Although the weather didn't totally cooperate, we had a very enjoyable day. The sun was still shining when we arrived in Victoria but we lost that on the way to the whales. Thankfully the whales were coming back in from their days in the ocean to feed and were back in the San Juan Islands. We were lucky enough to see a couple of nice spy hops while they were on their way through. There is quite a bit of time after you return from your whale watch before you board the plane (thankfully the rain stopped before we got into harbor) so we had lunch and took in the show at the IMax.
With the exception of waiting a bit long after the shuttle dropped us and before we boarded the train, the trip was wonderful! The train trip is not only beautiful but so relaxing. When you get to Whistler, there is so much to do. I highly recommend going to the top by gondola -- what a view!!! If that's not enough, you can take the Peak 2 Peak over to Blackcombe -- another gorgeous view. Then a couple more stops on the way back for more waterfalls, lakes and mountains - the views never end! Certainly a day to remember.
Queenstown, New Zealand
There weren't enough people signed up for our trip so we were combined with another company. The bus was very cramped (and full). We were running a bit late so not much time between arriving at the terminal and boarding the boat. The weather was gorgeous - and the view was spectacular (as always). Thankfully they offered us the opportunity to fly home instead of taking the boat, so that's what we did. It was interesting to see the mountains and lakes from the air for a different view.
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