Day 19 - Tofino to Port Angeles (USA)

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 23, 2008

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Port Angeles KOA Campground

Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, September 7, 2008

Well we have made it to the US, although the day has not been without some excitement and events.   We had spoken to the Ferry company yesterday and found that we could not book onto the 1500 ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, but if we arrived by 1200, we stood a chance of getting that craft - otherwise it was a 1930 sailing and 2100 docking in the USA.   We decided to go for it, but that meant a 0730 set off (which meant an even earlier reveille - the whole operation was planned with military precision).
We have not mentioned up to now that Chrissy had been feeling unwell for a day or two and overnight things got more acute.  She was suffering quite badly with a water infection that was causing pain in the kidneys.   Anyway, we decided that it would be best if she saw a doctor and we agreed that we should try to do that in Canada.  In the end we set off as planned and found a hospital after about 2 hours or so of driving.   We received excellent service and within a couple of hours Chrissy had been tested and seen a doctor and prescribed the biggest antibiotic tablets you have ever seen (we think they are for horses really).   She did have a kidney infection and was showing some blood in her urine - let's hope the medication helps.   We got back on the road by lunch time and at 1500 we arrived at Victoria Ferry Terminal.   We had decided to try and make the 1930 sailing anyway and get on our way - we managed it.
Victoria is a truly great city - quite the best we have visited in Canada.    We really recommend a visit.   The atmosphere is really uplifting and for a couple of hours the three of us explored the sights and scenes.
At 1800 we paraded for the customs checks.   Chrissy was convinced we would be arrested and locked away for smuggling, so every orange, apple, potato and beef burger was jettisoned as she went through the Customs Guidance Notes to ensure we had no banned goods aboard the RV.  Monty's passport was prepared and duly presented to the Custom's Officer, much to his amusement.   We passed through without hitch, board and set off on time and with a slightly lighter RV!.   We were treated to a glorious sunset as we crossed the Strait of Juan de Fuca.   Sadly, we did not see any Orca's but Chrissy kept lookout for the entire voyage!   We arrived at the campsite, in the dark and tired after a long and emotional day.   Tomorrow we start our journey across the USA.
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