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Back to the Mainland

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All photos taken on July 24, 2021.

Back to the Mainland © Tanka

Back to the mainland,

no further explanation.

Leaving the island?

No need to walk on water,

all our tickets are on SAIL.

Waiting for the ferry

This great blue heron presents a ghostly image

Heading out

Boats and buoys

Sea life

I love this cormorant sequence, as they fly alongside our ferry

Shining waters and scenery along the way. The hazy snow capped mountain volcanic peak is Mount Baker in Washington U.S.A.

Danger – toe stubbing hazard….and yet we still stubbed our toes
All hands on deck – watching the world go by
B.C. provincial flag tattered and torn from many crossings.

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

26 thoughts on “Back to the Mainland

    1. Maybe no border guards at Mt Baker, perhaps at Ponit Roberts or in the San Juans. Mt Baker was about 100 km (62 m) away. The ferry actually briefly crosses through US waters as it approaches Tsawwassen. Thanks for reading. Allan


      1. Point Roberts in the West and the Northwest Angle in Minnesota are errors made when the U.S. and Britain drew up the border agreement in the 1783 Treaty of Paris. Benjamin Franklin was involved in the discussions. Point Roberts had a real problem accessing the rest of the U.S during Covid, due to the border being closed to all but essential travel.


  1. Such a lovely poem, Allan! While the dinner cruises and whale watches promise unique experiences, a ferry ride is actually an equally scenic and more cost-effective way to enjoy panoramic views of the places you visit. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely Friday 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thanks Aiva. Often the less commercial offerings are the better than high priced contrived cruises. Ferry crossings are a necessity and follow the same route over and over. You can take in the sights while moving along your route. Also, a good chance for the driver to relax and sightsee. Many of the ferry crossings we have been on were in New Zealand and Australia and they have all been experiences to be remembered. Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend. Allan

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