Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Well, it finally arrived, and now it is over for another year.

The Merritt Mountain Music Festival, that is!

This is a country music festival in it's 15th year, held in Merritt, BC, which is on the Cocquihalla highway, midway between Kamloops and Hope.

This year's headline entertainers included the likes of Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Carrie Underwood, Gretchen Wilson, The Roadhammers, CCR, Jamie O'neil, and many many more. And as usual, there was a great line-up in the beer garden as well. It is hard to find photos to post that are not incriminating to someone, or that contravene the rule of Merritt. "What happens in Merritt - Stays in Merritt"!
But I did find a few that were OK!

Here is the main gate into Merritt, not the gate into the festival!

Surprisingly, I did not take a photo of Harley who spent much of the time in a shady, fenced-in area under my camper, where he could stay cool in the green grass and feast on grasshoppers while watching passers-by. Many people got to know him and they would always stop and listen to him talk when they walked by the camper, and they would get upset if he was not there to greet them. People are just not used to seeing cats out and about, but I did see a very similar cat (a scaredy cat) camped nearby.
Here is a pic of our camp. We had about 9 units in a big circle with our own little courtyard in the middle.

Also hung out a bit with the Brent Lee Band
Brent and Pam, Kelly and Tammie, and various of their 'fan club'.
Here's Brent and Pam with me in the beer garden.

And a pic of some of the 'fan club' showing off their Brent Lee shorts!

There was also a line dancing group from Gabby's in Langley.

And, I met some people from The Big B Saloon in Mission, B.C.

The weather was very Hot most of the time and the temperature inside the camper was frequently at 37C, but with a bit of a breeze, some shade, and a few cool ones, it was all quite 'beerable'.
Almost everyone flocks to the Coldwater river during the day - as it runs right through the middle of the grounds.

Both coming and going, I chose the quieter highway 5A option to get back to Kamloops. It goes by several lakes including Nicola Lake, Stump Lake, and Douglas Lake.

Another shot of the highway west of Golden, B.C.

And the gas prices in Golden are the highest around, quite consistently, so don't buy gas there if you can avoid it.

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