Feb. 14th: Our Valentine's Day started out EARLY. Early, early, early!!! 5:00 AM early. Got up, got Cole up and the 3 of us trekked up to Port Angeles to catch the ferry to Victoria, B.C.
(I can already hear you thinking, "Oh, what a nice Valentine's weekend getaway this will be for them! But wait.... bringing Cole along also ?? That seems kind of strange......")
Nope, nothing like that at all. What really happened is --------
I BOUGHT SHAWN A NEW CAR!
Ok, so *WE* bought Shawn a new car. Ok, he found it and picked it out himself. Ok, so it's not brand new, just "new to us". I never said I was the best storyteller.
Anyway, back to the story........ Hopped on said ferry and sailed to Victoria. Clear. Crisp. Crowded. The ferry arrived in Victoria at about 9:45 and then leaves again back to PA at 10:30. That gave us 45 minutes to clear customs into Canada, meet the people selling the car, exchange money & titles, purchase tickets for the ferry, clear customs and inspections to be back on the ferry at 10:30 to make it back to the states at a decent time. Otherwise the next ferry leaves at 4:30 in the afternoon........ Needless to say, they held the boat for us. But all was accomplished!
(Jennie - this one's for you!!)
The actual story of the car is another saga:
Shawn had previously owned a 1990 Black Nissan Pulsar that he LOVED. Surprisingly, they fit tall people really well. He said it was the most comfortable vehicle to drive that he's ever owned. Including the Pathfinder! He said it's roomy, you lean back a little when you drive (more like a comfy chair than a gangster-lean) and the visibility is unmatched (in his opinion).
So he started looking for one on Craigslist, Auto Trader and even Ebay. Nothing around here whatsoever...... then he started looking in Oregon, Idaho & B.C........... which is where he found this one.
It was a single owner, lady driver with 144,000 Kilometers........ that computes to about 93,000 miles! And it's a 1988 !?!?! Shawn was instantly drooling over the photos they sent. A one owner car with 93,000 miles on it?? He was emailing with the husband immediately. And with a sale price of $1300. US, nothing could compare.
Yeah, he really wanted a Black one, but with the excellent condition it's in, he'll be just fine.
**On another note - anyone interested in a 1997 VW Golf ??