Wednesday, June 4, 2014
We must say goodbye to the Fairmont Pacific Rim today. So sad – who will deliver my food? Who will run my bath? Who will bring me a Prayer Mat? Can we handle the abrupt change?
We are in no big hurry to leave this morning, but we have a 12:50 ferry to catch to get to Vancouver Island. Rich convinces me that our view is so fine that I should not go down to the fitness center for a workout. Instead I YAYOG in front of our window looking out at the water. Very nice. Then we pack up to leave. Not so nice.
The drive to Horseshoe Bay where we will catch the ferry is only about 25 minutes. We will have time to mill around and have breakfast close to the ferry.
We arrive in Horseshoe Bay in plenty of time to eat and then get in line for the ferry. The breakfast choices here are limited – it is already almost 11:00. We manage to find a place that serves a pseudo-breakfast. Troll’s cafe is a friendly place on the waterfront.
The “Brunch Burger” is ordered for us to split. It consists of a burger topped with bacon and a fried egg. Sounds pretty righteous. And it is.
Time to get in line for the ferry. We made reservations online so we are not concerned that we won’t have a space. I am sure at times it can be full.
When our line starts to move we notice that the car in front of us has no driver. Some people park their cars and then walk into “town” while they are waiting. Is this driver going to return? There is a huge flashing sign that says “16 Minute Cut-Off in Effect.” hmmm All of the cars in our line drive around the parked car and enter the ferry.
The boat is HUGE. There are several vehicle levels and several passenger levels. It has lots of seating both inside and out, a cafe and even a video game room for kids. Oh – there is also wi-fi! I find a spot to set up and work on my blog backlog. Rich chooses to explore the ferry. When he returns to our seats he shows me what he has learned:
Look at the white car all by itself in this picture. It is the one that was in front of us.
The 2 hour ride goes pretty quickly. I am furiously blogging while the wi-fi signal goes in and out. Very shortly we arrive in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Yay! The next part of our journey begins. We have reserved an unusual B&B in Parksville (just north of Nanaimo) on the Eastern side of the island. If you go on this link for Inn the Estuary you will see why I say it is an unusual place. We hope it looks half as good in person as it does online.
We find the B&B quite easily with our gps and drive down the winding driveway to what looks like paradise. It is truly IN the estuary. Owners Marianne and Harold greet us and show us around.
This place is unbelievable. There are only 3 B&B rooms here and we have the one on the top floor – “The View.” It is beautifully decorated and there great windows all around where you can’t help but pick up the binocs. Harold built this himself and is rightly proud of his work.
Harold shows us all around the outside of the property. It is landscaped to the hilt. He obviously has a green thumb and a eye for detail. The plants are lush and beautiful. The whole place swarms with birds (and probably other animals). Wow. Inn The Estuary is a special place and looks even better than it does online. Score.
I think we can be happy here for a few days even if we don’t get waited on hand and foot. We scoot out to the grocery to get a few provisions. The plan is to cook at home tonight – we want to take full advantage of our surroundings.
While dinner is cooking I retire to the living room to do some blogging. This is quite an inspiring setting.
Tonight’s dinner is a rotisserie chicken, spinach and mushrooms and rice or cottage cheese. We chose a bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc to accompany.
C’mon, it really doesn’t get any better than this…