Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

One last shot of Dutch Lake before pulling out this morning...

We enjoyed traveling beside many trains today through the beautiful countryside...

We made a quick stop for lunch in Kamloops and visited an...

Uh oh, this doesn't look good does it?

A quick look back at the road traveled as we move into...

Pretty to look at...

Neat rock formations to our right...check out how the trees just stop!

A brief stop at a Rest Area, not very good visibility here...

Isn't this beautiful?

And one last shot for today, see you in Rosedale...


We got a reasonably early start this morning and were quite happy to see the sun trying to break through a thin layer of clouds. Our route today is Hwy 5 heading south. It wasn't long before we were passing lush and fertile valleys, where we understand they produce some of the tastiest fruits and vegetables in North America. This also included numerous vineyards and wineries. From there we encountered high plateaus and rolling ranch land.

British Columbia even has its own pocket desert, near Kamloops, complete with cacti and dunes! South of Kamloops, Highway 5 is known as the Coquihalla Highway (colloquially "the Coke"), and is a 116 mile long freeway, varying between four and six lanes and having a posted speed limit of 110 km/h (68 mph). It is so-named because it generally follows the Coquihalla River for about 37 miles near Hope and also uses the Coquihalla Pass.

As we climbed out of the valley, we were greeted with majestic views and not far down the road we encountered a light rain and then the remnants of the snow storm from the day before. Fortunately, we decided to spend Friday night in Clearwater, after our day of sight-seeing at the Wells Gray Provincial park the day before. We just wanted a complete day of rest. That turned out to be a good decision as we understand they got a foot of snow in the Coquihala Pass on Friday. By the time we arrived Saturday, the warm sun had melted most of it off. We did go through spells of sunshine, light rain, dark clouds and then more sunshine. Made for an interesting and beautiful drive!

Before long we arrived at the town of Hope. I like that name, don't you? I read up on it and learned that the town of Hope grew quickly in 1858 when gold was discovered in several areas further up the Fraser River. The town is surrounded by stunning scenery, where mountains tower a kilometer or more over the river valley, and was showcased in Silvester Stallone's "First Blood" action movie, filmed nearby.

I also learned that BC was explored, exploited and settled so quickly in the late 1800s that the Crown (representing first England, and then the Dominion of Canada) could not settle land claims with the First Nations fast enough. Along the Fraser and Thomson River valleys, this segment of the Trans-Canada Highway passes through numerous Indian Reservations, and there are still many unsettled land claims. The original residents settled in numbers along the Fraser River because the salmon provided a reliable source of food, and were easy to harvest from the many shallow sandbanks along the river's length. That answered the questions we had as we moved in and out of the reserves on our drive today.

We also learned that railways do not function well when slopes exceed 4%. Two national railways (the CPR in the 1870s and the CNR in the 1900s) had built their routes along the easy grades on both banks. The highway, completed in 1962 had to be built along whatever land is left over and therefore winds, changes levels, even changes sides of the river (we compared our route with the railway on the opposite bank!)

We arrived at our final destination about 4pm. The Camperland RV Resort in Rosedale. It is a Holiday Trails park (a membership program) but they accept 'outsiders' when it is not 'in season'. A very nice facility. We were tired and happy to be here. We sent our satellite up and finally locked on TV, but never could get Internet. There is Wi-Fi available for $2.50 a day and that is what I am currently posting with. It is fast, but there is a bandwidth usage rule. So, I probably won't pay for service every day while here. We are moving closer to Surrey on Thursday morning and will have service through the weekend there. There are several neat things to do in this area, so please come back soon. I think we are visiting Minter Gardens first....



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