Having a wonderful time

Trip Start May 31, 2009
Trip End Jul 01, 2009

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Ev and Tracey's house

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, June 14, 2009

Wednesday dawned warm and sunny, and so we decided to get some exercise and walk up a local ski field, following the old pomma lift line. It certainly was good exercise, for both of us and Evan and Oakley the dog. We certainly huffed and puffed, but the view from the top was well worth it. Could see for miles around, and got a feel for the area of 100 Mile House.

Thursday was a big day - we went to Barkerville, which is a three hour drive from 100 Mile. We left at just after 6 am, and arrived about 9.45 am, after taking a brief break for a "drive thru coffee and donuts - can you believe it!

Barkerville is based on an the original site of the town - an old gold mining town - similar to Shantytown on the West Coast, but a much larger scale, and also includes the China town section as well. It is a "working" town, so the shops operate. Everyone is dressed in the old style, and you are walked around the town and introduced to all the different areas and given a brief history lesson. We also did the same around the China town section.

There is just soo much to see and do. We were there from 9.45 through until 4.30 pm and the time just flew. We saw as much as we could, but know we could go back and spend a similar amount of time doing other things. It was just excellent. We are both thrilled to have made the effort (well - thanks to Ev and Tracey we made the effort) to get there. It was a great day. The weather was just like home - four seasons in one day. Started off warm and sunny, middle of the day we had a huge thunder and lightening storm, and then it returned to sun and blue sky again.

Friday Ev, Tracey and the kids were off at school/work, so we entertained ourselves, taking in 108 mile lake. It is a small lake, so we walked around it. Wonderful sights of the lake, the houses (log and usual kinds), water fowl, etc, etc. We also managed to have lunch with a bus load of school kids we had met at Barkerville the day before. Quite uncanny! They were heading back to Vancouver.

Saturday was spent visiting local lakes and water falls. There are heaps of every kind here. Sunday was the same, but was spent at Wells Grey Park - in another direction. The waterfalls have been growing in stunningness all the way!!! The second last one we saw (Dawson) was like a mini Niagara, and the last (Helmcken) was just very high, taking in a huge drop and sending tons of spray into a cavernous area. It was stunning on the day, and must be even more so in the winter, when the air freezes the spray, etc.

We have also managed to see quite a bit of wildlife whilst here. Tonight (Sunday night) there are deer in the garden, upsetting the goats a little. There have been deer on the road sides and running across the road. There have been Moose with large sets of antlers, there was a Coyote today, and also a very large brown bear in the Wells Grey trip. Just stunning. It is so strange to have this wildlife just there - we only ever hear about it.

And of course the weather - we have been in 22-28 degrees most days - lovely blue sky and sunshine, but again, most days have ended in large thunder and lightening storms and good downpours of rain. Much wanted by all around, as there have been threats of forest fires - one quite close a couple of weeks ago, and another currently burning about 50 kms away. So they are very happy to see a bit of rain. It is all working well for us.

We are really enjoying our time with Ev, Tracey and the kids. Tracey is a wonderful cook - I am surprised Ev and the kids aren't the size of a house. We will be if we stay here much longer!!! We are actually looking to be away on Tuesday, for more of our trip. Not looking forward to that part, as we have all been getting along like a house on fire. They also tell me that Ev is regaining his Kiwi accent whilst we are here - can't tell that myself, although I do notice he is not as broad as Tracey in his speech.

Take care everyone. Will be in more regular contact via email once we get back into the wider world, and back on to broadband. Hope to download some pics then too. Have been taking heaps - trying to get Tracey on camera is not quite so easy, but malcy is doing his best!
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