I flew to Seattle and rented a car to drive into Canada. The car I went to get was about 50 miles north of Victoria. That's on a huge island off the coast of Vancouver. Here's some pics.
This is just a little park right on the Canada/US border. Nothing special
except it was just so pretty. Good intro into Canada. I shot the picture
out the car window while waiting to cross the border.
Drove the car onto a huge ferry that runs back and forth from the mainland
to the island. Took about 1-1/2 hours to make the journey.
After I helped (?) get the car crated and ready for shipment I drove up the
coastline a ways and then back to Victoria to walk around downtown.
Had lunch at a nice restaurant at the harbor. Watched the sea planes come and
go. Great weather, sunny, gentle breezes. Here's several pics of the harbor
and a big hotel and the main government building nearby.
Here's a shot of the government building and one of a typical downtown street.
I spent a little time in Crystal Gardens. It's a small indoor aviary/greenhouse
kind of place. Here's some Macaws and a pair of flamingos.
OK, this is just a picture of a butterfly. This was in a room, like a greenhouse
room, with lots of flowers and hundreds and I mean hundreds of butterflies. It
was just magical. I sat on a bench and the butterflies landed on my knees, flew
around me, etc. I took a couple of pics, but you can't see the butterflies in
them, just the bushes and flowers. Anyway, close your eyes and imagine all the
butterflies you have ever seen in a room about the size of a single-car garage.
A really nice, peaceful time in that room.
It all reminded me of San Francisco thirty years ago. Clean, friendly people,
parking available right on the main street. It was a really pleasant day, glad
I took the time.
Of course, I had to leave. Here's a shot of one of the volcanoes that are near
Seattle. I don't know which one this is. I tried to get some pics from the ground
but it was hazey or smoggy or something and the pics came out awful. Also, a pic
of the north end of The Great Salt Lake in Utah. Don't know why it's red like that.
It was a good trip. Maybe someday I'll get a chance to go back and really enjoy
the place. This time I was a little rushed making sure I had covered everything
necessary to get the car shipped. But I'm glad I went.