After months, no years of planning (we first thought of doing this trip in 2008), we are off!
We said a very sad farewell to my cousin Basil and his wonderful wife Margaret. How will we ever be able to repay their kindness and hospitality? We promise to return before too long.
We left their house at 9am for the short drive to Vesuvius, where we took the ferry across to Vancouver Island. On the way to the dock we met up with Bob & Thelma who had driven down to the main road from their B&B. The ferry crossing to Crofton was about twenty minutes and then followed a 30 mile drive north to Nanaimo where we were to catch the 12.30pm ferry to Horseshoe Bay, just north of Vancouver.
The weather has changed from the sunny days we had on Salt Spring and now we drove under cloudy skies and through light rain. Not too cold though at 12 degrees.
It was fortunate that we had made a reservation on the ferry as it was fully loaded when we departed.
Leaving Departure Bay
The crossing lasted about 90 minutes and was across a flat calm sea. No need for sea sickness pills! We kept an eye out for whales but once again we were unlucky and our first sightings will have to wait till our next visit to Vancouver.
We arrived at Horseshoe Bay at 2.15pm and drove the 60 miles north to Whistler in about an hour and a half. The road has been significantly upgraded since we were last here in August, principally for the Olympics.
On the road to Whistler.
We got to Whistler before 4pm and shortly after we arrived Kenny and DeeAnne booked in to the hotel. It is great to see them again after such a long time - over three years! They have hired a Jeep from Thrifty on a one-way rental which will end in Boston.
Bob is in the middle of doing a building development in Whistler and we met his business partner at his realtor's office. Maggi, will be handling the sale of the properties. We were treated with wonderful hospitality by her, for which we were all most grateful.
In the evening we went to the Rimrock restaurant where we had a meal when we were here last August. Steve took this group photo, which shows us enjoying ourselves!
As we left the restaurant the rain had now turned to sleet and snow. With us heading north and up into the mountains on the road to Kamloups, it's not looking too good.