Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Three Amigos

Yesterday was a lot of fun for all of us. Jennifer and I offered to take Trey for the day so that Maggie (and Layla) could get a wee bit of a break. We took Trey into Victoria and Rachel & Abby had a great time hanging out with their cousin all day.

We started out by the inner harbour, where we explored the Undersea Gardens. We saw tonnes of fish, crabs, anemones and starfish and the kids even poked some of these animals in the 'touch tank'. Our visit to the Undersea Gardens ended with the 'Live Dive', where a scuba diver went into the tank to show off some of the inhabitants, such as the wolf eel and the giant octopus.

As we moved away from Victoria's inner harbour, we stopped by Fisherman's Wharf. Many people live on floating 'houseboats' at Fisherman's Wharf, and you could always buy fresh seafood of your choice from the many fishing vessels that moor there. Unfortunately, Fisherman's Wharf has also fallen prey to tourism in a big way, and now there are almost as many restaurants as there are fishing boats. Fisherman's Wharf is also home to Sammy the Seal, who's grown even more than his reputation thanks to the generous handouts from the tourists and the locals :-(

Since the kids all looked as if they needed a rest, we took a scenic drive around Dallas Road and saw some of Victoria's most desirable tracts of real estate. This is a drive that Jennifer and I do every time we're on the island, but it never gets boring. Every glimpse of the Juan de Fuca Strait is breathtaking, especially on a clear day when you get Washington's Olympic Mountains as a backdrop :-)

Maggie and Trey joined us for a simple dinner, then they treated us to ice cream just up the street at the 'Big Moo' in Sidney.


The Three Amigos, riding strong :-)

Looking for crabs at Victoria's inner harbour

Exploring the 'touch tank' at the Undersea Gardens

Looking for 'Sammy', the resident seal at Fisherman's Wharf :-)

Overlooking the Juan de Fuca Strait from Dallas Road in Victoria

The fishing pier in the town of Sidney

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