Saturday, October 28, 2017

Beautiful British Columbia

Cruising Down the Inside Passage

Once again I was out on the deck.  The cold air felt refreshing.  I leaned over the railing to watch the dolphins playing in the wake of the ship.  We were hugging the British Columbia coastline, thick with spruce and fir.  This is why I booked this cruise--to experience such moments.  But, in retrospect, there weren't enough of them.

As the day began to wane and chill even more, I realized I did not want to go back inside. Even to get warm.  I did not want to pass the slot machines, Purell dispensers and cocktail lounges.  I did not want to eat dinner in that massive dining room where I felt like a sardine in a tin can.

"Let's order room service," my travel buddy suggested and I smiled at the idea.  We ate dinner in the solitude of our room and continued to watch the coastline darken and then disappear into the night.

I would still like to take cruises in the future, but on much smaller boats.  Perhaps on a more intimate 100-passenger vessel where every stateroom has a balcony and every dining room table has a view.  After all, there are certain parts of this world that demand being seen from the water like Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords.  A cruise down the Nile remains Number One on my Bucket List.

The city lights of Vancouver greeted us the next morning.  Our cruise had come to an end, but rather than feeling sad about it, I was filled with hope.  The best is yet to come.

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