|She She Shoes Victoria B.C.|
We wander about town and could not help but take lots of photos of the marina. The upcoming weekend was a Canadian holiday and boats were filling the marina with color.
|Marina Victoria B.C.|
|The Tapa Bar Victoria B.C.|
We slept great that night and boarded the Victoria Clipper back to Seattle the next day. On the way out of the harbor we spotted a Princess Cruise ship in port and strained our heads to see it off the port side. Just then Avril tugged at my sleeve and whispered "that's Ryan Gosling next row over!" I looked over and sure enough it was. I fired off a stealth photo of him. It is a lousy telephoto side shot because I did not want to invade his privacy. I have shown the photo to a number of people and some say it is not him. I have a keen sense of facial recognition, honed in earlier life experience. He is a Canadian and we are in Canada so it adds to the evidence. If it is not him then he has a doppelganger that is making all the women on the boat giggly-squirmy.
|Ryan Gosling sighting??|
|Silver Cloud Hotel - Stadium Jimmy's on First|
The next day we take the free hotel shuttle to the King St. Amtrak Station. After some quick drama, a car attendant who wrongly informs us that our sleeper car is broken and removed from the train, we find our room and kick back. We decided to upgrade to a roomette on our return. The roomette price is higher but includes meals. The seats turn into bunks and privacy curtains block the light so sleeping is much easier. I haven't slept in bunks since the military so it is an experience. I gave Avril the upper bunk and she may never forgive me, but we had fun anyway. She is more the nimble athlete than I.
|Lunch Amtrak Coast Starlight Parlor Car|
|Dinner Amtrak Coast Starlight Parlor Car|
We skip breakfast the next morning and depart in Emeryville. Home again!