On day one of our Nanaimo adventure, Tommy had already landed in Vancouver, and after we landed and our luggage arrived, the driver we had contracted, picked us up and drove the hour plus to Horseshoe Bay, where we boarded at ferry, and made the 1.5 hour crossing to Nanaimo.
We passed the time by catching up on the latest, discussed future travel plans, and just enjoyed the beauty of the area.
After disembarking, we hopped into a taxi, that took us to the Coast Bastion Inn. A lovely hotel, with fantastic views.
While I will provide a more detailed description in the days to come, I figured a few photos might provide a glimpse into the adventure thus far.
As we arrived a day early, but also having been traveling for two days, we decided to have dinner that hotel, and call it a (relatively) early evening.
The next day we wandered the area, having lunch at Palapas (good Mexican on the water), and decided to take a seaplane tour of the area. As it happens, Klaus (who is also here for the meeting) was going to be not the same flight. It was quite a fun way to see Nanaimo and the environs.
Following the flight, it was time for registration for the meeting, which would be followed by the Right’s Reception.
It was great to reconnect with old friends, and to welcome a new member into the ICCA.
Following the reception, it was dinner on our own, and TC, the lovely, and I headed up to a nice little Greek restaurant that we had discovered earlier in our wandering around.
The next morning was the buy and sell and show and tell. And, corkscrews were bought and sold, and shown and talked about. While there were many interesting pieces, John Morris had a cool little U-Neek looking T. Very Cool!
While we were buying and selling, our host DD, had asked if there was anything I was looking for. I mentioned a few. And, he said he might have a few for me. Then, as we were cleaning up after the buy and sell, I got word that Tommy and I were invited to DD’s house to look at his junk. We went!
As it happened, the plan was to have everyone over to the house at 4:00 for a buffet, and a viewing of the collection. And, after getting our preview, we headed down to the lower floor to see the “junk.”
We all have junk. Corkscrews that we bought that mean less to us now than when we bought them. Corkscrews that came in a lot, where we were only after the hard to find piece, but had to buy the entire lot to get it. And, over time it just grows and grows.
Truth is, Dave didn’t have much junk. Still, I picked up a couple of pieces, and asked about a Mumford patent that we had talked about earlier in the day. He gave a price, we negotiated a bit, and we agreed. And, I headed upstairs to retrieve it.
By the time I had gotten back downstairs, apparently another deal had been made. And, Tommy had made a trade for some Syroco pieces that DD was enamored with for a nice English piece. And, in short order, another deal was done. Throwing caution to the wind, I made an offer of my own. Done, again.
With trades and deals made, we finished a glass of wine and headed back to the hotel.
The lovely was waiting for us, with chilled champagne. We stopped by the bar, and picked up some champagne flutes, to celebrate the trades/deals made.
And, this is only the beginning. Plenty more stories to tell about the Nanaimo adventure… Stay tuned.