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Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Oct 18, 2012

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Howdy folks,

Steffie and I managed to sleep into 7am, which was nice and the weather was bright and sunny. We packed up the tent for the last time for a while and made a good start driving back into Clearwater. We made one stop at Spahats Falls which wasn't as big as Helmcken Falls, but had created this really deep and narrow gorge before joining up with the Clearwater River below. It was a good point to end our somewhat unexciting trip to Wells Gray.

Back in Clearwater, the first thing we did was jump back on the internet and reconnect with the world. A $1.50 burger isn't the most nutritious for breakfast, but it was certainly very cheap. We drove the short distance down into Kamloops and met our new couch surfer Joe from England. It wasn't difficult to find him, but we had to drive through the city first to find a map. After we picked him up, we drove to a cheap motel to check in and have a shower. It is amazing how good a shower feels after not having one for 2 nights, especially to wash off the bug spray and sunscreen.

We ended up relaxing in the room for the rest of the afternoon before going out for pizza and a beer for dinner. It certainly wasn't an action filled night. It was pretty warm in Kamloops though being around 27 degrees. The cloud cover was making it pretty humid and all the rain washing down through from the mountains was flooding the river. We didn't do any sightseeing there.

In the morning we all had a nice sleep in before getting the car packed and driving to Vernon at the top of the Okanagan Valley. We were going to stay one night in Salmon Arm, but ended up bypassing it in order to catch up with Dave and Jack who were staying in Kelowna. We stopped in Vernon for an hour and got out to stretch our legs and check out the 27 odd murals that were painted around town. Most of them were quite impressive, but we only saw 10 or so before we had to get back into the car because of the rain.

It wasn't long before we were driving in a lake filled valley past RV dealerships and McDonald signs into Kelowna. The city is pretty big at 150,000 people and double the size of Kamloops. After living in Banff for a year which is so small, big cities kind of stress me out now! All that traffic and getting lost. It is much simpler when there is just one main road! We parked downtown at the City Park and went to find Dave and Jack at the Samesun hostel. It was great to see them again and it was nice to take a walk along the waterfront, but pretty soon it started raining heavily. We ducked into a museum to waste some time and they had an interesting exhibit on bridal gowns and traditions, but the rest of the exhibits were sort of thrown together in no particular fashion.

We decided that camping in thunderstorms probably wasn't the best idea, so we checked into a cheap motel that was quite nice and even came with breakfast. After a light dinner, we drove back into downtown and had a few beers with the boys at an Irish pub near the waterfront. We decided after a few jugs to continue back at the hostel and ended up running into Christian and his family who were on their way back from Vancouver! It was so bizarre to see a few people from Banff in the same place, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise.
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