four years ago today [2012.10.01]
this day i left my truck and camper behind as i boarded a ship to spend a day in canada. my friend had told me about the ferry that went from the nearby town to victoria and i decided to check it out. i got up at dawn and made it just in time to board before the first ship left. i think i was a little worried leaving my truck and camper all day in the middle of a town i didn't know. i literally was leaving the country and leaving everything (except one camera and my phone) behind in the truck camper. i had all of my data with me as i had carried it to chicagoland for the summer.. pretty much my whole life was in there.
when i got to canada and handed them my passport, they pulled me off to the side for a minute to check it before stamping it. perhaps i looked strange as a guy entering their country alone, carrying nothing, and being so far from home. i walked a little around the downtown area in victoria and then made my way over to beacon hill park where i could see the olympic mountains back in the united states. at this park i remember overhearing or speaking with a girl who worked there who had a nice canadian accent. i then found a local restaurant and had lunch before going back to another park on the water. i explored there and circled around along the water back to the port to wait for the next ferry to arrive. after taking the long ferry ride back to the states, i got back in my truck and camper and headed a little west to find a spot in or near olympic park where i could park for the night before it got dark.