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#1 OFFLINE   Wendy

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 09:07 PM

I am thinking of organizing another TC rally for next summer.  Chris and I would like to host the rally at the Sooke Potholes Campground which is run by TLC (The Land Conservancy).  We are looking at late August or early September for this event but would like to get feedback from interested parties.  The campground is located near the end of the Galloping Goose bicycle trail (a 55 kilometre hiking and cycling trail that goes from Sooke to downtown Victoria).  There is swimming in the potholes, fishing in the river, hundreds of geocaches close-by.  I'm thinking of having a team geocaching activity.  There is also Ziplining a few kilometres away, Chris and I have done it and it's a hoot, as well as whale watching tours, kayak rentals in the Sooke Basin, and really great hiking.  Oh, also some pretty awesome mountain bike trails.  Here are some links for you all to check out.

Campground http://blog.conserva...les-campground/

Galloping Goose Trail  http://www.crd.bc.ca...alloping-goose/

Zip Line  http://www.adrenalinezip.com

Whale watching  http://www.sookewhalewatching.com

Kayaking  http://www.rush-adventures.com

And finally the Sooke area  http://www.discovers.../recreation.php

 

So give me some feedback folks and tell me what you think.

 

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Posted 14 September 2013 - 10:30 PM

I would be interested


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 08:38 AM

Nice area use to ride the galloping goose trail when we lived in the area would be interested have to save up for the ferry.
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Posted 15 September 2013 - 11:16 AM

for us we would need to get our passports. my wife has got to find her birth certificate. she was adopted so getting a hold of another  one is proving to be difficult.

I will keep an eye on this and im curious as to what days exactly. since I have annual plans for labor day weekend I have that time frame out for me. im also curious on fees to ferry the camper over. looks like a great place with a lot to do. it would be fun.


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Posted 15 September 2013 - 04:33 PM

If I can get JoAnn to retire by then...  



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Posted 15 September 2013 - 04:55 PM

for us we would need to get our passports. my wife has got to find her birth certificate. she was adopted so getting a hold of another  one is proving to be difficult.
I will keep an eye on this and im curious as to what days exactly. since I have annual plans for labor day weekend I have that time frame out for me. im also curious on fees to ferry the camper over. looks like a great place with a lot to do. it would be fun.

It will cost about $100 - $120 each way so about $200 - $240 return there is lots to see on the island if you have time.
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Posted 16 September 2013 - 07:12 AM

Can just picture the ferries Captain face seeing 10 or more TC lining up to cross at once.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 11:24 AM

The ferries are large enough to accept multiple semi trailers per run. TC's are nothing for them.

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:46 PM

When we took the ferry over a couple of years ago, we were dwarfed by the many, many tour busses and semi's down in the bowels of the ship.  These aren't like the dinky ferries we have here in Washington State.

 

Vancouver Island is a wonderful place to visit with your camper (just stay away from downtown Victoria: narrow streets and no parking).

 

If in August, Wendy, we're in.


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Posted 16 September 2013 - 08:34 PM

I know that, just remembering some of the ferries back in the 60's. They were not your super ferries of today.


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Posted 17 September 2013 - 02:04 PM

You have to time it for the right ferry. About every second one is one of the big ones.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 07:15 AM

watching this to see if a specific date(s) are made. might work out with our plans for other events we are attending in that time period.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:13 PM

So it looks as though we have 2 that would prefer late August so far.

Here is a breakdown of what the ferries would cost for us, my husband and myself, and a TC of 22' long, but with 2 bikes on front let's make it 24'.

BC Ferries from Vancouver to Victoria would cost us $51.25 for the first 20', $5.85 per additional foot after that for an additional $23.40, and then add on my husband and myself as 2 passengers at $15.50 each, so that route comes to a grand total of $105.65 Cdn one way.

 

Next I looked at it for Washington State Ferries from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC.  This is the only one with an overheight charge, and for a vehicle 22'-30' long and the driver the fare is $99.75, and then add on 1 passenger at $18.70 and the total cost is $118.45 US.

 

And the final route that I looked at was the Coho Ferry from Port Angeles, WA to Victoria, BC.  Here the cost was for the first 18' of TC and driver was $60.50.  The additional charge per linear foot is $5.00 so for us that would add another $30.00 on, plus a passenger at $17.00, bringing this one to a total of $107.50 US.

 

So as far as cost goes they are fairly comparable.  BC Ferries offers no charge for BC Seniors travelling Monday through Thursday, and runs every hour.  Washington State Ferry offers a 50% discount for the passenger if they are a senior.  However this ferry only runs twice a day.  The Coho ferry does not appear to offer any discount to seniors and has 4 runs a day in the summer.

 

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:29 PM

this would be your rally so what ever dates you come up with is what it is. for me...we have a BIG geocache annual event we will be at on the weekend of august 16 &17th over in Seattle and Snoqualmie pass. so...dates for me would be before or after that weekend. that would allow us to go since we would be on that side of Washington already. again, its your rally so if I cant go, I cant go. that's the way it goes when your a working stiff.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 12:54 PM

I also checked out the coho from port angeles this morning. that would be a route we would most likely use. we really like port angeles and would like to spend a bit more time in that area.


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Posted 19 September 2013 - 04:40 PM

We are also watching the dates but prefer the September time frame as we will be in Iowa the end of July and slowly working our way home.  Plus at least one of us will still be working and have to  spread that time away  out a bit.



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 09:03 AM

Hi Wendy
It's nice to see you and Chris back.
You were always on our minds since following your trip across north America
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Posted 25 October 2013 - 05:57 PM

Any further news on this rally?



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Posted 25 October 2013 - 06:02 PM

I guess I'm waiting also so I will know if its that push to find my wife's birth certificate or not. lol. we need to find it anyway but id like a better excuse than just because. 

logistics can take a while to set one up. I can understand that.


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 05:50 AM

A couple of things to think of.  If you travel on the Coho on your birthday, tell them.  I think they either give you free passage, or another ticket.

 

Stay under 22 feet on the Anacortes Ferry and you are not lumped into the 23-30 range.

 

Ferry border crossings are generally very low key events.  We have never been detained at a Ferry crossing longer than about five minutes.

 

Should be a fun thing, can't say yes or no until later.

 

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