Man O Man
Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
64Trip End Oct 18, 2012
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Well the last 2 days have been some driving, but we have seen some pretty good stuff as well. We had a late start from Osoyoos (O-soy-use) because Steffie and I visited the Osoyoos Desert Centre. It was a volunter run operation and reportedly this region has Canada's only desert. But don't think that this desert is all sand dunes, it was more like dry grasses, small ball cactus and saltbush. We did spy a Jackrabbit and possibly a snake, but the 1.5km boardwalk was pretty boring. There were a few stuffed animals, birds and snake skins, but it was pretty small. Only $7 though.
We picked up Joe from the visitor centre and drove west along Highway 3 which parallels the border with the US. After stopping at a viewpoint and Spotted Lake, we passed through a few more fruit areas like Keremeos
In the morning, we got up around 8am and because there were no showers I just did my daily pushups and situps in the tent. Its a bit of a lottery with campgrounds if you get nice soft ground or hard gravel, lots of mosquitos or no shade or showers or running water so its a different routine every day. Luckily we are pretty self sufficient with a 20L water jug and a camp stove. Our first stop was to find Lightning Lake which ended up being a few kms back from where we did the Canyon walk. We walked around the lake spying all the Columbian Ground Squirrels and over the Rainbow Bridge and back again in 90 minutes. It was ok, but I guess the drive up to Cascade Viewpoint would provide us with better views. It was 8kms up switchbacks and past a spruce grouse before we could look out over the valley. It looks weird to see so many mountains without snow on them.
Eventually we returned to the main Highway 3 and continued west towards the town of Hope
After walking along the suspension bridge, we caught the tram back up to the highway and continued along our way. We were planning on stopping at Lytton for the night, but we still had time so we drove along a narrow winding road which at times was only 1 lane along the cliff face to Lillooet (Lil-loo-et). The campground here is pretty crap, but we are technically tenting on the beach tonight next to the very full Fraser River and stealing power and water but whatever. The countryside here is much different to the lush tree covered mountain valleys from this morning, with an almost desert like landscape full of rockslides, bare mountain peaks and not much green at all. Its amazing how much things chance when you travel.