What a beautiful day after a morning of fog as we left the pacific and headed inland.   We have been so lucky on this trip…no rain, and once we hit Cabo, great temperatures.  

We rented a van with Glenn&Will and Ian&Mike and headed off for Butchart Gardens. Really beautiful, lots of tulips and amazing rhododendrons.   Mike and I had afternoon tea, a first for him.  He even had their 100th anniversary mix that included gunpowder.  

We then took a scenic drive along the bay through some of the older and more pricy residential neighborhoods.  We made a drive by of Craigdarroch castle, a huge Victorian.  Ran into Sandy and Maureen there who recommended we go by Mt. Tolmie for incredible views.  We did and they were right. 

After returning the rental, we met Jeff, Ken, Gary and Marie at the Empress Hotel for a final Friends of Dorthy meeting.  Beautiful old hotel and very tasty drinks in the Bengal Lounge.   I wish we had of been hungry as they serve a delicious looking curry buffet in the bar.   

We returned to the ship and Mike and I finished up the Manhattens we had brought aboard in Tampa with delicious wings from the Sports Bar and then grabbed dinner from the buffet.  

We finished up our packing…most was done on the last two sea days.   After a nightcap on the balcony to finish up the last of the ammaretto, we hit the sack.  

 When we woke up…. 
 Five minutes later it was pea soup…..  






  Castle Craigdorrach

  That’s Mr Rainer in the distance…apparently a very rare sighting in Victoria.   










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  1. Ah, those photos were all a trip down memory lane for me Clay. have been to butchardt gardens 4 times over the years and also craigdarroch castles and just missed out on high tea at the empress last year when i had to cancel my sept trip there and to the east coast of usa to take in the fall colours. thanks for the lovely photos. sounds like you had a great time!


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