On the way north we ran into some very yucky weather….snow in April on the west coast. Not totally unheard of, but most definitely unusual. The snow hit us just around rush hour in the north bound Seattle / Everett area. This made for a very slow drive north. We drove up to the Sumas/Abbotsford crossing and once again had less than 10 minutes to wait to cross.
We decided to stay in Mission last night at a local campground, Sun Valley Trout Park. This place was terrible! They charged $25.00 for a tent and the whole place reminded us of a homeless camp. The RVs were filthy and covered in tarps. Each site had garbage and junk piled up – it looked horrible. The washrooms were outhouses and the showers were a 10 minute walk from the tenting area (and not clean at all). The people hanging around made us uncomfortable about leaving our tent unattended. We did survive the night – it rained a bit and got quite cold again.
Saturday dawned cold but sunny and we headed to town to do some shopping and visit relatives. Stopped by to see Mission’s famous landmark - Westminster Abbey (did not take the time to tour it today). This monastery attracts thousands of visitors/year. The Benedictine monks that inhabit the Abbey have created a self-sufficient pastoral lifestyle. The Abbey is located on a 180 metre elevation above the Fraser River on a 200 acre site that includes the Abbey grounds, farm and seminary campus. The most distinctive feature is the abbey church and tower with a ring of 10 bells that are heard Sunday mornings 15 minutes before the 10 a.m. Mass. There is a panoramic view from the Abbey of the Fraser Valley. I remember driving to Lake Errock to visit my cousin (back when I was 9 and 10 years old) and seeing the Abbey standing regally on the hill.
In the late afternoon we met up with Heidi and Paul and took up the offer to pack up the tent and head for Surrey to stay in a warm room, with a real toilet, clean shower and great company! All in all a great trip so far! Till later, P & C