Part of my job involves testing mammography equipment, making sure it’s up-to-snuff, in terms of all things physics. I enjoy this part of my job, as it’s nice to have a change of scenery (i.e. gets me out of the office) and I get to travel a bit to (sometimes) remote parts of BC.
Every year, during the second week of September, I head over to Vancouver Island for a few days for work. The site I visit in Duncan is one of my favourite – the technologists are very helpful and treat me very well, and they’re always so well-prepared. It makes my job much easier!
And the other reason I like this part of my job? I get to take the ferry to the island! Midweek, after all the children are back in school and the summer-vacationers have finished traveling, taking the ferry is quite relaxing.
I always take the first ferry out, which makes for an early start, but then I get to see the sun rise as we head out of Horseshoe Bay (and you know I like a good sunrise!). The clouds were starting to lift, giving me a great view of downtown Vancouver and Mt Baker in the background.
I wanted to take a few pictures of the totem poles in Duncan but I had to rush back to Nanaimo to visit the mammography site before everyone left for the day, so those pictures will have to wait another year 🙂
If you’ve never been to Nanaimo, I’d recommend staying in the Historic Downtown, near the harbour. I always stay at the Coast Bastion Inn, and was given a room upgrade this time (whoo hoo!), which placed me up on the 10th floor with a neat view of both the harbour and the downtown.
The view of the sun setting was truly spectactular.
I decided to pick up a coffee and fresh-baked scone from Javawocky, and take an early-morning stroll along the harbour to watch the float-planes come in, soak up some sunshine and get in a bit of exercise!
The ferry ride back to Vancouver was fairly uneventful. The sun was shining brightly and the outer decks were full… then an announcement was made that there was a humpback whale about 200 meters off the starboard side of the boat (which made the outer decks REALLY full!). Then we sailed through a thick patch of fog, which promptly sent everyone back inside, except for those few passengers, enjoying the calm, peace and quiet 🙂
We left the fog, just as we rounded the corner back into Horseshoe Bay.
It was a hard day of work 😉