September 7th is my dad’s birthday, and since it’s also my parents’ last day of their trip and with us, we go out for breakfast at IHOP just a few miles from the KOA we spent the last night. It’s 7:30am … (what was that about sleeping in on vacations?).
While Rainer & Heidi then take off to catch the Kingston ferry to return their RV to Everett, WA, Kirk and I return to the campground, where we then start packing up and are ready to leave at about 9:30am. The trip to Port Townsend and its ferry terminal is shorter than expected and we’re able to hop on the 11:15 am barge to Coupeville, on the other side of Puget Sound. There, we continue our trip on Hwy 20 until we reach I-5 again (welcome back) and turn north towards the border.
Canadian flags (in addition to the US one) are visible at most places as far south as 50 miles from the border! That’s true neighborly love! And while we’re getting anxious (will they let us in? or will we get rejected?), the border is inching closer and closer. And at exactly 4pm we’re there. And through. And onto the northerly neighbor’s highway … now speeding along in kilometers per hour and checking underpasses for heights in meters (how tall is our trailer now?)! Soon enough however we are hitting rush hour traffic as we get closer to Vancouver and find our way around it as we’re actually headed to West Vancouver.
Destination & home for the next 2 nights is the Capilano River RV Park, a huge campground located at the northern end of the Lions Gate Bridge, north of Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver. And after we get some Loonies (that’s Canadian for CN$1 coins) it’s now time for laundry! And then dinner. And then relaxing … after all, a big day of sightseeing awaits tomorrow!
Let’s get this started!
Wait … did I mention that our trailer is the LARGEST one in a row of three!?! Unbelievable but true, proof to follow in the next photo gallery (didn’t make today’s just yet) …