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getting it from Gabriola to Pittsburgh
The day before going to Vancouver was beautiful.
The night before traveling, the sculpture was wrapped in pillows and blankets for the trip and locked in the car over night.
Up at 5:00 to catch the 6:45am ferry
First in line for the ferry.
Not many vehicles on this first ferry of the day from Nanaimo.
On a good day, Nanaimo is a 20 minute boatride away. Besides bad weather (which is relatively rare) there are only two things that cause delays: ambulances, which ferries wait for; and engine problems, which are not so rare. It's not that our ferry, the Quinsam, isn't reliable, it's just that it has four engines (one at each corner) any one of which can fail and cause delays. On the other hand, three engines can fail without totally disabling the ship.
In case you're wondering, after hours (after 10:25pm and before 5:45 am) emergency evacuations are done in this boat, or in a Zodiac if the regular emergency vessel is busy with a boat rescue somewhere.
Next to the Gabriola ferry terminal is Nanaimo's highest condo complex. On the other side of it is a float plane service to downtown Vancouver.
"Walk-ons" mainly walking off to school, work or shop in Nanaimo.
The big ferry to Vancouver appears from between two islands. Departure Bay for the ferry to Vancouver is just ten minutes from the Gabriola ferry dock.
The Queen of Coquitlam
Vancouver is an hour and a half away.
The Sunshine Coast wasn't very sunny today.
Another ferry returning to Nanaimo from Vancouver
Currents and winds make these patches.
Just around the corner from Horseshoe Bay (a few miles outside of North Vancouver)
Horseshoe Bay Terminal, yacht harbor, and town
a 20 year-old photo of Vancouver, a city we hardly recognize now
Quality art packer and shipper in Vancouver. Denbigh Design will crate the sculpture, drive it to the border, clear customs, and deliver it to Renton WA, where it will be picked up by US Art, another custom art packer and shipper, and driven to Pittsburgh for delivery 18 or 19 days later.
Denbigh Design workshop.
Arabesque with two sculpture bases
Custom, art-packing crates made by Denbigh for long distance shipping.
Returning back to Gabriola, there was a ferry overload, which gave time for a sandwich and ice cream in Horseshoe Bay.
Back in the Gabriola ferry parking lot (after having missed one ferry).
Not many vehicles arriving from Gabriola at this time of day.
Last boat ride of the day.
The Gabriola ferry dock is a welcome sight.
Walk-on passengers are first on and first off.
Home again.
The longest part is waiting for confirmation that the sculpture has arrived safely.
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