Yesterday morning, Debbie and I board the passenger ferry Coho. Destination:
Coho makes 4 daily roundtrip crossings between Port Angeles, WA and Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Here she is waiting for us for the return trip.
As the 90-minute crossing of the magnificent Strait of Juan de Fuca begins, the visibility is poor due to overcast skies and fog.
But soon enough, our wished-for blue skies appear.
|The fog (in the middle) rolls back to reveal the Olympic Mountains on our stern|
The crossing is comfortable
and before we know it, we dock at Victoria’s magnificent harbor.
Debbie and I spend the day strolling the flower-laden streets and admiring the city’s handsome elegance. We navigate Chinatown's maze of tantalizing shops.
Then on to Foo Food for lunch. After much advanced research, we select this restaurant based on reviews from a variety of online sources. Our homework pays off.
We both order the caramel chicken. We both clean our bowls.
Craving something a bit tart after so much savory, we stop for build-your-own frozen yogurt at Qoola. I opt for the Pomegranate-Raspberry and get my chocolate and my fruit fix.
We take a rare rest break on chairs that Debbie finds in the back of a boutique.
Continuing our walking tour, we enter the landmark Empress Hotel and scurry about like roaches (as opposed to paying guests). At $55 per person (!), we decide NOT to indulge in the famed tradition of High Tea. Besides, we are full. Well ... kinda.
There are a lot of hairy buildings in Victoria.
Particularly interesting is the Parliament building.
The grandeur of the interior and exterior architecture is not to be missed.
Unlike a United States government building, you are allowed inside without a cavity search. In fact, the only thing keeping us out of the impressive Legislative Chamber ...
... is this.
|A royal lock, no doubt.|
The hours fly and soon enough it’s time to proceed through customs once again before re-boarding Coho.
By the time we dock in Port Angeles, we are both ready to return to our own tranquil camp in the forest.