But so many friends on Facebook and elsewhere have asked about how the ferries were.
Well, we did get lucky going to Victoria, and I'm glad we did not only for the immediate hassle, but also because it meant it was something we didn't concern ourselves with all weekend, ruining our R&R.
Friday morning when Jodie went on line to check the bus-schedule I on a whim suggested that she also check the ferries. She scoffed, but before too long the thought nagged at her and she checked anyhow. Soon she was standing in the doorway of the bedroom incredulous that "I knew".
The ferry we'd been planning to catch was indeed cancelled due to the engine fire that anyone listening to the news in Southern BC this past week now knows about.
Unluckily for BC Ferries the media showed up to cover the length of the walk-on line up just as the fire-alarm went off.
I feel a need to put in my two bits. BULL. SHIT.
For starters, the passengers around us in line, in the waiting room and on the boat were all in good if resigned spirits, as were the BC Ferries employees. When the fire alarm broke out in the terminal (it wasn't actually a fire, just smoking hyraulic fluid) after doing what they needed to do (evacuate us and wait for the pros) they were laughing at the outrageous misfortune... what else was there to do?
Un-prepared? Well on a certain level - yeah of course they were un-prepared. They hadn't exactly planned on losing the biggest ship in the fleet at the beginning of the biggest ferry traffic weekend of the year. And because it was the biggest weekend of the year, they already had everything running at maximum capacity. So how exactly do they pick up the slack, other than do exactly what they did - run the ferries late into the night to pick up the slack.
There were customers mad that their preferred boarding passes weren't being honoured. Well, to my understanding the right to suspend them is actually written on them. This is a measure that has never been utilized before, so suck it up. Besides, there were so many people at the ferry that in order to run the logistics of letting someone through the line up would have been an extra level of chaos. So get over it, we were all inconvenienced. Most of us took it with a sense of amusement.