Summer Arrived in British Columbia

13. First Ever Timer Jump Shot
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The ferry arrived at Prince Rupert just after 1 am Saturday morning. We were asleep as the ferry reached the dock, but somehow woke up and were the last car off the boat. The Canadian border crossing was right as we were on dry land. Only a few minutes later, we were back in Canada! What a whirlwind of a trip to Alaska! Continue reading

Marathon Drive to Haines and an Alaskan Ferry “Cruise”

13. Boaters and keeners
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“Let’s catch that ferry!”

We had decided that we wanted to make it to Haines in order see the inside passage of Alaska from a boat. The ferries only leave once a week. That meant one serious day of driving. We are talking about 1250 km of driving in one long day. As always, we were keen and optimistic! Continue reading

“Did you really drive all the way here?!” 

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Remember how we discovered there is a ferry from the the Nicoya peninsula? We made sure to get on it by showing up two and a half hours early. The very early arrival was more accidental than by choice, as we (and several others) had misinterpreted the ferry schedule. No worries, though! The time went by very fast. A curious Tico truck driver came over to chat. He hung out and asked all kinds of questions about the van, the trip, Canada and Norway. We looked at each other’s licenses, talked about how it works with taking on a new last name and about truck driving in Costa Rica. Greivin is only two years older than Kyler, but he already has a 12 and a 14 year old. What a different life! He gave us his phone number and told us to call him if we ever needed any help. Many travelers of all ages came up to us after seeing our Albertan plates. “Did you really drive all the way here?!” They could barely believe it! We told them that when you have 3.5 months to do the drive, it does not feel as far as it sounds. True story!

Social ferry wait

Just before 11 AM we were ready to board the ferry from the peninsula over to Puntarenas on the mainland. Only the driver was allowed to be in the car boarding the ferry, so I walked on and talked with a group of four happy seniors from Canada.

Honey on ferry

The views were spectacular. The sun was shining. People were chatting all around and as we were approaching Puntarenas they blasted the music, making it all seem more like a cruise than a ferry crossing!

Ferry view

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The South of Nicaragua

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When we strolled around Granada we came across a religious festival honoring a saint. We found it fairly entertaining that the entire parade decided to make their way through the busiest street in town, where all the chicken buses park.

The artisan market in town have much to offer, just like Nicaragua.

After two nights in Granada we drove to Rivas/San Jorge on Lake Nicaragua. This is the port for the boats and ferries going out to Isla de Ometepe, an island consisting of two volcanoes. We had planned to go across with the van on a ferry, or leave the van on the mainland if we could find secure parking. We were advised to bring the van across. It all started sounding really expensive. It was also really windy and the volcanoes were covered in clouds. In the end we decided to save it for another time and went to the beach…

We drove from Rivas/San Jorge to San Juan del Sur in the very Southern part of Nicaragua. San Juan del Sur was the turning point of our Central American roadtrip in 2007. Anywhere further South than this will be new territory!

We thought of going swimming with our clothes on, but we are not that local.