Day 1 started early, with a pancake and bacon breakfast in the heart of West Seattle before we headed down to the Fauntleroy dock for our first ferry ride of the trip. The skies were grey and rain was intermittent but nothing can really spoil the first day of a road trip.
The ferry took us to Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula, but not before we had a brief look at Vashon Island.
From Southworth, we headed north and then west towards Port Angeles, where we’d board the second ferry of the day over to Victoria on Vancouver Island. A bite to eat, a short line, a bit of a wait on the dock, more rain, and more clouds, and then, the first hit of sunshine about an hour into the trip…
We had sailed out of the fog and gloomy weather into gorgeous blue skies and our first look at the island where we would spend the next three days.
The ferry was big, as we found out later when we waited to exit the car hold for 15 minutes or so. But the good part was it had great seats and big windows, so we could enjoy the view without being blown of the deck.
As we approached, my Dad spotted a large brown scrape of land, and we both guessed at what it could be. Google Earth might be helpful here, but we were too far away from land to get any mobile reception or wifi signal.
Once it warmed up, the deck was full of people checking out the views. Our favorite was this couple, who found a unique vantage point. The woman was rock steady on her little perch, but her companion was a little wobbly at times.
As we got close to our destination, we passed this little light marking the entrance to the harbour (spelled the Canadian way, of course!). The people there waved to us, an unofficial welcome to Victoria.
As the ferry made the final turn, we could see the city of Victoria laid out before us, and it, like us, seemed to be basking in the sunshine.
And so ended the first day of our road trip!