Scott can you confirm if the Esquitmalt will be doing a MD sailing on Sunday. If so, maybe we should cancel the Tswassen and do the Esquimalt as that is a rare trip compared to the Tsawwassen which will be on Route 9 for the month.
I'm meeting up with Scott at Horseshoe bay around 8:00am, and we'll be watching the Renaissance leave the bay at 8:30am. Then we'll mosey on down to the Lonsdale area to check up on the New West. Then finally we'll arrive at Tsawwassen in time to watch the Tsawwassen arrive, which we will probably arrive around 10:10am.
I'm still coming, as well. I should be arriving at Tsawwassen around 10:00 or so. I had hoped to do an early morning trip on Steilacoom II on my way up tomorrow morning, but it looks like WSF has canceled the first two PT-KEY runs due to low tides. Darn! I guess I'll have to do that trip some other day, so I guess tomorrow will be my usual Bainbridge to Seattle ferry ride, then the drive up to Tsawwassen.
Post by Koastal Karl on May 3, 2008 18:53:20 GMT -8
Well if most people arent arriving till 10am or so I think I will take the 9am with Rob and meet you guys at Tsawwassen or onboard. If the 9am is really late for some reason me and Rob can meet you at Galiano on the way your way over. I dont think we will have a problem though.
I woke up at 6 am this morning, bright and sunny, birds chirping, looks like it's gonna be a great day! Yeah, well, not really. my 340 was pretty full considering it was the first run of the day, and the SkyTrain was pretty packed for the Vancouver Marathon, our train was full leaving Broadway. By the time I got to Waterfront and on a SeaBus it wasn't bad at all.
I met up with Scott, Chris and Ernie on the pier at Lonsdale Quay, and after getting a few shots, I decided it would be a good idea to go for a ride out to Tsawwassen (Chris, if I owe you any gas money, let me know). I managed to get into the terminal without a ticket (since I wasn't riding the Tsawwassen) to get some photos from Berth 2. Mac showed up, shortly followed by Dane. After Mac left, we were on the hunt for Karl & the Victorians (I sense a future name for a band right there). I left them there, and hopped on at 620 bus and left. Not an exciting trip back, just a lot of rattling on the crappy community shuttle buses on the C76...
Post by Koastal Karl on May 4, 2008 21:14:11 GMT -8
Well I just got back from the trip. It started out by me meeting up with Mirlees around 8:30am at Swartz Bay where we took the 9am SOBC sailing to Tsawwassen. We ended up arriving at Tsawwassen just after the Tsawwassen arrived. Quickly walked off and went and purchased our tickets for the 11:10am sailing to Long Harbour. Soon as we were onboard the Tsawwassen we met up with everyone at the bow. The trip to Long Harbour was pretty uneventful. The weather was great so we spent alot of time outside and eventually we all came home sunburnt. We met up with Donella at Otter Bay and proceeded to Long Harbour where it took about three times to finally dock as it was the first day the route 9 crew had the Tsawwassen again. Once we were off we walked through the woods area down the rocks on the shore to get a few group shots and some photos of the Tsawwassen. After that headed back to the terminal and just hung around in the wating room till it was time to board again and head back to Tsawwassen. We tried to get a bridge tour but it wasent a good time as it was the first day for the crew having her on route 9. Spent some time on the car deck talking to that crew member Chris knows who has some photos on flickr. Then we were at Sturdies Bay. The trip from Sturdies Bay to Tsawwassen was packed. I never seen it that busy on the Tsawwassen before and it was also late leaving Sturdies Bay. When we went to disembark at Tsawwassen foot passengers were lined up the stairs to the passenger decks waiting to get off. From there everyone went their own ways and me Mirlees and Donella took the 7pm SOBC back to Swartz Bay. So yeah that ended another fun day of ferry riding.
This was the first Forum group trip/event that I have participated in, so it was nice for me to put faces to some of the names here, and to meet everyone who was there, and it was equally great that we had such a large turnout.
My day, like many of the others, started early. I was up at 5:30 so I could catch the 7:05am sailing from Bainbridge to Seattle. After arriving in Seattle at 7:40, I made a beeline for the border on I-5, arriving there around 9:45. There were only 6 cars in front of me at the Truck Crossing, so that process went quickly. I arrived at Tsawwassen at 10:15. I met Dane inside Departures around 10:40. We walked on together and made our way up to the bow, then the rest of the group started showing up.
We spent most of our time out on deck, either fore or aft, for the sailing to the islands. At Long Harbour, we had a little adventure getting down to the beach as it was rather steep, but it made for a nice group photo. It was great getting to meet everyone, and of course, for the chance to ride on the venerable Queen of Tsawwassen.
After getting back to Tsawwassen, I headed back to the border and found no waits getting back into the US, which was surprising to me considering it was a Sunday evening. I grabbed dinner in Burlington, then caught the 10:00pm Edmonds to Kingston sailing, and made it home by 10:45, so it was a pretty long day for me, but thoroughly enjoyable.
I'll post photos in the photos thread once I download and organize them.
Friends, I just want to say that this was an excellent trip. The conversation was in depth and friendly, the weather was top-notch and the atmosphere was beyond friendly. We're a family!
I especially enjoyed meeting Neil and Orcas Native. You guys are great and have a lot of interesting life experiences to share, and for once I wasn't the oldest and didn't have to feel like the chaperone for all those rowdy kids, ha-ha.
I will post a group trip report later, but I'm kinda tired tonight.
Post by Retrovision on May 5, 2008 22:46:54 GMT -8
Sounds like you folks had a good time. You're lucky on two fronts for getting down to the shore alongside the berth: The tide was low enough - those trees basically come right down to the rocky waterline - and you weren't yelled at by crew on the ship as I have been for not following non existant signage telling you to keep away (When told that I wasn't allowed to be down there myself a couple years ago, I pointed up to the sign facing the water and said that the sign is up there and aimed at those approaching the shore and not coming from it).
No photos from me, just a belated acknowledgment of an enjoyable day on the water with the forum group. Nice people, interesting chat, and of course, the can't-miss scenery of our Gulf Islands on a relatively warm, somewhat sunny Sunday showed me why people enjoy these outings.