We covered a lot of ground on our Pacific Northwest vacation and as a special treat for me, D was pretty adamant that we check out a seaplane for one leg of our trip. After hearing the roar of the de Havilland planes as they landed near our Lake Union hotel, I was ready to see the inside of one for myself!
It was a gloomy Monday when we walked over to Kenmore Air and took the one hour flight from Seattle to Victoria (on Vancouver Island). You can see so much more from the lower altitude flight of a seaplane. It was a bit noisy in the air, but I didn’t mind. I was having a great time looking out the window as we flew over the San Juan Islands. Orcas are common in this area and I was busy scanning the water below. We didn’t see any during our flight, but more about whales in a future post.
Customs in the harbor of Victoria was the easiest international arrival I’ve ever had. This alone made it worth de-planing with only 10 passengers on the “Otter,” instead of the hundreds that could have been on a ferry. By the time we were ready to check out Victoria, there was a blue sky and plenty of sunshine waiting for us.