Now THAT’S Foreign Policy Experience…

We’re back from 2 days in Victoria. It’s like the U.S., but it’s cleaner, and you don’t have to worry that someone else might have a gun, but I digress.

The travel each way was fine. We took the Coho Ferry from Port Angeles, it is a 23 mile ferry crossing. The ferry was cool – it was like a mini cruise ship, except that you drive your car right on. Unlike a cruise ship, you could feel the rocking of the ship, but it wasn’t too bad.

We found a pub on Friday night for dinner, Spinnakers, that was a short walk from our hotel. Saturday, I had conference attending to do. There were some good talks, and at least a couple of things I can bring back to work that will be useful for us. Saturday night we walked into “downtown” Victoria, and ate at a Tapas bar. Really yummy food! We have one here in Ballard, but we haven’t made it there yet.

Things got off to an early start this Morning. We had to line up for the return ferry at 9:00am for a 10:30am departure. It was about 12:45 before we were off the ferry and through US customs back in Washington. (We did have to cross a narrow maritime border between the Canada and United States.) There was a great lunch at Taco Bell (needed something fast), and then driving back to Bainbridge Island. We got the ferry terminal there around 2:50 for a 2:55 ferry. It looked for a moment like we wouldn’t make it, but there turned out to be plenty of room on the car deck!

Once we get back to the downtown Seattle waterfront, we’re only 5 miles north on 15th Ave W/NW. We picked up Ruby and Matilda along the way. They both had a bath today, and they look like they were put in the dryer – they are really fluffy. We’ll snap some pictures tonight.

Luckily we come home to a beautiful Seattle day – clear skies. We could see all the mountain ranges and distinct beaks (Baker, Rainier) as we drove and boated. I will say that traveling by boat is a good way to go. It’s a very relaxed way to travel.

Also – on the ferry ride up, I purchased “Mike’s Election Guide” (Michael Moore) on my Kindle. First – it’s really cool that I can wirelessly buy a book, on a boat, several miles offshore. Second – this is a really good book! I don’t necessarily agree with his solutions to problems, but Moore does a great job at pointing out what exactly is wrong with this country, what is wrong with the current administration (and how John McCain will continue this), and he proposes some solutions to these problems. If you are an undecided voter and/or you are unhappy with how things are going in the country, then I highly recommend you read this book before the election.