I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Living on the Water
One thing we have discovered since we
started traveling is that we like being on the water. In Spain we were half a
block from the Mediterranean, in Portugal we were in a fishing town, Budapest
had us overlooking the Danube, Chester was on the River Dee, and living on a
narrowboat for two weeks in England was a favorite vacation adventure. In Italy
we were landlocked, and to be honest we missed the water.
Living on the Water
Now here we are off on a 43 day cruise
across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand, and will be on the ocean for weeks and
weeks. What better way to start this adventure than a water taxi to Fisherman’s
Wharf to see the floating homes there, and see how people actually “Live” on
the water here in Victoria.
Watch out for float planes!
The weather forecast for Victoria was calling
for rain, so we did not expect much, but although we woke to a downpour, the
sun came out and we had a pleasant day. We walked down to the inner harbor
across from the famous Empress Hotel, and caught a cute little water taxi out
to Fisherman’s Wharf. Now there were a few fishing boats down at one end of the
wharves but this is mostly a tourist attraction now, with floating homes, restaurants,
and souvenir shops outnumbering the actual fishing boats.
The water taxis are cute little boats that
actually look too top-heavy to be seaworthy, but they scoot around Victoria’s
harbor ferrying folks wherever they wish to go. In fact they even do a special
Water Taxi Ballet in the summer. Check it out on youtube . . . Our taxi got us
safely to Fisherman’s wharf, dodging float planes, ferries to Seattle, and
various other Victoria Harbor watercraft, depositing us at the wharf, with a
cheerful “See you on the way back”.
A house on a boat
Regis is a big fan of the many HGTV “Home
Improvement”, shows including the “My Floating Home” series where they build
houses that are moored in harbors, canals or rivers. Here at Fisherman’s Wharf
we actually got to see some of these floating houses. It was interesting to
wander down the wharf and see these unique homes. There was everything from a
little Hobbit house to a converted boat with a huge party patio on the roof.
Our return water taxi pilot told us that
one recently sold for around $250,000.00 and the monthly mooring fee is
$800.00, so I do not think I am buying one any time soon.