I went to Victoria B.C. for my first business trip!

IMG_0149 After prepping and training for 6 months, my first business trip took me to Victoria, B.C.! My flight via seaplane took off from Lake Union, only a couple of miles from our house.  IMG_0151 I flew in the blue “Evening Magazine” de Havilland Otter and even got to ride in the cockpit! IMG_0155 (The pilot and I walked down the ramp to the plane together and I mentioned this was my first seaplane ride, so he suggested I ride up front!)IMG_0163 It was amazing to fly over my house, across the Puget Sound, and over the Olympic Peninsula. Mount Baker was visible in the distance and I saw an island, that I had never heard of, called Protection Island, West of Whidbey Island.  IMG_0191 IMG_0194 The Strait of Juan de Fuca was partly hidden in the clouds. (This is the body of water that separates the US from Canada.) IMG_0207 IMG_0214 We landed in Victoria’s Inner Harbour half an hour after takeoff and taxied to a dock near the Empress! IMG_0259 IMG_0261 I was excited to walk around, so I quickly checked into my hotel and was greeted by this lovely view from my room!IMG_0263 IMG_0264 My hotel was behind the grand and famous Empress, IMG_0266where my parents honeymooned. IMG_0268 For dinner, I went to a fun vegetarian restaurant called, Re-bar in Bastion Square that my co-worker had suggested! I was so full (from my butternut squash and black bean enchiladas) that I walked around the harbor for another hour watching the sun set on the Empress IMG_0314 and the Legislative buildings.  IMG_0330I also saw several cool totem poles and British Columbian art outside the Royal B.C. Museum. IMG_0350 My parents have Emily Carr prints in their house! IMG_0354 IMG_0355 It was so nice to arrive the night before my site visit, and have time to relax a little. I ended up going to bed pretty early, in anticipation, and enjoyed the rest of the sunset over the Sooke Hills from my room! IMG_0361 The next morning, as the sun was rising, IMG_0371I went for a quick run to see more of the downtown. I saw the Victoria Clipper and Blackball ferry docks, along Belleville Street and doubled back to Government Street towards the Upper Harbour. Victoria[Map from http://www.explorevancouverisland.com/Victoria_Vancouver_Island_BC_Canada.htm] I had a 7am teleconference so I ordered room service to meet me when I got back from my run! IMG_0375The rest of Thursday was spent at the site, where I learned alot and then the evening was spent running reports and writing memos. I did not take any other photos because I was too busy working. Friday was also jammed packed but the seaplane flight home was phenomenal. As a friend said, “a sunny day on Kenmore Air is like the best ever Disneyland ride!”IMG_0411 IMG_0439 IMG_0450 It was breathtaking to see the Dungeness Spit from the air. IMG_0459 I loved flying over Downtown Seattle and seeing Mount Rainier too.IMG_0488 I didn’t even mind that I was on the wrong side of the plane to see the Space Needle. It was only a 10 seater plane, so I could still see it pretty clearly! IMG_0504 Mr. F picked me up and made me a delicious Surf n’ Turf dinner to celebrate my return. IMG_0528He also made cheesy steamed kale with a cucumber, tomato, feta and eggplant salad! I’m also fortunate that I’ll return to Victoria for 3 more site visits in the next month!!

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