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2010 温哥华的夏天 - 租车捡到宝

出游前的一个月,在Priceline上拍到西雅图机场的租车,$15/day,很不错的deal。当然了,车是compact的小车,按以往的出游经验,希望能免费升级一把。

第一次搭Alaska Airline, 感觉很不错,SJO-SEA的一段和回来的直飞都有免费wifi onflight,提供服务的公司取了个和google很象的名字,叫gogo,一不留神还以为google又扩展业务了。当然不管什么名字,只要是免费的都要赞一下。飞机上的饮料服务一直不断,另外还出租DVD给客人看。其实,我还有个好点子,长途飞机上如果能出租降噪耳机(noise cancellation headphone)的话,应该市场不小,这东西在飞机上很实用,但平常不常飞,单独买一个还是太贵了。

中途在SJO转机,不得不抱怨一下圣何塞的机场。原本不大的一个机场,却非常愚蠢地设计成长长的一条,从一侧的登机口到另一侧,足足可以走上二十分钟,没有任何扶梯什么的。还有就是机场里面的餐馆清一色的sports bar风格,适合家庭的快餐店根本就没有,无语。

相比之下西雅图的机场很方便,租车柜台也在机场内。Hertz柜台的老兄在电脑里看啊看,一直向我推销升级,看他一副不甘心的样子,我就知道priceline的价钱踩到他了。一通拒绝之后,他很不情愿地在对讲机里嘀嘀咕咕,然后递给我一把钥匙。

既然没有免费升级,我也没搞清他肉痛什么。走到停车场,一辆银色小车,外表无奇,不过是Toyota的。当时没多想,打开车门才发现,内部装置和平时开的车不一样耶。再仔细一看牌子,Prius, 咦,不是刚刚机场看到的Toyota Hybrid新款广告吗?更乐的是,GPS是标准配置,呵呵,赚翻了。

之后的十天,小小的车载着我们三人,时而穿梭在城市中的大街小巷,时而奔驰在田野间的高低起伏。还车的时候,二千多迈的里程,算算汽油,绝对高于50mpg了,Toyota的广告算是名副其实了。这Hybrid的小车,如果单独在Hertz租的话,是要额外加钱的。这样看来,Priceline租车不光便宜,居然还捡到宝。

温哥华夏天的旅行,就在我们捡到便宜的那份欢喜劲儿中,上路了。


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最近乱忙,故事更新会很慢,圣诞节前应该会写好吧?还希望能把三年前的Washington State一游给补齐,可能吗?

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2010 温哥华的夏天 - 行程

2010年的夏天,逃离烈日炎炎的德州,去温哥华和维多利亚岛转了一圈,十日的休闲游,先报报流水帐,供感兴趣的朋友参考一下。有些具体信息可以参考我之前的博客,后面如果有时间会唐唐我们沿途有趣的故事。

10day/9nights Vancouver - Victoria Islands Itineraries

June 30

Fly to Seattle(SEA) through Alaska Airline, 1 stop at SJO. (recommend Alaska Airline)

Rent compact at Hertz, and get Toyota Hybrid Prius. (stealing deal)

Drive to Vancouver through Hwy 5, board cross at Peach Arch Provincial park. Traffic is ok, it is about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Check in at Hyatt Regency Vancouver. (room is modern style, bed is very good. pool is outdoor, not impressive. $28/night parking, gee~ this is bad, no free wifi/internet)

Dine at 麒麟海鲜酒家 (7900 Westminster Highway, Richmond, BC (604) 303-8833). Several friends recommend it, but our experience is not very good, I will rate ok but not great.

July 1 (Canada Day)

Worm spent the whole day doing hair straightening at 美发轩 (Maggie, Unit2127, 3779 Sexsmith Rd, Richmond), it is about five hours.

Lunch at 王記台灣牛肉面 (8390 Granville Street), so-so, not very impressive.

Later afternoon, we visit the Vancouver water front around convention center for Canada national day actives. Then watch the night parade.

Dine at 悦海大酒家(1088 Melville St. Vancouver, (604) 669-8383), close to Hyatt hotel, but very hard to find the entrance. Few people, quiet, food is ok.

July 2

Day trip to Whistler, sea to sky drive.

It is about 3~4 hours drive, about 8 to 10 stops at the road. The view is good, little town, harbor, waterfall etc, nothing fancy but worth a day trip.

