Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back From Orcas Island

Betsy and I went up to Orcas Island for a mini-vacation Friday. We had fun but the trip didn't work out quite like I expected.

We made plans pretty recently and could only reserve Friday night at the place we usually stay in Olga so our plan was to leave fairly early Friday, catch the ferry and get to Olga in the mid-afternoon.

We stopped at a casino on the way and I lost some money playing Blackjack and then made up for it by throwing some money in the slots - losing more.

We got to the ferry terminal about noon and found out the next ferry we could get on was leaving at 3:30 pm.

I'd forgotten how much the fares had gone up and was a little surprised it was just about sixty dollars for us to take the ferry to Orcas Island.

During our 3 1/2 hour wait in the ferry line I was chewing on some Hot Tamale candy and my tooth fell out - well my crown fell off my tooth.

The ferry was late arriving and took an extra 1/2 hour to get to Orcas, so we ended up getting to our spot by the beach about 6 pm. Betsy loves this spot because it's good for hunting for beach glass - but she only had a couple of hours of daylight.

We brought Edgar with us and he didn't like the beach at first and just wanted to go back to the cottage and chase a ball around - so I ended up staying with Ed and reading old New Yorker magazines.

We left about 10:30 Saturday morning so we ended up taking a 16 hour vacation at the beach - not counting drive time across the island, to and from Everett to Anacortes, time sitting in ferry lines or riding the ferry.

When I got home, carrying my missing my tooth in my pocket and sort of bummed about how quick our trip was, there was an automated voice message from a bill collection agency for me.

The only bill I've been late on has something to do with my Time magazine subscription. I don't know why Time kept sending me magazines after my subscription expired and then started sending me bills telling me I owed them money. I don't know how much they think I owe them but it seems like a trifling amount of money to turn over to a collection agency. I guess if that's the worst of my financial problems I don't have anything to complain about.

Next time we take a vacation I think we'll go for a couple of days at least.