Still going north

Trip Start May 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 31, 2014

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Reynolds Resort

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Leaving Whistler we travelled to Canim Lake (Reynolds Resort) near 100 Mile House, towards Williams Lake in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast area/ In the Cariboo mountains in the Canadian Rockies. We found a beautiful site on the lake in the torrential rain. But when we woke up the next morning there was sunshine so we stayed another day and caught up with washing, and just generally had a break from driving. (The owner of the place was very excited when he heard we were from South Africa as he has a SA girlfriend - from Oudtshoorn. He couldn't pronounce it, so he said it was near George.... ! And he wants us to go back his way, and stay at his house so that we can meet the lady who arrives in a couple of weeks time!) This place was so pretty, and it is a fisherman's dream. A little seaplane bobbed just off the jetty on the lake and the water lapped like a calm sea in front of us. At night the jetty lights lit up, and you could see all the little places along the lake. It is 28kms long. It freezes up totally in winter and people skate over the lake to visit!

On the way to Canim we climbed steeply into the mountains, still snowing in places, past glaciers and avalanche areas. Even on these steep, cold roads there were cyclists. It seems to be that the ski resorts have extensive cycle tracks so that in the summer months people visit to do that and to walk the mountain trails. The Grand Tetons also had well-used, beautifully maintained cycle tracks. Noticed that the busses had bicycle racks in front and carried bicycles. (In Vancouver we were also impressed by the polite way that people are treated on busses... A guy in a wheelchair boarded, and the driver immediately put down the special ramp, and rushed to flip back chairs in the bus to make space for him.... Then a couple with a pram got in and the same thing...)

We followed the gold rush trail from Lillooet. The Highway #97 is called the Cariboo Highway. I have a book listing campsites, so we were looking in the area for a good place. A place listed near Squamish , en-route to Whistler, had the most classic ad... It was called Paradise Valley - nogal! But this is their ad taken directly from the book....
"Enjoy quiet camping, no radios please! (earphones only). Quiet guitar strumming until 10:00pm....". So disappointed that I gave my guitar to Thembile when we left the farm ( he couldn't even strum, but was very enthusiastic!!) Just get the feeling that Andy would have enjoyed quiet strumming, with maybe quiet little lyrics added!!!!!

Am missing my bridge. When we got the information for our sailing up to Skagway along the Alaskan Marine Highway, I was very excited to see that there is a card room.... But then it also says that passengers with no cabins are welcome to pitch tents and camp on the decks/ or sleep in lounger chairs... So don't think that it's going to be like The Queen Mary...! It's called The Matanuska, named after a glacier.
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Gill on

Shame about the guitar, you could have played Vandi Vandi to Andy (until 10pm).

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