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Oh what a beautiful morning .....
Yipppeee it was Friday and I was going on the ferry to go see my friend who lives in Ladner.

As the crow flies Ladner is only about 35 kilometers from Victoria...but you have to get on the ferry and go to the mainland.  The ferry starts here in Victoria at Swartz bay terminal...and takes you on a 1.5 hours ferry ride which dock at Tsawwassen.  So I took the 7:45am bus to take me to the 9:00am ferry so I could meet my friend in Tsawwassen at around 10:35am.  Ooooooo what a beautiful day it was.  The sun was coming up nice and pink first thing in the morning, by the time I got into town, parked my car for the day, took the bus and got on the ferry the sun was well on it's way to warming up.
Oh what a beautiful day.....
  I could smell the sweetness in the air as I was leaving home, by the time I got on the ferry I could smell the ocean...I love the smell of the ocean, to me it smell like fresh fish and seaweed and sweet...it's hard to describe the smell...but on a warm sunny morning and the water is still it's pretty awesome. 
So on the boat I go, it's beautiful at 9:00am...I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face already, I am sitting outside for a bit and just breathe.  People are milling around outside on this warm day, taking in the sights and sounds and enjoying the views, cameras are going off everywhere...I go visit the guys who drove me to the ferry and go have some coffee and good conversation.  Before I knew it I was walking off the ferry ...Time had gone by very quickly.
So there I was standing in Tsawwassen wondering where the heck is my friend.
To the ferry please
..she is not there...ohoh did she forget the time...no I don't think so...I looked outside and there she was.  Yippeee a beautiful day...sunny warm...and we were going to Ladner.  My friend and her husband live in Lader...I had been there a few times, but that was many years ago and I had forgotten what it really looked like.  Lander is a small community just a 10 minute drive from the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.  First off though was a nice walk along the dyke.  It was beautiful there...the sun was really warming up by then, I didn't even have to wear my little sweater.  I could see the Rocky Mountains in the distance. We walked for a couple of hours and just chatted some more...catching up on news of things that had happened in our lives in the last twelve years.
Ooo another ferry
  It was good for both her and I to just talk about things that have happened...and it was a good release for both of us.  We still have not caught up on things...but we talked the whole day I was there.  It was nice...so after the walk and a few photos later...we went into Ladner for food and a bit of sightseeing. 

HISTORY OF LADNER

For a great many years First Nations people lived along the Fraser river, turning to the sea and the river for salmon and shellfish.  This was the mainstay of their diet.  The First settlers of this area were drawn to the fertile land of the river Delta, made up of silt and sand deposited as the Fraser River slows to meet the sea.

In 1868 the brothers William and Thomas Ladner preempted land on either side of the Chilukthan.
Yipppeeeeee
  They acquired the rich land because they understood that the river and sloughs afforded convenient transportation routes when roads were non-existent.

In 1873 a wharf was built on property that was donated by William Ladner.  Farmers loaded produce, livestock onto steamboats for markets in Victoria, Nanaimo and New Westminister, and then Vancouver.  The site became known as Ladner's Landing, where a village grew up to serve the farmers.  The area was also rich for fishing, Salmon canneries sprang up along the banks of the river, a small Chinatown was developed nearby.

In 1879, the residents of Ladner joined with others in petitioning the provincial government to incorporate the new municipality of Delta.
  Today Ladner residents respect the area's natural and human heritage and part of maintaining a healthy community.  Ladner, together with Tsawwassen to the south, is where the majority of Delta's population lives.  Ladner and Tsawwassen are the two communities that make up the lower mainland area that is now known as South Delta.

The lower mainland region is home to the Tsawwassen First Nation people, with their 700 acre reserve located near the BC Ferry Terminal in Tsawwassen.  The Tsawwassen People are one of 54 coast Salish nations who inhabited this land thousands of years ago.

The area comprises of so many things.  There is Burns Bog, preserved by the Burns Bog society...nicknames Lungs of Vancouver as the bog acts as a kind of biological filter, helping to clean the air over a very wide area.
Ahhh the sun on my face....
  They celebrate international bog day in July.  There is also the Delta Nature Reserve...this is a 60-hectre reserve which only covers 2% of the bog.  You can do a 90 minute hike past a beaver damn , a meadow and a grove (hmmmmmm I must go do this next time I go to Ladner).
There is the Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Located on the western fringe of the estuary in Delta.  (hmmmm I must go here to).  It is the wintering grounds of more than 230 species of birds. like geese, teals, marsh hawks, coots...on and on...who make this their nesting grounds.  Some birds stay year around while birds like the snow geese winter there from October to march before heading to Wrangle Island which is on the coast of northeastern Siberia.

