Just Jot it January: January 19

“Your prompt for January 19th, 2018, brought to you by my dear friend and fellow Canadian, Kerry, is “Darkness.” Use it any way you’d like in your post. And make sure you visit Kerry at her blog, “Her Headache,” to read her post and say hi! Here’s her link:  https://kkherheadache.wordpress.com/(https://lindaghill.com/2018/01/19/jusjojan-daily-prompt-january-19th-2018/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).


Darkness.  Darkness was what it was this morning when I left the house to walk down to the Harbour Air terminal in the Inner Harbour to catch my plane to Vancouver.

Darkness was what the city was still enveloped in when I reached the terminal.  Daylight Savings time, you know.  Well, not so much Daylight Savings time as Winter.  I mean, even if we didn’t change time, 7:00 am would still be dark at this time of year.  It’s the end of the day being dark I object to.  Dark when you go to work, dark when you go home from work.  I can hardly wait for March!

Darkness is a state in which float planes do not fly.

Thus, the first plane out of the city at this time of year is at 8:00am, and the last plane coming back from Vancouver is 4:00pm.  Makes for a tight day.  But a much better (and cheaper) way to get from Victoria to Vancouver when you are having meetings, etc. downtown.  Other ways to get to Vancouver include driving all the way to the big airport and taking a jet to Richmond and finding a way (cab? Bus?) to downtown Vancouver (and then back again). Or driving to the ferry terminal, waiting in a ferry line, taking a ferry for an hour and a half to Tsawwassen and the finding your way to Vancouver (driving your car, taking a bus…) probably during rush hour, since you are going into Vancouver for a meeting.  Oh, and the first ferry leaves at 7:00 am, which mean you need to get to the terminal one-half hour before it leaves (pay extra for a reservation if you’re worried you will not get on if it’s too busy).  All that as opposed to me getting up and walking for 20 minutes from our house to the Harbour Air terminal, checking in 25 minutes in advance, then a 35-minute flight downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver, then a quick walk to the meeting.  No driving, no parking.

Of course, this doesn’t work so well if you DO have to drive somewhere else in Vancouver.  So then, the ferry is a better bet.  But anything I can do to avoid driving in Vancouver (especially in the rain, or in the Darkness) I will do!  Even flying.  On a small plane.  That is very bouncy when it’s rainy and windy (as it was today for part of the flight).

Anyway, we made it back uneventfully, and without anyone losing their lunch (as far as I could tell), gliding into our Inner Harbour, and parking smoothly at the dock.  I disembarked, once again without dropping my bags (or myself) into the water (those stairs are NARROW!!).  And, thus ended my adventure, in the Darkness once more. An adventure of flying on a float plane for the first time, from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver for a 6-hour meeting.  Commuting by plane, like some commute by car or by bus or by rail.

Posted on January 19, 2018, in Writing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Beautiful photos. Victoria is one of my very favorite places. Lucky you!

  2. I feel your pain around the darkness. Our 7 AM men’s group meeting often draws a comment about “if God wants us up this early, it would be nice if he turned the lights on”.
    An interesting thing about daylight saving time and standard time. Where I live, close to Toronto, the sun rises today at 7:45 and sets at 5:12. Somehow I expect equal hours before noon and after noon. Compare 4 hours 15 minutes before noon to 5 hours 12 minutes after.
    That is in January when we are on “Standard time”. Remember the CBC phrase, “a half-hour later in Newfoundland”? This effect occurs more or less depending on how close you live to the east or west border of the official time zone line.
    Do you have a helicopter service from the island? You might want to try that someday if you feel like another adventure. They may be a little farther from the water so dropping your bags in the water may be less likely.
    I almost have enough words here for my own “#blogboost post.
    Blog on!

  3. Sounds like taking the little plane from one downtown to the other was the best and quickest way. Glad all went well. 😉

  4. I have always loved this by George Carlin — ‘Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.’

  5. You know how I feel about the dark mornings and the dark nights. I’m sluggin. Ugh.

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