Vivacious Victoria

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We continued up Hurricane Ridge Road this morning from the campground in Olympic National Park to a brilliant overlook at the top. It was freezing!  The mountains were glorious and the Visitor's Center up there was full of exhibits and gorgeous views.  We saw deer along the way and the construction was halted on Saturday, leaving us with a nice, smooth road along the mountainside.  Very nice!

The 12:15 pm fast ferry (private ferries only between Port Angeles and Victoria) to Victoria took only an hour.  We'd parked Ciao Baby in a lot next to the dock ($5/day)- plenty of room. 

Victoria is a gorgeous, sparkling city that we admired from the top, front seat of a double-decker bus!  An $80 family-rate provided 90 minutes of live commentary as we drove around a brilliant day- that is a terrific way to see a city! 

We enjoyed dinner in the Cactus Club, a hip place with delicious food.  A visit to Roger's Chocolates (1885) was a must because we'd seen them all over Canada and they are made in Victoria!  I would love to return to Victoria for a weekend and stay in the Empress Princess Hotel, with the ivy growing on the castle-like building.  The street-performers along the riverfront, teak boat show, quaint streets, beautiful trees, and gorgeous architecture make it a delightful city- it reminded me of Disney's Celebration neighborhood on a magnificent scale!

We took the last ferry back (on the other ferry line that was much bigger) at 7:30 pm.  It took 1.5 hours and we had to go through U.S. Customs twice (once for passports and then again upon arrival for declarations).  By the time we'd gotten in Ciao Baby, it was around 9:30 pm.  It would have been nice to take Ciao over there and stay a few nights, but lack of time and a difficult ferry schedule to Lopez Island meant that day-tripping worked best for us.

We camped at Fort Townsend State Park ($17 dry) at 11 pm, in preparation for our ferry the next morning across Port Townsend.

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