Wednesday 20 August

Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
Trip End Oct 27, 2008

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Wednesday 20th August
We slept over night in the RV on Craig and Susan's drive way!  We had a good sleep as we were very tired from our previous bad night in Walmart.
We had arranged to get the 10.15 ferry from a place called Tsawassen which is south of Richmond, out on a causeway. This ferry goes to Duke Point on Vancouver Island which takes 2 hours.
We had decided not to take the RV over as we were only going over night to visit my Aunt Jo-Anna and Uncle John who live in Nanaimo, and as we were intending to stay at their house we had no need to go to the hassle of driving the RV across.
We left Craig and Susan's at about 9am and drove down to the ferry terminal which took about half an hour.  We parked in the long term car park which turned out to be very easy with loads of space and then rushed across the huge car park to buy our ferry tickets. We didn't have to wait long before we got on and once all the vehicles were loaded we were off!
The ferry ride was very smooth and the scenery would have been spectacular except the weather wasn't great. It was overcast and trying to rain unfortunately.
Zach and Holly enjoyed walking around the ferry and looking around the gift shop etc it was nice for them because they were quite safe and so they were able to wander around by themselves. Steve and I had a coffee and sat and read the morning paper.
We arrived in Duke Point, Nanaimo at about 12.15 and Aunty Jo was there to meet us which was great.  We had investigated the possibility of using a bus or taxi but it would have been very expensive so we were glad Jo was able to come.
It was about a 20 minute drive around the bay to their house and so we must have arrived just before 1pm. We had a drink followed by the most delicious spaghetti Bolognaise and cheesecake for dessert.
The weather was not at all good so we sat and chatted and watched a bit of the Olympics on TV. When the rain looked like it was stopping we went out for a walk and borrowed umbrellas just in case. They only live about 2 minutes from the beach so we wandered down there and past a little Pizza place that also sold ice-cream!  So of COURSE we had to go in and sample it.  The lady who runs this place was incredibly helpful and we tried all the flavours of this locally made ice cream.  I think it was the best ice cream we have tried so far in North America but still it is not as good as Rush Munro's!
We had a lovely walk along the shore and spotted a sea otter along the way!  We were really pleased to see it as we had been trying to spot one way back in Monterey but hadn't managed to. 
On the way back up the road we also found a blackberry bush with heaps of huge ripe blackberries on it.  So we picked a few and ate them and took a few back for Jo and John. We thought we might go back with a container later to pick a whole lot.
Jo had asked me to post some letters for her and I had forgotten to pick them up so when we got back I had to go out again to the post box. As I didn't exactly know where I was going I went right round the block again, past the shoreline and this time I saw the sea otter, but it had climbed up onto a wooden pontoon off the beach! It was having a little rest next to a seagull that had flown down to join it!
When I got back Steve went down and ordered some yummy pizza for dinner and we all had a great evening chatting.  Steve also spent some time trying to help Jo with her computer as she has been unable to down load her digital photos as yet. They didn't have much luck but hopefully soon this will be resolved and Jo will be able to store and view her pictures on the computer.
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