September 3. Sunset over Southern Vancouver Island on a sea as still as the water in my glass.
Picking up the pilot of Ogden Point, Victoria, BC. A scene we normally see from our window or along the Dallas Road Waterfront. (Patrick Lawson photo)
A perfect evening after a day of fog, with the Victoria coastline so clear we can make out not only our apartment building but the flowers on our balcony. Well, almost.
Mist over the river (Patrick Lawson photo)
Night passage up the Columbia River under a full moon. A blue moon, since it’s the second one in August. Daybreak is stunning.
Spend the day in Portland. Markets, markets.
Back again the next day, this time taking a cab from the terminal only as far as the Expo Centre (a quarter of the cost of going downtown) and hopping on the wonderful light rail MAX. For $5.00 an all day pass, anywhere you want to go. (Only $2 for Patrick) Finally found some binoculars and tried them out on a walk along the Willemette River before returning to the ship. Almost 2 full days shore leave.
Mist over farmlands, along the Columbia River (Patrick Lawson photo)