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Jul 26, 2018 - Valemount

The Chinook, the largest & strongest of the salmon species, come here to spawn in Swift Creek & there’s an excellent viewing site in town next to the Visitors Centre. It’s the furthest they can get up the Frazer River system & the fish who entered the river from the Pacific in early Spring haven’t quite got here yet. The book says they arrive from late July but the lady in the campground told me they never get here until the first week in August so I’m just a little bit early. They travel upstream over 1,300 km & lose weight on the journey...

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Canada 2018

Jul 25, 2018 - Clearwater to Valemount

I’m still on Alberta time, a hour ahead of everyone else, so I left early this morning to go into the nearby Wells Gray Provincial Park which is known for its waterfalls. I saw 3 of the over 20 named falls & they were all very different. I started off at Helmcken Falls, one of the highest in Canada then travelled back towards Clearwater to Dawson Falls which isn’t very high but is quite beautiful as the water cascades over 200,000 year old lava beds. The final falls I saw were Spahats Creek Falls which were a short 5 minute walk from the...

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Canada 2018

Jun 21, 2017 - Peaceful Day in the Robson Valley

After a hearty breakfast, the four of us started a ride west along Canada Hwy 16, destination Prince George. The cooler morning temps convinced the Everharts that a 300 mile round trip was not in their daily cards. After 40 miles west, the two parties separated: Joe and Mary continuing towards Prince George while Cherie and Dennis returned to the cabin for a 5 mile hike into the valley and down to the Fraser River. Enjoyed watching all the ground squirrels popping up out of their burrows to check us out. Here's a fun fact for you East...

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Jun 20, 2017 - The Best of Times... The Worst of Times...

Woke up to a cloudy skies and some occasional showers today. Dennis, who is apparently still on Eastern time, woke up at 4:30 am and got a great photo of the early morning sun rise, hitting the summer solstice here at the 54th parallel. With a bit of reservation about the wet weather on my (Cherie's) part, we decided to cross our fingers and head into Jasper National Park to check out the scenery. As we moved on the weather seemed to clear a little bit and the scenery and views in Jasper were terrific (this is the best of times part). First...

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Jun 19, 2017 - Eastward to the Valemount Chalet

The day began early from the Bear Claw Inn where we headed east to reach our destination in Valemount, BC,to reach our rented chalet in the snow capped mountains surrounded by fields of hay and horses. The arid mountains transitioned into green, lush undergrowth and full evergreens. We stopped at the Thompson River with raging rapids and a train passing nearby sounded its whistle. Hoping to see bears, mountain goats and elk as the roadside signs warned of wildlife nearby, we were unfortunate they were occupied in the woods... During our...

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May 28, 2017 - Getting warmer

It was a most pleasant 600plusK trip today. The Coquihalla, Merritt, Kamloops, Barriere, Clearwater and on to Valemount. Sun was shining, no wind, traffic was non existent except for rental RVs all heading south. Mostly European I imagine. Temps are in lo 90s today. My windshield looks like it was in a bug fight and the bugs lost, there are a lot of critters won't be going home tonite. Rig continues to perform admirably, climbs were no problem. North Thompson, Coldwater and the other smaller rivers were all raging torrents today. No white...

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Feb 21, 2014 - Valemount, British Columbia

Finally I am on my way for my five-month tour of the Arctic. So far it has not been fun. After cleaning house and packing the trailer, I got on the road at 9 a.m. It was minus 13 degrees C but with a bitter cold wind it felt much colder. The road was bare in places and icy in places. In some places it was snowing and with the wind, snow drifts were forming across the road. Occasionally the sun popped out for a short while and the road was dry and it was cold but nice. Then back into the gloom and snow again. It kept changing like that all...

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Find Tom 6

Sep 8, 2013 - Valemount

Drove all day today to Valemount, British Columbia, on the west side of the Rocky Mountains. Next, we have to get over the mountains to Alberta on the other side. I will probably be driving at 20 kph for an hour pulling the trailer up the mountain. Hope all goes ok with my poor old truck. I avoided the mountains on the trip up by taking the Alaska highway which skirts around the mountains to the north. It is nice to be away from the rainforest. Today was sunny and hot. A little bit too hot at 26 C but better than rain every day. Actually,...

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Find Tom 6

Sep 20, 2011 - Sleepy faces

Spent the night in Valemount. Poor Bert. Out there re-wiring every stuff. Looks like a soup and sandwich dinner at Irvin's Good Sam. OMG - what a beautiful site we saw heading west this morning. The sky was so very clear, we could see the top of Mt. Robson. Spectacular! A good omen I think. Speaking of good omens...Bert found his medallion. Missing for two years and there is was hiding in back of the radio console up front in Max's dash. Yep! It's going to be a good trip. I can feel it in the air.

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Jul 6, 2011 - Valemount, BC

Stopped at the Wells-Gray Provincial Park in BC on the way. Hiked to 3 beautiful waterfalls. Our plan was to head to Jasper National Park for the night but the man at the visitor centre said this park is much prettier than Jasper and we won't be disappointed. He was right, though we may have to skip Jasper this trip due to time constraints. Tonight at Irvins RV park in Valemount, BC. Miles: 320 Campground: $32 Good Wi-fi Diesel in Kamloops: $1.189/L

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Alaska

Aug 26, 2010 - Salmon Run

Survival of the fittest on the Fraser River Today we left Prince George and headed southeast on Highway 16, a stretch of Trans Canadian Highway known as the Yellowhead Highway. Our destination was the upper Fraser River north of Valemount. The Fraser River flows west out of the Canadian Rockies. It makes a giant, 800 mile loop through British Columbia, and finally reaches Vancouver where it flows through the Strait of Georgia to the Pacific Ocean. (The route of the river is shown on the Homepage of this trip journal.) The Fraser River is...

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2010 Race 2 Finish

Aug 17, 2010 - Hart Highway to the Yellowhead

We had forgotten just how expensive things are in Canada, particularly produce. Prices are 60-100% higher than in Illinois. (Granted, asparagus is not in season, but $8.09 a pound?) There was quite a thunderstorm overnight, but not too much rain. Eastern BC has been having a very dry summer; there are a lot of forest fires. This was a driving day; we headed out on Highway 97 (this stretch is the Hart Highway). There were a couple of brief construction delays and one short detour due to a rolled-over truck (driver seemed to be OK). Then we...

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