I slept, but Mireya couldn’t make herself comfortable in the car. Later, after breakfast, and a quick comb and shave in IHOP restroom, we enjoyed an unbelievably short wait at the Peace Arch customs, 5 minutes (!), then we drove up through Vancouver’s east side to North Vancouver. Last summer, we waited for 2 hours to drive up to the customs booth. I had assumed, considering it was the Olympics, that the wait would be similar this time around. Thankfully, I was wrong.
Normally, on this drive, we would stop over at a hotel in Salem or Eugene Oregon, but without knowing how light or heavy the traffic or customs was actually going to be, we decided to do it in one shot with naps. And, as you know, there’s no guarantee of getting any sleep in a strange hotel room.
By the time we got to Maggie and Gary’s place, Mireya was ready to hibernate till dinner. I was still “up” from the drive and its many cups of coffee, so, I headed down to Lonsdale Quay (pronounced, “key”) to see what was happening there.
|A 19th century hull with modern fittings. Those blocks look like something I saw in an art gallery not too long ago. Naturally, they used modern communications for safety. |
|Colorful flags against the plain yellow and black riggings. Made for a nice framing of the Lonsdale Quay Public Market. |
|See the big Q at the top of the tower? I took those earlier photos of the plaza, the tug boats and the side view of the Kruzenshtern from the highest observation deck beneath the Q. |
|This boy was cheering for the Swiss hockey team. Do you like the benches? The back and arm are made of rolled steel as used in ship building. The arches on this foot bridge were a nice touch as well. |
|Back on the Kruzenshtern, the sailors were only too happy to pose for photos. |
|A great memory to take home and share with the family. |
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