Weather: Cool and spitting rain ... no sun due to clouds
- A cruise from Alaska to Vancouver Island - There was only one and it was $1800.00 ... way too expensive. Most cruises work on a return trip (i.e. you have to start at Seattle, go up to Alaska and then come back to Seattle ... I only wanted one way)
- A Ferry to Vancouver Island - there isn't a ferry from Alaska to Vancouver, or Vancouver Island. Also the next Ferry from Anchorage (actually it's not Anchorage, it's whittle which is nearby) is on the 14th July ... ten days after my trip, too much time wasted.
- A flight to Vancouver Island from Anchorage - This is a possibility and it's not bad value; however it means I miss the inlet waterways along Alaska's coast and it means I have loads and loads of time on Vancouver Island.
- A flight to Juneau and then a ferry to Prince Rupert before taking a coach to Vancouver - This is the option I've gone for; the only bit I've booked is the flight from Anchorage to Juneau which cost $210.00 (£150.00) on the 4th July.
Once in Juneau I have two days before getting a ferry to Prince Rupert and then another two days before I can catch a coach that will take 1 day and 10 hours to Vancouver (the train takes 3 days ... go figure!). I will then have to stay one night in Vancouver before getting a ferry to Victoria.
So it's all a little complicated and I wonder if I've made the wrong decision (it would be so much easier to go to Victoria from Anchorage straight) but we shall see, I haven't been able to book a hostel in Juneau (as the hostel doesn't have a online booking form ... gurrr) so I'm just going to have to turn up; if the worst comes to the worst, I'll just have to get an immediate flight out of Juneau to Vancouver ... which will cost a bit.
Anyway so I think this is me signing off for a little while; tomorrow I head into the wild which I doubt will have internet access ... so I think I shall be back online on Sunday 4th July from Juneau ... see you then.
So this ends the first, and biggest part, of my tour of North America. I've been from the east coast to the west coast of Canada, south to Seattle and finally north to Anchorage all for £52.37 per day ... so the daily budget had gone down a little, but I think the last part of my trip could cost quite abit ... still, I'll worry about that later.