Chat with Deb—The Not-Rain, the Park, and Other Things
Flexibility is the key to a successful vacation
Previously, on Deb and Jack’s Alaska vacation:
Chat with Deb—Vancouver in the Springtime!
Did you know it rains every day in Vancouver, BC in the spring?
DEB: (sitting at breakfast, watching another cruise ship that has appeared on our doorstep since last night) So there are museums in Vancouver, but now the forecast says that there is a reduced chance of rain for today. Maybe we could walk down to Stanley Park?
ME: For a climate where it’s supposed to rain all the time, they don’t seem to be doing a very good job. (Deb gives me a look) Not complaining! Just commenting!
We check out the new cruise ship, the Holland America Line Koningsdam. It’s big.
DEB: What are those things on the big ropes? Sorry, lines, ship ropes are lines.
ME: Those are… oh, wow, I bet those are rat guards! That is so cool!
DEB: Rat guards are cool?
ME: Okay, that sounds odd, but the old rat guards like we used while I was in the Navy were a pain to install and took a long time. These things just drop on the line, take a few minutes to deploy and even less time to remove. Good naval engineering!¹ And they keep the vermin off, which works out well for us, considering.
By the time we’ve walked down to Stanley Park, the sky has gone from mostly cloudy to happy and blue. There are horse-drawn carriages doing park tours.
ME: Care for a ride?
The park is beautiful, as is the day.
DEB: I love all the flowers!
ME: Well, it’s the middle of May, right?
DEB: But I look across the harbour and the mountains have snow on them. It just feels… odd, I guess. But wonderful! Magical, almost.
We wandered around the park a bit after the horse-drawn tour. Flowers were everywhere, in full bloom, looking lovely.
We head back to our hotel in time to catch the Koningsdam just getting underway.
DEB: Ours is coming in tomorrow morning. Is it okay if we get up early to watch it dock?
ME: It’s your vacation, Debster! And what makes you think I would turn down the chance to watch our ship come in? So to speak.
Next: we’re off to Alaska!
¹Some of us like good naval engineering. What?! Dusty, back me up!