Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Day 13 - Port Angeles WA to Victoria BC

September 2017

Day 1 - Toronto to Chesterton IN
Day 2 - Chesterton IN to Rochester MN
Day 3 - Rochester MN to Lincoln NB
Day 4 - Lincoln NB to Denver CO

Up early to catch the ferry, we have to be there an hour ahead at 7:30. Not quite bright as we drive to the ferry.

Our passports are checked, we pay for our return trip and are assigned a parking spot. Once we complete a customs form with name and date of birth we are free to wander. We go for coffee.

Art created by children called “Fish on the Fence” is located along the waterfront near the Landing Mall.

A closer look at the totem poles.

I'm not sure what this represents.

A gorgeous sunrise.

We board the ferry and take what we need as no one is allowed down on the car deck until it is time to disembark in Victoria.
It is a 90 minute crossing so we arrived around 10 AM.

Approaching Victoria.

Disembarking in Victoria, we easily clear Canadian customs.

We had decided on the ferry that we would go straight to Butchart Gardens, been on my bucket list forever and John is just perplexed as to why I am so excited to be finally going there!

The gardens deserve their own post but let's just say that John was impressed.

When the limestone quarry on the Butchart family estate was exhausted, Mrs. Butchart decided a bit of landscaping would spruce up the area. A few years later in 1904, the magnificent Sunken Garden was opened to the public. Since then the family has added a rose garden, an Italian garden and a Japanese garden. More than 1 million plants are displayed throughout the course of a year, including 700 varieties of flowers.

We managed to see almost all of the gardens when it started to rain so we scurried to the car.

Next stop was Sidney. It continued raining as we had lunch and then strolled.

.Banners on the main street.

Like many towns, the utility boxes are decorated with local decor.

A dark and gloomy day.

One of Sidney's first sculptures, the "Old Man by the Sea" has graced Sidney's waterfront since 1991.

A little girl placed this flower as we were taking photos.

Jake James Pirate

According to its plaque, the diver was carved from a single, 80-foot tall standing red cedar tree by Alan C. Porter in the mid-1980s, then donated to the town by the Hotel Sidney [now the Sidney Waterfront Inn and Spa].

A mural dedicated to the oceans.

B.C. wildlife

It's raining harder, we've been up since 6 AM, it is now 3 PM so we decide we should check if we can check in and relax. YES!

We are here for two nights!

Day 12 - Spokane WA to Port Angeles WA

September 2017 - Port Angeles WA
Day 1 - Toronto to Chesterton IN
Day 2 - Chesterton IN to Rochester MN
Day 3 - Rochester MN to Lincoln NB
Day 4 - Lincoln NB to Denver CO

September 16

Out our window as we rose.

On the road, I love the contrast of the yellow and blue.

That is smokey sunshine. The smoke is from the fires.

Snoqualmie, a rural community founded early in the Puget Sound region's history, is located about 30 miles east of Seattle along the Snoqualmie River just above Snoqualmie Falls.

The Snoqualmie tribe considers the falls to contain powerful magic for peace. The tribe has always been a peaceful tribe -- perhaps too peaceful. When settlers first arrived in the 1850s, Chief Patkanim sided with them against warrior tribes. It was Chief Patkanim who signed the Point Elliott Treaty in 1855, which ceded all of the tribe's land to the United States. In return, the Americans never repaid them and never gave them a reservation. Many of the Snoqualmie ended up living in poverty on land that was once theirs.

We settled here for lunch.

The museum owns the Snoqualmie Depot built in 1890, 3.5 miles (5.6 km) of railroad right-of-way, and 5.5 miles (8.9 km) of the former Northern Pacific Railway North Bend branch. This railway was built in 1889 as the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway (SLSE) and was Seattle's response to the Northern Pacific's selecting Tacoma as their terminus. The SLSE was later taken over by the Northern Pacific.

Nice name - Enchanted Parkway, it seems there was an amusement park called Enchanted Village located near here but it was renamed to Wild Waves.

Discovery Bay is a small bay adjoining the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state; this body of water was also historically called Port Discovery.

The bay was named by George Vancouver after the Discovery, a ship used in his 1792 expedition of the area.


Jamestown S’Klallam Longhouse.

The entire Olympic Peninsula is rich in Native American history and culture. There are eight local tribes residing on reservations along the coastal areas of the Peninsula who ceded their land back in 1855 and 1856: Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Skokomish, Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, and Makah. Today, ancestors of the original people remain and work in conjunction with the Olympic National Park and cities within the Peninsula to honor their access to the National Park and other natural areas for traditional land use and spiritual beliefs and practices.

The Klallam people once spanned the entire northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula with 33 villages. Downtown Port Angeles was once the site of a historic village called č̕ixʷícən (Tse-whit-zen) believed to be over 2,700-years-old.

The City's harbour was dubbed Puerto de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Port of Our Lady of the Angels) by Spanish explorer Francisco de Eliza in 1791. By the mid-19th century, after settlement by English speakers from the United States, the name was shortened and partially anglicized to its current form, Port Angeles Harbor.

Port Angeles is home to Peninsula College. It is the birthplace of football hall of famer John Elway and residents include writers and artists.