The American Volkssport Association has a local group called Olympic Peninsula Explorers which I joined earlier this year.
Our annual Canadian trip was this past weekend of July 24th, and our hosts and hostesses were so gracious and welcoming, it felt like we were coming home.
As we waited for everyone to gather, we watched the boat ballet in the inner harbor.
Once everyone was together, we headed out, past the 1,100 plus restored cars that had gathered for the weekend from all over the NW.
It was reminder to me of the days when I helped my father restore the 1932 Model A Ford and later he was interested in a 1931 Buick, but it was the first experience that taught me how to take apart, and put back together, a combustion engine.
|Victoria water taxi ballet...|
This information has served me well with my own cars. I saw a 1949 Ford convertible, one of my cars from the past, but no 1955 Ford T-Bird. But then we didn't walk past all the cars, either.
What sort of amused me was the high level gloss paint on these restorations, when those of us who once drove some of these cars in their original condition knew the paint job was no where near what can be accomplished today.
|Huge car show with restored vehicles from early years.|
|City gardens featured sweet peas|
along with edible kale and lettuce.
I particularly liked the gnome homes on Pilot Street, and the 10-foot tall holly hocks seen in a back alley cut-through all in the Jamestown area.
|The Garden City Wanderers hosted the OlympicPeninsula|
Explorers in the waterfront park in Victoria, BC.
|Gnome home 'base' planted at|
the base of a maple tree.
|Full view of the gnome home... I intend to do this someplace.|
|Another view of the gnome home.|
|Closeup of room and entry.|
|Another gnome home.|
|Breakwater walkway has recently been completed for enjoyable walks.|
|Another interpretation of a fairy cottage.|
|These flowers are called a name related to eggs, but now I've|
forgotten it... sunny side up?
|Thistle or artichoke? Or just that|
awful stinging nettle BC size?
|Peach colored rose has delicate|
scent... would like to find it for
my own garden.
|Last of the R2AK rowers returning to Victoria?|
I always meet new folks and this was no exception.
The food was delicious, served as a picnic overlooking the Fisherman's Wharf area. There was a broccoli salad with raisins and grapes that was so refreshing and crisp!
|3 p.m. ferry took us back to Port Angeles, WA. It was warm|
until we cleared the harbor and then the gale force winds
drove most of us back inside until arrival.
I was feeling just a little worn out by the time I got home, but a hot bath and some post-exercise vitamins restored everything to normal on the morning after... such a wonderful memory!
|Approaching Port Angeles; see, there's no one on deck!|