Vancouver BC - August, 2006
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I and my friends Dan Singletary and Paul Teixeira spent four days
traveling to Vancouver BC by small plane. It was only my
second time flying internationally and a lot of preparation was
required to be ready for crossing the borders and any weather that
might happen. In the end, everything went smoothly.
We departed San Jose at 9:30am on Friday, stopped
in Eugene OR for
food and fuel, then flew pretty much direct to Vancouver
International. I picked up an IFR clearance around Olympia to
simplify airspace issues and crossing the border.
Sheraton Wall Centre as seen from our hotel balcony
We stayed at the
Century-Plaza Hotel & Spa right on Burrard in downtown
Vancouver. The room was just right and the location was
excellent. Shortly after getting settled in, we headed out for
dinner and then off to enjoy the nightlife!
Saturday, our first full day there, we took a ferry to Victoria
Island and drove to the famous
The gardens were amazing, especially the Sunken Garden. And
the ferry ride there and back was an unexpected pleasure.
Between admiring the gorgeous natural beauty of the waters and
islands between Vancouver and Victoria and the people watching, we
enjoyed the trip.
Butchart Gardens on Victoria Island
we got a bit of a late start and had brunch at a nice creperie on
Robson. We watched the parade for a bit and then drove to
Grouse Mountain is a small ski resort overlooking Vancouver.
The base lodge is in north Vancouver, where you ride a gondola to
the top of the mountain. Regrettably, we missed the
world-famous lumberjack show, but we were able to enjoy a fine lunch
overlooking the city below.
The flight back was mostly
uneventful. We decided to do an aerial tour of the volcanoes
of the Cascade Mountains on the way back. After a quick
20-minute flight to Bellingham WA to clear US customs, we set off
for Mount Rainier and points south. After Rainier, we flew
around Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount
Washington, and the Three Sisters. We had intended to fly over
Crater Lake before stopping for lunch, but some nasty thunderstorms
blocked the way.
We stopped in Medford OR for lunch
and fuel, where a really nice woman at the FBO loaned us her
personal car so we could go get lunch. After checking the
weather and fueling, we were off towards San Jose via Mount Shasta.
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