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Where are we?  We're now settled for the winter in Victoria, BC on the south end of Vancouver Island. 

map

You might notice that Vancouver is at the top of the map, on the mainland... not on Vancouver Island.  The yellow line is the US-Canada border, and the group of islands under the "RES" of our boat name are the San Juans.  We traveled as far south as Tacoma, and much farther north than this map shows in this first season of cruising the Pacific NW.

Here we are at the dock - decorated for Christmas, with the lights of Parliament in the background.

adventures decked out for the holidays

Victoria is a lovely small city, and it really goes all out for the holidays.  The first big event for us was to go see Tuba Christmas - a 40 year old tradition where musicians of all ages come together to perform.  It's a very special memory for us since we always went with our friends the Halls to hear Ed play.  We even trooped up to NYC one year to hear him play on the ice at Rockefeller Center!  We loved hearing all the music and getting into the holiday spirit, despite the fact that this year Victoria was in the midst of an unusual cold snap - the temp was 20 degrees.  Imagine holding a big chunk of brass and playing in that!  (Today we're back in the mid-40s - typical winter temps.)

tuba christmas

With frozen toes but a bounce in our step we headed home to watch the boats gather for the evening's lighted boat parade. 

parade boats gathering

The sailboat approaching the dock turned out to be the star of the parade.  He had an animated Santa that popped out of a package, with balloons that floated up.

best boat

We've participated in the Annapolis boat parade (cold!) and enjoyed watching them in the balmy Florida Keys.  Despite the bitter cold, Victoria's parade did not disappoint, and it only started after the amazing lighted truck parade moved through town!

parade

There is a lot more to photograph around town - all the pretty lights and decorated store windows.  Now that it's warmer, it's much more appealing to go out with my camera after dark. 

It has been pretty quiet around our dock, and we were hoping to meet more liveaboard neighbors... but there don't seem to be many, and people aren't outside as much in the colder weather.  We're working on finding people and community that we can connect with for the winter months, and I'm sure we will. 


 
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