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. I flew in the blue “Evening Magazine” de Havilland Otter and even got to ride in the cockpit! (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!) 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. The Strait of Juan de Fuca was partly hidden in the clouds. (This is the body of water that separates the US from Canada.) We landed in Victoria’s Inner Harbour half an hour after takeoff and taxied to a dock near the Empress! I was excited to walk around, so I quickly checked into my hotel and was greeted by this lovely view from my room! My hotel was behind the grand and famous Empress, where my parents honeymooned. 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 and the Legislative buildings. I also saw several cool totem poles and British Columbian art outside the Royal B.C. Museum. My parents have Emily Carr prints in their house! 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! The next morning, as the sun was rising, I 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. [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! The 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!” It was breathtaking to see the Dungeness Spit from the air. I loved flying over Downtown Seattle and seeing Mount Rainier too. 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! Mr. F picked me up and made me a delicious Surf n’ Turf dinner to celebrate my return. He 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!!