If there were a "Meetup" category in our budget...it would be blown to bits by now ;)...between my Seattle (that exchange rate, ouch) trip and Nanaimo (ferry fares, ouch again)...but it's all well worth it to me, and precisely the kind of stuff I want to be able to do post-FIRE.
This Victoria gathering MAY be a possibility for me...it's certainly a much easier trip for me than was the Nanaimo Meetup. The trouble is that I have quite a list of things I ABSOLUTLEY need to get done before I head down to Baja in mid-March. My plan for that weekend was to load up my pickup to the gills with topsoil for my Gulf Island garden...so maybe I can perform a Victoria pub detour en route? Perhaps I can hit a nursery for some dirt on the way from the pub meetup to the ferry back to my island? That might work. I will monitor this thread, see how many people might be going, peruse Google Maps to see where I might get some soil nearby the meetup location...and gauge the reaction of DW when I tell her I might again be meeting up with some "internet" people. ;)
Spinnaker's looks like a great place BTW.