She said it was everything she had wished it would be.
This was our view of the bay from our table.
We spent one day at the Royal British Victoria Museum and we really needed a second day to see it all because we were worn out after five hours. We spent one day at the Butchart Gardens where we also wore ourselves out. We took the public bus for the hour ride out and back - very interesting, but that's another story.
I think I came away learning the most from the gardens as they were very instructional. I asked Alexia to stand on the path to provide perspective for the lily and hydrangea on the right, both taller than her. I brought home their plant guide and also bought two packets of columbine seed which I had to declare at Customs. The Canadian Customs people were much nicer than the American ones, I must say.
We took the ferry back to Port Angeles where we picked up our car and drove to Vashon Island to spend a few days with our sister-in-law at her place there, which is way down on the end.
Turning around, I took this shot looking the other direction. Click for big to see Mt Ranier hidden in the cloud.
The summer compound is right on Puget Sound so maritime traffic traveling to and from Tacoma passes right by. Alexia loved watching them with both the telescope and binoculars. We found a great app called VesselFinder Lite that identifies the ships, tells what country owns them, whose flag they're flying, usually a picture and lots of details that I don't understand. We had a lot of fun with that.
Low tide reminds me of Limbo - how low can you go?!
High tide, however, is getting higher. I took this picture of Ian from the second floor, and you can see how high it is, so high that the stairs are damaged and unusable. Homeowners on Vashon have been meeting with the Coast Guard, looking for ways to protect their property. They were told that in a hundred years, these shoreline houses will be under water.
So what to do? Enjoy it while we can.