Road Trip – Rainy Ferry

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All photos taken on our September 19, 2021 ferry crossing from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal on the mainland to Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island.

On arriving in the Metro Vancouver area, we drove through Surrey to a Skytrain station, where we picked up son B, who was coming to the island with us. As he knows the area well, we turned off our GPS and put our trust in his BPS to get us where we were going. A good choice to be sure.

We checked in and were assigned a boarding lane to wait in. We opted to eat lunch, while we waited and let us just say the small pizzas while delicious, were rather underwhelming in size. Oh well.

Our mighty 6″ pizza

At long last, our ferry arrived and we loaded on, heading up to the upper deck. The wind was howling and it threatened to rain. Even, the seagulls seemed suspended in mid air.

B and Mom play follow the leader into shelter from the wind

Our ferry was a bit late departing, but, soon enough, lines were cast off, engines rumbled, props thrashed the water and we slowly moved back from the dock. The helmsman may have been a trainee, because we seemed to bounce back and forth off the dock fenders, as we left. Barnacles covered every surface exposed by the low tide. Maybe, he was trying to scrape them off.

As we moved out of the shelter of the land, the wind speed picked up and rain drops started to spatter on the deck. We took shelter where we could, but chose not to head indoors (Covid precautions, don’t you know). We passed numerous other ferries as we got under way past the nearby freight pier.

Happy to be together again with son B, we posed for some goofy photos.

The scenery was underwhelming, until we got to Active Pass, but there was still some stuff to see.

In the tight space of Active Pass, we got a few glimpses into “island life”. All ferries must sound their horns on entering and leaving the pass, as well as when passing by other ferries, so island life in the Pass, may not be as quiet as one would think. The rain was lessening by this point and we were able to enjoy the views, as we floated onward.

As we exited Active Pass, the sky was clearing and the sun broke out. Good news for us.

The show over, we headed below decks to get ready to drive off the ferry. A few more bounces and hasty position adjustments and we were secured to the Swartz Bay pier and off to our next adventure.

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.

17 thoughts on “Road Trip – Rainy Ferry

    1. We have now done that ride 6 times in 3 months, in all kinds of weather. We feel we know it now. The rain just meant we were able to keep our Covid distance from others. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. I’m with you John. This ferry also has a buffet (closed during Covid), so closer to a cruise than one might think. An ocean ferry takes birdwatching to a whole new level. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. I agree. If it had not have been that they fit our small travel cooler, we might not have got them. Eating one left you feeling….hungry. Good pizzas but a weird pizza model. Barnacles, lichens and mushrooms show you what can happen if you stand still in one place long enough. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. I think island life would be quite nice based on those pictures. Here, I have a train that rumbles by several times a day just a couple hundred feet (~60meters) from my back door. I’ve gotten quite used to it over the 15+ years we’ve lived in this house. I think I would get used to ferry horns pretty quickly. Great share, Allan.

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    1. Island life has its moments, I am certain, as long as you do not have to leave in an emergency, when the ferries are not running. You are right though. You do get used to the noises in your neighbourhood. We are under an airport glide path and we seldom here the airplanes (some of that could be Covid related these days. Thanks for reading Scott. Allan

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