It was a long drive. We made it to the ferry around 4pm the next day and headed over to the island of Victoria. It was a little chilly, but the trees and the sea were just gorgeous. We rented a 3-bedroom, 2-bath house on a golf course for the week. We went to the grocery store to pick up essentials for breakfasts and lunches. It's always fun to see what different kinds of things they have in the stores where we visit. Our favorites from Canada were the nacho cheese cheetos, the pickle-flavored Doritoes, and all the many, many flavors of herbal tea. I'm guessing it's the British influence that has everyone in Victoria drinking all that tea. Still, we loved it and came home with all sorts of fascinating flavors, like mojito, melon citrus mint, licorice, and chocolate mint.
Another thing we love to do is go to church. My family did this when we were growing up when on vacation and I think it's good for the kids to see how the church is the same no matter where in the world you are. We followed up church with a trip to The Empress (we wanted to have tea but the wait was too long). Instead, we had a really nice lunch at a sea food restaurant nearby. We ended our first day at The Soda Shoppe.
|Bianca and Portia by one of the bendy trees in front of The Empress Hotel|
|Portia by The Empress|
|Bianca, my little tree hugger, with a Redwood|