A journey of contrasts - Whistler to Kamloops

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Pinegrove Campground and RV Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, October 12, 2008

We defenitely could have stayed in Whistler a little longer, but with my favourite shops there (Gap, Guess), we would have only spent more money.  Too tempting.

We set off around 9.00am, along Highway 99, and came head on with some more jaw-dropping scenery.  We travelled through many snow-capped mountains and along rushing rivers (this just seems to be the norm), and then just out of Pemberton, we passed through an Indian settlement, where we saw, amongst other things, the Bald Eagle, and an acutal wigwam, and a couple of stag, recently killed, and 'hanging' - although the hanging of meat is not unusual, it doesn't normally stare you in the face, as you round the bend.  However, they are self-sufficient, and friendly, as one nice Indian man, gave us the biggest wave as he we approached him on his bike.   It's all these things that bring a smile to your face.

Just past there we made a stop at Seton Lake Reservoir, which again was postcard perfect.  Started talking to a Canadian couple who were touring around from Vancouver, and they were telling us about all the sage that was growing wild there.  The smell was obvious.   Apparantly it grows in abundance, in the 'dessert like'  climate (as we were soon to find out).  

From there on, it was like somebody had turned a switch, and we went from mountains, forests and rivers to baron flat wilderness, with a oasis of green pasture dotted around.   It is so difficult to absorb the vastness of it all - almost never-ending, and even more difficult to explain.  Even the temperature was quite different, from ice in the morning, to a superb pleasant autumn day,with warm sun, and only a slight chill in the air.   And of course, the colours of autumn are stunning.

After our journey through nearly four season, we stopped at Kamloops for grocery supplies, and also to get some things for Harrison's birthday tomorrow.  The kids went to the $1 shop (equivalent to our $2 shops), and they had a absolute ball.   We'll remember today for the scenery, they'll remember for their shopping conquests.

We stopped at Pinegrove Campground, just a little North of Kamloops, for the evening.  It's a tranquil place to rest nestled among the Pine trees, a very fitting end to the day...   from rich green trees, to vast golden landscapes - it was certainly a wonderful journey of contrasts. 
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