05 July 2010 | Victoria B.C.
Ray here - Sunny Hot...Hotter Tomorrow!
This is a quick picture we did of Victoria but the sun was right in the lens...try to get more-better pics in a while.
Yeeeehaaaa! For us its almost like coming home! We love Victoria (for those that know me they know I mean "This is the way everything should be done" or in other words "The correct Way"). Anyway... Victoria is special to us because we lived in Port Angeles (across the water) and we did our honeymoon here, also several Christmas's and 8 to 10 day vacations either on our other boat (Mariah, a 38' Morgan) or package deals with the hotels and stuff! We still love it here...it's really grown up and expanded and was it busy when we pulled in but...it's still awesome!
So our trip from Roche Harbor, San Juan Island, took (ouch!) 7 1/2 hours that's pretty bad considering it was only 20 miles...but we hit really heavy swells in the middle of Haro Staight (the boat was trying to launch to the moon then dive to the depths)...and then a reverse tide going down the Straight of Juan de Fuca...so we slowed to like 2.2 knots which means 3 hours to do 8 miles! Anyway...it started clearing and getting warmer then we we came in the harbor amonst the airplanes running in and out, little harbor water taxis, two Victoria Clipper turbo ferries, out own Coho, and then a zillion local boats...it was busy...but...we got right in, went right through customs and then because I lacked skill and the harbor girl felt sorry for me...we got this awesome tie up on a linear dock overlooking everything!...and I mean everything...the hotels, aircraft coming and going...street musicians...it's almost overwhelming....and...we're here for 2 more days...and the temp is supposed to be upper 70's and low 80's..(metrically that's like 37,000 degrees or something).
So we're here for a couple of days with full Internet...sorry we missed some folks in Roche...it was a zoo for sure...then there was a terrible wind, crazy people and (in our opinion) lousy (cheap) fireworks...and Oh!...it was cold-cold. Now it's warm-warm and we're good to go...really looking forward to Port Angeles...our next stop.
Ray out for now...