After we finished our glorious day at Butchart Gardens we drove into Victoria to visit Fisherman’s Wharf. We had been told this was a ‘must see.’
I have to tell you something odd about me. I don’t like to go boating, except for gentle rides on a calm day. Nothing exciting. I prefer my excitement on land. I don’t want to own a boat. I did at one time, but I think the happiest day of my life is when I got rid of that boat. I would be willing to sit on a boat on a calm day and sip a glass or rum. Or get a ride on a boat with a competent Captain on smooth seas. Rough waters are not for me. I am not scared of water. I have swum all my life and always love that. It’s just that boating is not really for me. I guess that makes me a landlubber.
Notwithstanding all that, I love wharfs and harbours. I have no idea why that is the case. I love to walk on the dock and look at the boats. I just don’t want to own one.
Frankly house boats are the same. I love to look at them but don’t want to own one. There were many elaborate house boats here in Victoria. I assumed that many people actually lived on them. They looked cute, but I would not want to live on one. Why live on a boat?
Here the house boats had another disadvantage. People like me! I came walking on the dock with no thought in mind other than snooping. I did not see a single person sitting on the outside of his or her boathouse sipping a rum on this gorgeous day. Where were they? Hiding inside to keep away from snoops like me? I would be doing that if I owned one. How boring is that?
I assumed that these people had one pleasure in mind when they bought such a house boat. Flaunting their wealth. Flaunting success gives a keen pleasure.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a floating boardwalk with an entire neighbourhood of floating houses painted in vibrant colours including cool pinks, lavenders, and blues. There are, of course, restaurants and bars aplenty.
It was a beautiful place on a beautiful day.