Day 15 - Kamloops to Nairn Falls Provincial Park

Trip Start Aug 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 23, 2008

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

The other thing that the overnight campsite offered was a launderette and hot showers, so we managed to catch up on all our admin (as they say in the Army - Chrissy did the dobey).     By morning we were refreshed and raring to go.   It is worth mentioning that the scenery around Kamloops was quite unlike anything we had seen so far.   It was almost desert-like, very dry and dusty, a few pine trees up to the peaks of the high ground.   It was a real contrast to the Rockies, yet such a short journey away.   Another notable thing about the overnight stop was the passing trains - these and toilets were also becoming a measure of the trip.    There are so few routes through the terrain that the rivers, roads and railways all follow the same course.  This is fine until your campsite ends up close to the tracks, particularly when the Goods Trains are long - we measured one and it was over 2 kms long - that takes a long time to pass and at 0200 it can be a bit of a nuisance.   As for toilets, well they can be measured in many ways as well - but this is neither the time nor the place to go into detail - buy me a beer one day and I will enlighten you.
Before we go further with the narrative, perhaps we should digress and remark on some of the other things that have amused us on our way.  Phil discovered Beef Jerky a rather tasty Dried Beef concoction - we also discovered not to leave it unattended in and RV containing Monty.  He ate two whole packets and this tale ends up back with the subject of toilets - isn't that funny?   I think we mentioned bugs earlier in the Blog, we discovered that they are a form of winged Grasshopper - Chrissy was petrified of them, I think she thought they were flesh eating!
Our journey to Whistler set off through the Frazer Valley and yet again we were treated to some spectacular views, which got better and better as the day progressed.   I am becoming a little paranoid about wow, wow, wow, so I will restrain myself in this entry (although it would not be understated if I did say wow, wow, wow).    Every day of the journey so far has been remarkably different, some days were spent along highways, with cruise control in control and others, like this were Drivers' Days.   These roads were motorcyclist's roads and we dreamt of 'getting the knee down" as we carved the S's.   We went around switchbacks, up steep inclines, along sheer drop edges and down steep descents.   At one stage we were advised to stay in low gear for 13Kms - by the time we reached the bottom the brakes were beginning to smell and smoke just a little.   The route we were following was aptly called the Caribou Trail and by the end of it we had stiff necks from craning to see the peaks of the steeps valleys through which we had travelled.
In the end, we had stopped so many times, to marvel at the views and capture the day on camera that we stopped just short of Whistler (30 kms or so) in Nairn Falls Provincial Park.  It was idyllic - no electric, no showers, rudimentary toilets (there we go again) but in the most beautiful setting imaginable, with snow capped mountains as a backdrop and racing torrents of a mountain river as it cascades yards from the RV.  We settled down to a night by a campfire and a beer or two.
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