I don't have any idea what I actually read on the ferry schedule to Victoria, but I thought it said that a car and driver were $16 and each additional passenger was $5. Those would be normal ferry prices. We got to the ferry and we were informed that it was $75. One way. Yes, I realize that would be $75 Canadian, but the Canadian dollar is only pennies less than the American dollar at the moment, so it still would have cost $150 to get there and back. That was why we didn't take the Victoria clipper- which includes a berth for overnight.
We considered going anyway- right up until the ticket agent said it was $75 EACH WAY. Then I looked at her and said, "Suddenly, I don't care to go to Victoria. At all." We ended up driving away from the ferry terminal, but I wonder how many people suck it up because they want to go to Victoria and already have a travel itinerary.
We didn't have tea in a quaint Victorian village, but we did have a scrumptious lunch in Stanley Park overlooking the ocean. That was the highlight of the day. Seriously, that was as good as it got for me.
When our plans took a left turn, we found a Starbucks and asked what we should do in the fine metropolis of Vancouver. The baristas hemmed and hawed.
We could go to the aquarium.
I can do that in Seattle.
We could go to the Bite of Vancouver.
I can always go to the Bite of Seattle.
We could go to the mall.
Then why are all the Canadians always down here at our outlet malls?
So, soon a regular came in and the baristas asked her, "What is there to do on a Sunday in Vancouver?"
She took one pitting look at us and answered, "Oh Gawwwd. Nothing."
The day would prove her right.
So, why a different country?
The green lights on the traffic signals blink. It's disconcerting.
There are intersections where one road has a traffic signal and the cross road merely has a stop sign. It is hard to tell when you should go.
The signs are all crazy looking.
The parking is metered 24/7. No weekends or evenings off.
The hardest thing about driving there, though, is that in our area, we have I-5. It is clearly marked and easy to find. It runs north. Or south. The freeway there? well, there isn't really one. As soon as you cross the border, it peters out into a boulevard through urban streets.
It was crazy.
We came home and ate dinner at the Olive Garden. We knew where that was, right off I-5.
It was good to be home. In a normal country, eh?