|Today we got up to see a bear walking up the hill a couple sites down, we thought he was going for the people's breakfast who had it spread all over. It didn't, but walked up through the yurts, I don't think the other people even saw the black bear. Dad had gone for an early bike and saw the bear when he came back. We drove past some signs for the Olympics and through Vancouver. It was a bustling hive of activity, with people shopping, making deliveries, winding their cars through town, going to work, or riding the trollies which were attached to lines overhead.
At the border crossing the line stretched more than a kilometer, but moved fairly fast. An ice cream man rolled his cart up and down the line. We saw the peace arch and Canadian and American flags made from living flowers. The line split into two categories,normal cars and frequent crossers and oversize vehicles. We went into the normal car lane and around a ninety degree turn oversize vehicles could not have made. The guy who scanned our passports was really concerned about why Dad was driving his brother's van. He also mistook me for Emily's mom, because he asked when Emily was going back to school. Also, I was sitting in the front seat.
From there we went to Anacortes to catch the ferry. The price had gone up dramatically from around twenty to about eighty for a vehicle ferry ticket. We were standby number nine, meaning they would stick us on the five o' five if there was room if not we would go on the eight. We got on the former and set out for San Juan Island. On the way we saw seals and seagulls in the water and saw all kinds of boats on it. We even saw a couple schooners.
Once we landed we went to Peter and Susan's house. Their house is lower on the back side and the roof slopes upward to make eaves over the wide windows, which together with wooden frames make up the front. Several cliff swallows had made nests in the eaves and a regular swallow had a nest with chicks in it on a rafter in the corner of the porch. Before we had dinner we picked some peas and gave most of them to the chickens. The chickens loved the peas, but only pecked at the pods. There were four hens and one wuss of a rooster. After a dinner of spaghetti, we had cherry pie a la mode and then tea. We slept in the van in the stony driveway.