Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Victoria Day Long Weekend Trip

We took a short vacation last weekend with Nathanael and Shelley and their kids to Victoria. We hadn't been there since our honeymoon, and needed a bit of a break, so off we went for a few days of relaxation.

Going to Victoria means taking the ferry, which can be a challenge. However, we got on the next sailing both ways... snuck on the back each time with only a few cars behind us.

Nathanael and Shelley on the ferry

On Saturday, we visited a local market which was full of a lot of stuff we didn't need but was neat to look at anyway. We headed out to Fort Rodd after that. It's an old military fort that has a lighthouse which is a national historic site.

The lighthouse at Fort Rodd

Natasha and Andrew, overlooking the ocean

Just prior to that, we made a lunch stop at Burger King. Mmm... Whoppers! The kids got those paper crowns too, and we borrowed them for a quick shot while they were in the playground.

The burger king and queen

Sunday was a mostly cloudy, cool, and rainy day, and we decided to spend it indoors. The Royal BC Museum had a special feature, Titanica, all about the sinking of the Titanic. Wow, that place was crowded. The line-up just to get into the exhibit was long, and getting around inside wasn't all that easy. The exhibit itself was informative, but I wouldn't say exciting. Lots of reading, and a lot of things recovered from the wreckage, or recreations.

The IMAX film was good, but also seemed to be lacking in content. They are short films due to the nature of the film size, but I think there was room to add more information.

However, we still all had a good time, saw some things we'd seen before, some new things, and kept dry for most of the day. As no photos were allowed inside the exhibits, I have nothing to show you. I could definitely have taken photos with my 50mm f/1.8 lens without a flash, but to be honest, it wouldn't have been anything exciting to show, and getting a clear shot with all those people would have been nearly impossible.

Monday morning started off sunny and warm, and just got better throughout the day. We got up, had some breakfast, then walked down to the city center to watch the Victoria Day parade. It was a very impressive show, with tons of marching bands, and not very many boring floats. Bands came from all over BC and Washington and they were very entertaining to watch. A lot more creativity seems to go into that sort of thing than I remember in the past. Only one thing missing though. I remember back when I was younger in Edmonton, the army brought tanks to the parade... now that was cool.

Then we watched the cannon salute and another band playing God Save The Queen. The cannons were big and loud, and at least a few car alarms in the area were going off. The blast is so powerful, they created smoke rings which continued until they were quite high up.

Smoke ring up in the sky

On our way back from the parade we were a bit short on time, and hired a Pedi-Cab to give us a mini tour and bring us back to the hotel.

Riding in luxury!

After that it was a whirlwind trip to Beacon Hill Park, Patrica Bay (where we picked up a handful of sand dollars), then onto the ferry for the trip home.

Hope you all had a good weekend. For you Americans, I hope your upcoming holiday is a lot of fun too.

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4 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous Susanna said...

Great pictures! Looks like you guys had a blast!

5:15 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

What a nice way to spend the long weekend! :) It looks and sounds like you guys had a good time!

6:39 PM  
Anonymous e. said...

Thanks for your weekend update...looks and sounds like you all had a good time.

9:08 PM  
Anonymous Sandi H. said...

I love to read your updates and see the pictures. Glad you had a nice time together. I always love going to the island, especially Parksville.

7:07 PM  

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