Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wanting to Watch Whales

We started the day on Granville Island where the trees were green, the sky was brilliant blue, and the merchants were hauling in their supplies for the day.  I saw a vendor go by with boxes and boxes of cherries.  They were $10/pound so I don't expect he will sell many.  Then again, I'm admittedly cheaper than most people.
Eliz arrived on her trusty Bernard.  Bernard is her only source of transportation while we are here as we commandeered her vehicle. 
 We bought our morning caffeine at Off the Tracks Cafe ...
found a place with a view ... 
...and did what all sane people do over morning coffee ... we played Scrabble.

We had time for two games and each won one so our friendship continues.

Bob read the Vancouver Sun while we played.  He used to play against me; that ended years ago when I played the word MARRIAGE on a triple-triple.  Our marriage survived, but our days of playing Scrabble against each other did not.

Elizabeth headed off to work and Bob & I headed to a whale watchng tour.  The company has a 90% rate of people seeing whales on the tours and you get a certificate for a free tour next time if no whales are spotted.

Here's the bad news first:
We have coupons for another trip as no whales appeared. There were five boats out and there were no sightings.  Our guides kept vigilant watch.
We were out for five hours and it was truly lovely on the water.  We went across as far as Gabriola Island.

 By hour three, Bob was looking this bored.
By hour four we were pretending these were the Irish cliffs on the Aran Islands. 
Our booby prize was that we saw harbor seals and California sea lions.

Once back on terra firma, we found a You Gotta Eat Here diner for supper.
I went with the guacamole grilled cheese and, Jocelyn, the fries that came with it compare to Popeye's.  Michelle and Angela, you will be happy for Bob's sake; he was allowed to order milk here.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a great Salvation Army Thrift Shop. Leah & Barb, these two French Press looked unused and they were each $7.99.  The store had lots and lots of sushi dishes.  I always like to see how items vary from place to place.  Not far from this store was a St. Vincent de Paul Thrift and Antique Store.  It was closed for the day, but looking at items and prices through the window brought chuckles.  An 18" piece of driftwood was marked $49.99.
Bob's on the bed with brochures all around so planning is happening for tomorrow.  We know we are starting the day with a Scrabble breakfast and ending the day seeing Elizabeth's show Hand to God.

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