We did not make reservation for the ferry in Victoria on the Vancouver Island. Why should we? We have time. And what if we like it so much and decided to stay longer?! Three hours before the planned ferry we arrived and were informed that on the 10:30 ferry there was a 30% chance of getting on board. So we waited and from our position we could see the inside of the ferry almost completely filled up. Our turn came. Ten times forward, ten times backwards, two millimetres from the bumper of the car in front of us, and we were in! Only one car got in after us, only due to the fact that UMM is quite a small car for American standards. The crossing took about one and a half hour. Very comfortable vessel. Even had Wi-Fi. After some time, we saw whales – quite far away, but could see them clearly. Suddenly the ferry began to yaw heavily and there went Sergio, straight outside to catch some air. Marzena was worried about the car, unnecessarily and quite unconsidered to her precious one, who was just about to puke his guts out! Nothing happened neither to the car nor to Sérgio. Everything went ok and we found ourselves, once again, in American soil, more precisely on the Olympic peninsula. And most importantly – we were “sailing” in the Pacific Ocean. We still didn’t touch it, but time will come.
We spend the night in the rainforest. Rainforest because it rains a lot. This time it was drizzling, so we waited in the car for some improvement, improvement that did not came! No other choice, we had to do it one more time in rain. Not nice.
When we were in Yellowstone, Marzena was in contact with Andrea and Thomas, (whom we met on the ship that brought us from Liverpool), and said they would be around for a month around Eugene, Oregon. Maybe this time we will meet?!
Our meetings history is quite … complicated. Still in Halifax, just after arriving, we arranged a joint trip on the Cape Breton peninsula. It was difficult to match the date, first of all because UMM is a very fast vehicle, making it very difficult for Thomas to keep up the pace :))). Second, Marzena kept forgetting parts of our tent in the overnight spots! Yes, it’s the absolute truth. One day before the agreed date, we arrived at the designated spot and wait for them. We started the process of erecting our lovely tent and … it turned out that Marzena had left the ladder support about 250 km away, on the previous overnight spot. We had to go back for it and had no way to contact Andrea. In the meantime, Andrea and Thomas arrived and, of course, did not find us. They did send SMS but we had no coverage. We arrived the next day morning but were unable to find them. It turned out that we were 10 km away from each other. So, no meeting.
In Eugene we were only one hour apart and the meeting was successful. We talked, walked on the beach and agreed the place for the next encounter. It was set for Utah. Let’s see if it will happen.