3500 km, 1 new water pump, 3 weeks and too many cups of coffee later, we are back home in beautiful but rainy Vancouver. The van smells aweful and the pile of laundry is huge but we are happy as clams.
We left Terrace, BC, early on Friday morning to drive the 1.5 hours to Prince Rupert. What a spectular drive along the Skeena River, bound in my the coast mountains and heading for the ocean again ! In Prince Rupert, we presented to three different groups of senior school students at Charles Hayes Secondary about the ills of single use plastics, the need to take care of our oceans and the joy of finding a way to be able to follow your dreams. Living on the ocean and fishing be a huge part of the economic make-up of Prince Rupert it was a fantastic opportunity to be able to chat to the next generation of fisherman. Thanks to all at Charles Hayes Secondary.
We also were fortunate enough to explore the local area and be able to attempt to climb one of the local peaks. While snow foiled our attempt, we became intimately aware of what muskeg is ! Our three hour hike was pretty much done in ankle deep water and across patches of snow. Not perfect, but good to burn off some energy after so much driving.
Rather than drive the 20-so hours home, we took the BC Ferries Inside Passage Ferry
from Prince Rupert down to Port Hardy. Stunning, does not to this trip justice. Incredible, is an understatement. We also got to ride on the brand new ferry with all the bells and whistles, since the last one somehow managed to hit one of the pesky islands that always popping up !