It all started very early about 5:30am, I rolled over and turned off the alarm and went back to sleep…fast forward to 8am, yikes! Slept in; so after a hurried shower cup of tea and a quick bite it was the speed run to Nanaimo to make it on the 10:30am ferry to Horseshoe Bay.
I left my wheels in the parking lot and walked on the ferry with many other travellers headed to the 4/20 celebrations at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Many were wearing clothing with the cannabis leaf proudly displayed.
As I boarded and started heading upstairs to the top outside deck to search out the one small smoking area so were many others. The ferry had not even left the dock and already there were about 30 people up on the top deck getting down to a ‘safety meeting’. One person brought out some fine glassware; another had an acrylic bong…a fine sailing it was.
I made my way to the Art Gallery about noon-thirty and the place was rocking with many tents set up and a really good-sized crowd.
I was concerned that the off-and-on rain would keep people away but no chance.
This year I’m sure there were more hash, weed and baked goods vendors than ever before, even two people selling buddah. It was pretty good too.
Over on the Robson St. side of art gallery they were setting up for live music down by the skating rink and soon this area was packed with people as well; by 4pm the police had to close down Howe St. I’d say 10,000 people were there.
Soon it was time to start heading home so I got the 6pm express bus back to Horseshoe Bay for the 7pm ferry, with many of my fellow 4/20 attendees who were on the same 10:30 am ferry over that morning, but alas we missed the boat and had a two-hour wait at a closed-up Horseshoe Bay. Luckily, we had weed that made the wait go by quickly.
When we all got on the last ferry back to the Island at 9pm more 4/20 goers showed up. It was continuation of the mornings smoke-up for the ride back with many of the same folks who I had met that morning.
A tip of the hat to the organizers of this year’s 4/20! It will be remembered for a long time to come.