Whistler peak to peak Gondola is the highlight, a must experience. We spent quiet a lot time at the snow mountains. Tried all types of gondola, and saw a little black bear cub on the way downhills.

The lunch at Whistler is too expensive, $15 for just a burger. We should prepare sandwich ourselves.

Dine at 上海一只鼎 (Unit 120, 8100 Ackroyd Rd. , Richmond . 604-278-8789). Friday night no reservation, wait about 30 min. The food is good, we recommend it but better make a reservation first, since it is a small restaurant.

July 3
North Vancouver - Downtown Vancouver

Visit the Lynn Canyon Suspension bridge for free, instead of famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. Hiking about 1 hour.

We spend the rest of day at Stanley park, driving around, taking pictures, hiking and clam digging. So many fun.

Dine at 帝苑海鲜酒家(7997 Westminster Highway, Richmond, 604-249-0080), since that weekend the lobster is special. Be there at 5:30pm just before the open time, so got a table. Otherwise you need a reservation since the tables are filled up quickly. We love the food there. Recommend.

July 4
Western Vancouver - Horseshoe bay - Nanaimo - Tofino

Check out hotel and went to VanDusen Botanical Garden. Since some tourists recommend it. Cheaper than the Butchart Gardens at Victoria island.

Go dim sum at 置地广场楼上(I need to find the restaurant name). Very crowed at Sunday noon. Have to wait about 1 hour since we did not make a reservation. The feel eating there bring me back to Hong Kong. The lady at frond desk is amazing, more stories later. The food is half-half, some is good, some is so-so. If I do not have to wait that long, I will recommend it.

After lunch, we rush to Horseshoe bay for 3pm ferry. Just in time. Ferry to Victoria island is about 2 hours. Then it is another 3 hours drive to Tofino.

Check in Blue Bear B&B. Great, nice lady owner. recommend.

July 5
Tofino

Ocean Outfitters whale watch
Three hours morning tour, caught six grey whales. Not bad.
The sea is rough.

Afternoon we spot several beaches, including the pacific rim long beach. Low tide, very impressive on the size of the beach.

In the evening we drive out photo hunting for bear. Stop at Uclenet, now we understand why that town is not as good as Tofino, luckily I didn’t rent a B&B there.

On diet, on budget, free breakfast, but for rest of day we like instant noodles plus some fruits/snacks.

July 6
Tofino - Victoria

In the morning we check out and visit another two local beaches, for tide pool and beach combing.

Then it is a long 5 hour drive on the road.

Check in at Marriott Victoria Inner Harbor. Room is nice, the indoor pool, hot tub are great. free internet, parking is $15/night. Recommend.

Victoria inner harbor sunset view, romantic and relax feel. It is more like a tourist town.

Dine at Japanese village restaurant for light food. It is ok, nothing fancy.

July 7
Explore Victoria

Local scenic drive. Visit Sidney, and several local beaches. Well, overall, the local beach is not as good as Tofino for sure.

Lunch at Redfish Bluefish, highly recommend, the halibut is very fresh. Check out Yelp, so many people love it.

Dine at a local family Chinese restaurant, and order some Xinjiang food. Good value and good taste.

July 8

Check out hotel, leave at 8:00am for 10:30am vehicle ferry from Victoria BC to Port Angeles WA. The lock down time is 1 1/2 hour for immigration procedure.

Unfortunately since we did not reserve in advance ($15 extra reservation fee), we are out of luck since the ferry is full and they cut the line two cars before us.

Have to wait another 4 hours for the next. Walk and lunch at Fisherman wharf. Order at Barb’s fish & chip, about same price as redfish bluefish but you can tell the piece of fish is much smaller.

Take 3pm ferry and arrive Port Angeles at 5pm. Decide to go Sol Duct hot springs at Olympic NP as planned. The spring is crowed, but we enjoy the smelly hot water.

Left at 9pm, arrive hotel at 12pm, this is a long drive since too late to catch the ferry to Seattle, instead a big deep loop at Hwy 5.

July 9
Holiday Inn Seattle-Renton is a good option for SEA airport hotel . No extra parking fee, free internet, onsite gas station. 10 min drive to airport. $42/night through the priceline is a good deal.

Fly back home, sweet home at night.

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