Victoria, BC Canada to Keizer, Oregon, USA 8/26/2013

AUGUST 26, 2013 (Monday)

 

Happy sad, moving day. Said goodbye to Bonnie and left our little cave around 8:30 AM. We had to be at the ferry 90 minutes before the ferry left (10:30 AM). We figured that would give us plenty of time to say goodbye to the inner harbor and have breakfast. NOT. The directions, once you get to the gate and pay the money ($77.00 for car, driver and passenger) are to stay with the car. After awhile a Border Patrol person came and looked at our passports, asked a couple of questions, and then told Michael to go to the office with the passports. Michael did so, waited, was asked a couple more questions, the passports were scanned, and that was it.

Customs before boarding.

Customs before boarding.

By the time we got on the ferry we were very hungry so we went straight to the snack bar and got tea, a bagel, and a danish (about $10.00). We sat down and ate and said goodbye to Beautiful British Columbia as the ferry left the dock. We went outside after awhile and took pictures and just stood and looked for whales. The water was very calm, almost like a mirror, for most of the way. Nice trip.

Coho Ferry slipping into Port.

Coho ferry slipping into Port.

Goodbye kind fun little water taxi's.

Goodbye kind fun little water taxi.

Sad to sail away, what a great visit, we will miss you!

Sad to sail away, what a great visit, we will miss you!

A frequent sight in Victoria.

A frequent sight in Victoria.

Pretty woman on watch.

Pretty woman on watch.

 

Washington State bound.

Washington State bound.

Once into Port Angeles, all the cars were off like a herd of turtles. Michael was driving and we headed down Highway 101. The only time we stopped was for gas at a little station, couldn’t even tell you where. The drive down was almost as pretty as the drive up but it was raining this time.

Into Port Angeles

Into Port Angeles

We got to Olympia and wanted to see the capital up close and personal. It was a little hard to find (Michael and I got into a little fight about where it was and how to get there) but we found it, got some pictures, and were both glad we saw it. It’s beautiful. I especially liked the guardian angel statue looking over the military personnel. Lovely.

Capitol in Olympia, Washington.  our first glimpse.

Capital in Olympia, Washington. our first glimpse.

Memorials and fountains are throughout the grounds.

Memorials and fountains are throughout the grounds.

Temple of Justice.

Temple of Justice.

Capitol Dome

Capital dome

Fountains abound.

Fountains abound.

Guardian Angel watching over soldiers, a prayer held dearly throughout all of human history.

Guardian Angel watching over soldiers, a prayer held dearly throughout all of human history.

After Olympia it was all about the drive down to Wilsonville. We hit the 5 o’clock Portland, Oregon traffic but it wasn’t as bad as we were expecting by taking the 205 cutoff. We got into Wilsonville about 6 PM and stopped at Red Robin for dinner. Michael had a BBQ chicken salad and I had a cobb salad (approximately $20.00). After dinner we drove to Brad and Ellen’s place a short distance away and had a nice visit with them. Ellen is doing so much better since she had her implant device for her pain. We dropped off some Voltaren (we call it magic juice) for their aches and pains. We are still amazed that in Canada the Voltaren is over-the-counter and $10 a tube, and in the U.S. we pay $75.00 a tube for it.

Left Wilsonville and got to brother John’s place in Salem about 8 PM. Was so nice seeing him. He’s doing well and we visited way past his bedtime. He gave us updates on his family and just had a nice visit.

Michael and I both got to bed earlier than normal because it was such a long day. Hope yours was good!

 

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