Thursday, June 30, 2011

Boating with Captain Don and Nancy

A few of Luke's teammates at Bellarmine University are from Victoria and over the last three years we've met up with all of them in Kentucky at one time or another. Our trip to Victoria allowed us to meet up with them on their home turf.

One day Don and Nancy, Mitch's parents, took Kevin, Luke and I out on their beautiful boat! Very fancy! It can sleep up to 12 (Kevin corrected me and said it sleeps 6, though I could have sworn Nancy said 12 ... hard as that is to imagine), though I wouldn't want to try that. Fitting 12 people into the living quarters strikes me as similar to seeing how many people you can get into a phone booth. Still, the boat is much more spacious than I would have imagined from the outside. Mitch was somewhere else fishing that day. Fishing is his passion. Lacrosse is something he does on the side.

Nancy brought party fixings and we had a grand time on the boat. The day started off a bit windy so Captain Don toured us through the Victoria harbour, which was also bigger than I had originally thought. The wind died down later in the afternoon and the sun shone beautifully. We weighed anchor and just enjoyed the scenery.

We had a few beers, of course. It was too hot not to!

It is crazy freaky to watch the water planes fly into the harbour to land! It looks like they're landing in the middle of the city ... and they kind of are.

I was also amazed to see the houses/shacks in the harbour. Right on the water! Right downtown!

For we landlocked landlubbers, seeing so many boats is cool!

There are some seals that are regulars at the marina where Don and Nancy dock their boat. They were fun to watch so close.

When they want food, they slap the water to get attention.

We also saw seals on a little rocky island out further in the ocean.

They were sunning themselves.
There are, of course, some ginormous homes along the water. Kevin and I had thought about pricing them out but I think they'd get too much wind off the ocean, don't you?

This one was especially ridiculous!

I think Kevin fancies himself a sailor! 

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