Salish Sea - July 2018
One of my SAG's, Kathleen Schindler, had been bugging
me about checking out Ralph Nussbaum's Pegasus tours as he's looking for more leaders so he can kind of retire. So, due to the rider that broke his hip a spot opened up on his Salish Sea Tour. This tour is basically the Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula, while ferrying through the more famous San Juan Islands.
Love the warning sign on the curve.
I arrived in Seattle and bused north up to Mt Vernon. The first day crossed Padillo Bay, and Fidalgo Bay with an option to climb Mt Erie. This was very picturesque and quite green The northwest climate is quite different from the midwest, These bays of the Pacific Ocean are quite large. We are on our way to Anacortes to ferry Canada.
Now I see why our first day was only 44 miles. We spent more time ferrying over to Sidney, BC on Vancouver Island.
The evening started with a search for some dinner and I tagged along with the Klumps and we found a great fish place for the next two nights.
Day 2 took us to Saanich Peninsula and its lush interior and Buchart Gardens. There were some quite challenging highlands as we were headed south toward Victoria.
I'm starting to enjoy being in Canada. This Vancouver Island is definitely bucket worthy.
We climbed up to an observatory, and there I observed Hurricane Ridge and Mt Olympus of the state of Washington.
And now to the capital city of British Columbia, Victoria, which is on Vancouver Island. It is quite European.
We then travelled through some of their majestic parks and back up to Sidney via the Galloping Goose Greenway. Deserving beers at the fish place.
So, we are now off to another ferry at Brentwood as we cross Mill Bay and head to Honeymoon Bay.
Now riding due south from the one side of the island to another at Port Renfrow. The fog was coming in from the Pacific Ocean.
Right off the bat we climb up about 1000 ft from Port Renfrew. We then approach Sooke and I come upon this bear sign. I missed the lunch stop and had to backtrack as I was quite hungry and they were worried a bit. You know with the bear and all. We then head on eastward to a well deserving day off in Victoria.
After we ferry over to Port Angeles in Washington, we are giving the opportunity to climb Hurricane Ridge. We had a time limit for this 10 mile climb. I made it up 9.5 miles before I had to turn around. The views of Mt Olympus were fabulous.
And then this family of deer decide to cross the road while I'm barreling back down Hurricane
Now to a much flatter scenery on the Olympic Discovery Trail.
This castle near Gardiner reminded me of Sylvia and her favorite colors.
And this of a southern Indiana Hoosier as we head to Port Hadlock.
And another ferry ride at Port Townsend
but still some nice scenery till the end at Mt Vernon