Sunday, March 31, 2013

Victoria Part II

So this is still part of the second day.  Looking back I can't believe how much we crammed into our days, I had to do an outfit check on the pictures just to make sure that it really was the same day.  No wonder we were so exhausted by the time we got home and no wonder my kids spent the next three days watching 8 hrs of Disney Channel after we got back.  So after the Goldstream Park, we drove to the Hatley Castle, which really wasn't that cool.  It's actually a part of a university now and is used for administrative offices, so we didn't tour the inside because there's not much to see.  But it was on our way to our next stop and it was pretty to look at from the outside. 

Our next stop was the Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard lighthouse.  Jayden loved all the old cannons, gun magazines and artillary.  Should I be concerned about how overly excited he got about weapons? Probably. We had the place pretty much to ourselves (the only upside to traveling in off season) and they enjoyed running around the old ruins of what was once an important military fort.

The lookout point had the most fabulous views of the ocean and the lighthouse. Lighthouses are so romantic.

I love how the sea and sky just seem to blend together.  This was probably the first time we had seen the sun all week long and it made for some spectacular views.

They had some interesting history facts and interactive games for the kids inside of the lighthouse. Plus it had the cutest white wood plank floors and Tiffany blue walls.  Kinda made me want to become the keeper of the lighthouse, too bad it's all done with electricity now. 

From there we headed over to the Fisherman's wharf where the kids loved feeding the sea lions.  They said it was their favorite part of the trip.  Man, we could have saved a lot of money and just hung out at the wharf all day.

They had these really quirky floating houses there.  Like they were for reals houses and they were for reals just floating at the docks.  You would walk by and see people inside washing dishes or on their couch watching tv, it was bizarre. One was even for sale.  For $300,000 you could be the proud owner of a house that rocks during storms and has a constant stream of tourists pearing in your windows.  Tempting.

Kylie decided this green house is the one she would want to live in.  After that we went back to the hotel, ordered pizza, swam in the pool, played a few rounds of Uno and then slept like a rock.


Janessa said...

Dang, you aren't kidding. You guys pack it in! That's impressive considering you have four kids in tow. I LOVE the light house pics. I've always wanted to visit one. It's on my bucket list. I would totally move in with you if you ever decide to become a lighthouse keeper. Taylor would have been in heaven too with all the weapons. What a fun place to explore! I'll bet that was so fun to feed the sea lions. Such neat experiences! The floating houses are pretty interesting. I don't know that I'd go for one but cool to see!

Chelsea said...

seriously with that lighthouse picture? its all sorts of unreal. These pics are breathtaking. And how sad that I have never even heard of any of these places you visited! I didn't even know Vancouver/Victoria were places people go on vacation. Sad, deprived little world I live in. Can you please adopt me? and my children?