P George-Cache C-Burlington-P Angeles-C Disappoint
Trip Start Mar 29, 2009
127Trip End Aug 29, 2010
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After all the forestry we have driven through, we're enjoying the big wide open spaces and seeing the picturesque fields of hay bales in the making, livestock and corralled horses.
We passed through the pretty flower filled town of Quesnel to take photos of it's fire hydrants. Fire hydrants? Yes, because really, they're kind of cutsey. 23 of them, handpainted, depicting the town's historical characters.
A seriously hazy day today driving down the 97. There are more than 360 separate wildfires burning through tinder dry parts of BC province causing evacuations and sadly, loss of life.
Tuesday 03 July. Cache Creek - Burlington
Last night we were invited to have dinner with a super couple we met in Prince George.
Wayne and Rena from the Yukon are travelling in a brand new monster of a caravan that is just heavenly inside with a queen size bedroom, a bathroom, separate loo and a dream of a kitchen. Rena who used to be a chef cooked and spoilt us - with a very tasty steak dinner.
Cache Creek is normally arid and dry but last night it rained heavily along with a good thunder and lightning show. A godsend for all the firefighters now trying to quell at least 400 separate wildfires in BC province. Early this morning we thought the weather was clearing but it continued to worsen as we wended our way along the picturesque Fraser River canyon. The roads were good but rutted ensuring a slow drive. Great - for a change we could take in all the sights instead of everything wizzing past us!
Often see the firefighters fly overhead.
Building the much used railway on either side of the canyon must have been a challenging task for the engineers way back in 1881.
A beautiful drive even in the rain alongside the Fraser River. In the 1860's paddlesteamers used to transport men and supplies up this swift and often treacherous river to and from the Cariboo goldfields
If we don't count the 15 minute wait in a queue at the Canadian/US border we can safely say we were through in less than 2 minutes. Such a nice young customs officer who, after ascertaining we were heading home in a couple of weeks, waved us straight through.
It was a tricky decision but we have decided to save Banff and Jasper for another trip. Instead we'll take a leisurely (??) ride down the coastal road of the west coast keeping the daily k's to a minimum and enjoy some longer stopovers. Well, that's the plan....
Wednesday 04 July. Burlington - Port Angeles.168ks.
Away at 8.45am to Whidbey Island, driving through the fantastic scenery of Deception Pass State Park.
Deception Pass Bridge. This spectacular bridge is one of the scenic wonders of north west Washington with spectacular views and a favourite spot for photographers. We couldn't wait to see such magnificence. Alas, we arrived just as the mist rolled in and didn't get to see much of anything.
We stopped at Oak Harbour to have a slow tyre leak fixed and a cuppa.
Thursday 05 July. Port Angeles - Cape Disappointment. 447ks.
A lacklustre day. Grey, gloomy and drizzly as we drove the Washington coast road through forest and parks. The road was further inland than we thought so we didn't get to see a lot of the water front but what we did see was mainly mud flats.
With today in mind and for a bit of fun we decided to drive out to Cape Disappointment for the night. What a great spot we had in the middle of a State Park amongst all the native trees... and spiders! Having arrived early we set off to do something we haven't done for ages, took a big long hill walk through the forest. Exhilarating.