There is much to do there, you can fish, water ski, boats, kayaks.
..there are many walking trails, hiking trails, windsurfing, golf...well just about everything...your a hop, skip and a jump away from the ferry terminal which will take you to Victoria.

We followed the dike trail which follows the perimeter of the bay from Boundary Bay Park east...to Mud Bay.  This is the Boundary Bay Regional Trail and all 29Km is public park.  It was a fine morning for our walk.

Soooooooooooo after our little hike and chat...we were hungry so onwards to Ladner for food.
Yiipeeeeee...we stopped in this little deli I had a vegy sandwich and coffee...we sat outside chit chatted some more.
Then to the shops...and a walk around Ladner so I could take some photos.
After lunch...we went to Jacquie's hose, sat ans chit chatted some more...went for coffee.
Victoria ferry dock
..walked around some more...and just enjoyed the day.
I had Jacquie take me to the 700pm ferry and back to Victoria I went.  The ferry was full of excited people..after enjoying the sun and warmth of the evening, I got on the bus back to the bus depot.
I started to look for my car keys...WHAT THE HECK...WHERE ARE MY CAR KEYS...I CAN'T FIND THEM..........okay panic started to set in.  I am keyless...can't start my care without my keys...it is already 10:00pm...no keys...I tore my purse apart...I tore the depot apart...I looked everywhere...no keys...it is a 40 minute drive home...a verrrrryyyyyyy long walk I could be home by Sunday :)  No keys...I am still panicking...dumped everything out of my purse...phoned my friend..no keys there...phoned the ferries lost and found...no keys.
Look people
..no keys where I parked my car...holy crap NO KEYYYYYYYSSSSSSSSS.
So the maintenance person at the depot was kind enough to give me a ride all the way to my house....and he lives no where near where I live...but he drove me home.  I got home...I though I am going to dump my purse one more time...took every single thing out of my purse...nothing............not a thing...purse empty but one little zippered pocket I had not opened...I opened it...and damn there they were....first I turned a deep shade of red...because I looked everywhere (so I though)...poor dragon drove me home...and there were my keys...so after turning red...I stated to laugh and cry at the same time....I really liked seeing my keys...
So another friend is driving me into town this morning...so I can go get my my car.
Bye bye Victoria
..then I will have to talk to dragon and tell him that I found my keys...after he drove me all the way home...I still turn red....but it was still a good ending to my day... I am just so happy to have my keys...yiipeeeeeeee!!!  Look out Bc...I am on the road again ....heheheheheh

It was a great ferry ride....great friends...and good food......
Thanks for the beautiful day...happy ending...and I want to do that again...so much to see just in my backyard.....



gemini59 says:
I am glad you had found your keys after all! :P
Posted on: May 17, 2010
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Oh what a beautiful morning .....
Oh what a beautiful morning .....
Oh what a beautiful day.....
Oh what a beautiful day.....
To the ferry please
To the ferry please
Ooo another ferry
Ooo another ferry
Yipppeeeeee
Yipppeeeeee
Ahhh the sun on my face....
Ahhh the sun on my face....
Victoria ferry dock
Victoria ferry dock
Look people
Look people
Bye bye Victoria
Bye bye Victoria
Gulf Island ferry
Gulf Island ferry
Leaving Victoria
Leaving Victoria
Onwards to Tsawwassen
Onwards to Tsawwassen
The men I work with :)  they are a…
The men I work with :) they are …
Breaky.....
Breaky.....
Getting close to Tsawwassen
Getting close to Tsawwassen
Let me off already!!!!!!!
Let me off already!!!!!!!
yippeeeee
yippeeeee
drive by
drive by
The dyke walk
The dyke walk
Ooo mountains
Ooo mountains
water...and farm land
water...and farm land
Lonley
Lonley
farmers on one side
farmers on one side
water on the other
water on the other
Peek
Peek
Jacquie...standing tall
Jacquie...standing tall
Such a quiet and peaceful walk
Such a quiet and peaceful walk
Farmers fields...getting ready for…
Farmers fields...getting ready fo…
I love the row of trees
I love the row of trees
mud flats
mud flats
funky bridge
funky bridge
Ladner...where we had lunch
Ladner...where we had lunch
Even the dog was enjoying the day
Even the dog was enjoying the day
Hey lady take my picture please
Hey lady take my picture please
Oooo I love flowerss
Oooo I love flowerss
Cool looking old church
Cool looking old church
Post office
Post office
I loved this sign
I loved this sign
Going home now
Going home now
Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Entering active pass
Entering active pass
Ohhhh ships passing in the night :)
Ohhhh ships passing in the night :)
More wee lightkeepers
More wee lightkeepers
Everyone out on the decks enjoying…
Everyone out on the decks enjoyin…
Aww time to get on the bus...and g…
Aww time to get on the bus...and …
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