Aug 3

Work Trip to Coastal Oregon, Seattle and British Columbia

While on a work trip to coastal Oregon, an urgent need arose for me to be in the middle of Vancouver island.  I got there about 24 hours later by driving to Portland, Flying to Seattle, and taking a ship to Victoria, then driving to the work site in the hinterlands. Strangely enough, for such a whirlwind trip, I had an oddly relaxed schedule that allowed me to make a few stops and enjoy things along the way.  First, the Oregon coast:

I even had time to stop at cape lookout state park for a couple of miles of hiking:

A little cliff climbing at the end of the cape!

I made it down to the bottom, where I was rewarded with this:

While in Seattle waiting for the ship to Canada, I spent some time at the Pike Place market. It was a beautiful fall day, and there were lots of people out on the promenade.

To my utter delight and surprise, a carrier group was doing a drive-by,complete with aircraft of various kinds, and escort ships of varying nationalities!

Then, it was time to get aboard the Victoria clipper for a hop across the Strait to Victoria, BC, Canada.  Seattle looked great in the background.

Mount Rainier looks great on the horizon.

The clipper really rocks- it throws up a spray that creates a little rainbow!

The clipper arrives in Victoria.

A couple of hours into the countryside…

Some boring telecommunications work done, I returned to catch a flight out of Victoria.  I had just enough time to stop at the famed Butchart gardens. Everything was in bloom.

 

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