The car ferry from Victoria to Vancouver was the largest of them all. I felt like I was sitting on a giant chunk of land mass that broke off from the mainland and gently (but loudly) floated us to our final trip destination. This Washington State ferry even had a Kids Zone video arcade aboard!
After seeing more killer whales swim by in the distance, we docked outside of Vancouver. We then had to take a charter bus into the city. It was definitely nice not having to deal with a car, but at this point in our trip with so many transfers, I was at my end with public transportation. And I think people were staring at us a little funny with our carseat and baby casually resting on a bus seat. The car ferry was so massive, that we had to wait on the bus in the belly of the boat for quite a while, so other cars and busses ahead of us would exit. That is how dinosaur-like this ferry was, big enough to swallow dozens of busses and motorhomes.
The modern glass high rise city was different from storybook Victoria and at first I just wanted to flop down on the hotel bed and relax for once. With just a quick rest, Randy’s relatives picked us up from our hotel and took us on an incredible local tour. We drove to English Bay, Horseshoe Bay, West End, Kitsilano, Granville, and to the base of the ski resorts across the water from the city – such a fantastic view to have while skiing.
That night we went to Randy’s relatives house in Richmond, B.C. a beautiful suburb just outside of the city. We ate the best salmon of my life (they recently caught it on a local fishing trip) and relaxed outside in their backyard.
The next morning we walked from our hotel in downtown, along the harbor front to Stanley Park – a 1000+ acre park. I could spend weeks exploring this park and probably wouldn’t cover it all. The highlight of the park for this trip with an eight-month old is the aquarium.
Initial culture shock from missing quaint Victoria, turned into, Vancouver being my favorite part of the trip. I had no interest in leaving this city after only three days. We took our final cab (way too early in the morning) over to the Amtrak station and boarding the train departing Vancouver and arriving in Seattle. Claire was not a fan of the Amtrak. She wouldn’t sit still and had a minor breakdown. The spacious ferries were definitely better to travel with kids. The tightly packed train car was not appreciated by a baby.
We arrived in Seattle around lunchtime and had the rest of the day to explore the city once more before our flight back to Oakland the following morning. Instead…..we slept. And slept some more. We found dinner at the closest restaurant near the hotel and then went straight back to sleep. Glorious.
A quick flight back to Oakland and a LONG drive back to Los Angeles. Trip complete. And yes, of course I need a vacation from a vacation with a baby. And of course, that’s not going to happen.