This morning I had a reservation for the ferry to Vancouver Island set for 10:50 am. I started to figure out that would mean I should be there at 9:50 am and since it would take at least an hour to get to the ferry, I would have to leave at 8:30 or so. That meant I would be driving in rush hour traffic through the downtown area and that did not appeal to me. It was raining in the morning and that combined with the rush hour traffic was really something I wanted to avoid. So – I was up early, had breakfast at Timmy’s and decided to leave at 7:00 am. I thought I could hang around the harbour until it was time to get on the ferry.
It didn’t take long at that time to reach the harbour, but the lane took me right there and I didn’t see any way to get out of the ferry lineup. I told the first guy that my reservation wasn’t until 10:50, but he asked if I wanted to take the 8:30 one instead, so I said yes. I told the same thing to the lady at the booth, and she again asked if I wanted to get on the 8:30 one – so I paid and went on it.
There wasn’t much to view on the ferry with the rain and the trip was uneventful. I phoned to let my brother Doug and his wife Erin know that I would be earlier than planned. Doug let me know that they were going to be playing pickle ball, so I knew to take my time driving to their place. It was still drizzling a bit, but I took the scenic highway north and stopped at Qualicum Beach for a picture or 2 and then continued on slowly. My GPS wanted me to get onto the main highway, but finally accepted the fact that I was going to take the slower more interesting one and adjusted my route accordingly.
The GPS is sometimes not 100% accurate in some places and it told me I had reached my destination slightly before I was actually there this time. I had to look up their address on my phone to find the right house and I beat them home by a few minutes, so just waited for them to arrive.
We had a quick lunch and then headed out for some sightseeing. They knew I wanted to see wildlife, so we started off with some Sea Lions at the Fanny Bay Harbour. I had never seen any in the wild before, so it was nice to see and hear them. 🙂
We then headed for Courtney/Comox area, where we walked along a beach and out onto the docks – looking for Seals, birds and maybe some crabs or fish in the water. That trip ended with a feast at a nearby restaurant.
It turned out to be a nice day after the rainy start. 🙂
One more picture – of myself and my brother Doug, taken by Erin (Doug’s wife).
For some reason, the following video did not show up in my uploads, so was missed from this post earlier. The Sea Lions at Fanny Bay Harbour were very vocal and so much fun to watch – so here is the video now.