The best part of any trip is getting home. It's wonderful to sleep in my own bed, and find clothes that are not in a suitcase! We had a fantastic trip. The Terrors are excellent travelers. They play, read, sleep, and generally love the adventure of hotel rooms.
We left home last Wednesday and drove as far as Bell 2 Lodge. It's really a neat place, but the price was nuts. I thought Hubby might have a stroke at breakfast....a fortune for pretty bad food. Thursday we drove to Prince Rupert and stayed there overnight. Well, not so much all night. We had to check in at the ferry terminal at 4:30 AM. That's about 3 hours before morning. I remember a time when coming home at 4 was normal! In fact, a number of folks on the ferry had clearly staggered in from a party, and crashed once the ferry was on it's way.
The ferry ride was amazing. In the past, I have not done well on ferries. I hate the feeling of being trapped in the middle of the ocean with all those annoying strangers. I get claustrophobic and seasick and all round bitchy. I know Hubby was really looking forward to the 6 hour ride! But this time, I did great. The ocean was calm. The ferry was not crowded. And I was too distracted by the whales to be bitchy! WHALES!! Right next to the ship! And dolphins!!
We got to the Queen Charlottes just after noon, and drove to Masset, where Hubby's parents both live. What a gorgeous place. Everyone says the islands are special, but until you see the rain forest, and stand on the edge of the ocean, it's just not possible to understand. Girl Terror didn't have the words for what she was feeling, and finally settled on "When I see the ocean, my heart feels so proud!"
We spent Friday afternoon until Monday morning with the grandparents, and taking trips to the ocean to collect rocks and shells. Hubby took some wonderful pictures of the rain forest, but it's impossible to capture the grandeur on film.
A return ferry trip, and looong night drive, and two hotels later, we are back home. Like I said, the best part of any trip is coming home. Although, if I could have stayed on the beach forever, I would have.