awesome scenery on Vancouver Island
Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
13Trip End Nov 2009
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Where I stayed
Motel 8 in Saanich
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
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
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.