We walked around the corner to a small cafe and had a good breakfast. Ben had scrambled eggs, bacon and toast and Jane had something they called Eggs Bennie. This place is small and has 6 breakfast choices – all $10. Simple! The Eggs Bennie was an english muffin, slice of sausage, poached egg with a orange chipotle hollandaise sauce. It was good!!
Included here is a photo of the British Columbia National Christmas Tree and a statue of Queen Victoria. The grounds were getting their summer planting of annuals today as well as numerous school groups having the class field trip and picnic.
|Queen Victoria and over 100 year old tree|
|Flowers, School class and Christmas Tree|
We were planning to have “High Tea or Afternoon Tea” as our last activity here in Victoria. After considering several locations we selected the Gatsby Mansion. We were seated at a small table on the porch of this lovely Victorian home overlooking their lovely garden.
|View from Gatsby Mansion Porch|
We selected our tea and enjoyed the first course of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and heavy whipped cream along with some biscotti.
|So Many Goodies|
|One of Numerous Stain Glass Windows - Home built in 1897|
After returning to the hotel to pick up our luggage we headed to the COHO ferry terminal. It was only about 1 1/2 blocks so we were there and waiting for the customs officer about 2. The ferry pulled out exactly at 3 PM. The crossing was smooth except for about 20 minutes when we had to cross the current. The wind was high supposedly bringing in the bad weather. Some large waves even sprayed the people outside on the deck! The crossing took 90 minutes from Victoria, British Columbia to Port Angles, Washington. Good to be back in the USA!!! No dogs or inspections at all – just showed passports and answered a couple questions.
|Good to see USA - low building along land is our hotel Red Lion|
We had again selected our hotel for location. Two blocks from the Ferry terminal and with a coin operated laundry! We were even able to upgrade to a water view for $10 so here I sit typing the blog looking out at a beautiful water view.
After a quick supper here at the hotel - Ben is doing the laundry and will call me when it is ready to dry and I will take over from there and dry and fold. Good division of the work! I took this photo of some snapdragons outside the door of our hotel - I can't believe the flowers here - their weather is much warmer than I had anticipated. There is a really stiff wind though - think I will be getting out the rain jacket tomorrow for wind.
|Snapdragons at Red Lion Inn|
Bad news for the day is we just received an email from AMTRAK that our Seattle to Chicago train is canceled – no reason just to call…so we will have to deal with that tomorrow. Surely there will be someway to get back home! Remarkably so far there have been absolutely no glitches.