| A gorgeous temperature early in the morning – the promise of a wonderful day! And so much on the program…|
Firstly, I had to make sure everything I needed was onboard of our sightseeing van. Maps, brochures, change and cell phone. I had to place our stands at the ferry landing and in the Roosevelt Park. Then I was waiting for my first customers to show up. Vehicles came, they parked but people were walking over to the Roosevelt Cottage. 15 minutes until departure and another car pulls in. A couple starts moving into my direction. They are bound for the sightseeing van. It turns out they are from Quebec. They speak an excellent English.
No one else shows up and at 10:30am we are leaving the parking lot. The weather is still gorgeous and I am happy. I have my first customers onboard and I’m running the show. We stop at all the wonderful view points and I notice that my customers are thrilled. They are thrilled about what they see and love to hear about the island. This is exactly how I had imagined the tour to proceed. We will not be able to walk over to the Head Harbour Light Station as we don’t have low tide. In fact the low tide will be outside our tour times all week. But that doesn’t affect the pleasure this Quebec couple has under our tour. The 2 1/2hrs are flying by so fast and before we know it it’s all over. Thank you for coming and they thank me for being their tour guide.
While I was busy with the tour, Bea has brought our friends to Sunsweep Point in the Roosevelt Park. The artist David Barr created a sculpture out of black polished granite. This is the easternmost of a total of three sculptures David Barr has built. The westernmost is placed at Point Roberts in Washington State.The third one sits at the Lake of the Woods, MN. What is the meaning of the sculpture?
The idea was to symbolize the sweep of the sun, rising in the east, traveling across the continent and finally falling back into the Pacific ocean at point Roberts.
Sunsweep Point can only be reached by hiking along a narrow coastal trail. It is one of the most beautiful trails one can walk on Campobello Island.
If you’ve never heard about Pt.Roberts let me tell you that this part of the U.S. is in just the opposite situation of what Campobello Island is in. Americans, living on Point Roberts, have to cross through Canada to get back into the U.S. Point Roberts is sort of an appendix extending a bit south of the 49th parallel and by that reason became part of America. Contrary to Campobello Island Point Roberts has no summer ferry to their father land.