Talking about ships on the Alaska route, passengers at our Victoria port of call often take a horse-driven carriage around our neighbourhood, James Bay. Here at the waterfront on scenic Dallas Road, these carriages often have a long procession of cars, taxis and buses (carrying passengers from the ships) behind them, sometimes a couple of blocks long. You can sense how frustrated the drivers are, eager to pass. Often the horses travel faster than the cars. Maybe a sign of the times, with fuel costs rising. Also you wonder what goes on in the minds of those drivers 'stuck' behind true horsepower.