Back from Bella Coola, B.C. that is!
Once again, I have waited too long to blog this, but at least there are lots of photos to save the day.
After my $112. fill up with diesel in Bella Coola, we headed out and back up the big hill into the Chilcotin once again.
A nice McClinchy river-side camp spot beckoned us on the way after passing through Nimpo lake. The mosquitoes were few and the firewood plentiful, so it was right to sit outside beside the fire, while listening and watching the rambling river.
I was not sure if the postal strike had ended or not, but there was certainly no one on duty at the places I found!
Another small coffee shop was not sure if it was open or not?
I stopped at another empty little campground further along the river where Hailey was outwitted by the little chipmunks. In both photos the chipmunk is directly above her on top of the fence!
Speaking of fences, they sure like their fences in Chilcotin and Cariboo. There were many styles, but almost all made from wood poles. There are also lots of modern barbed wired fences, but they are not so photogenic. Most are made from round logs, but a few are split pole varieties.
Back in Williams Lake, I visited the very impressive visitor centre. While the building itself is pretty spectacular, they have a beautiful log cabin built right inside the main building!
I probably should have stopped in here before the trip out to the coast . The visitor centre also had a good supply of free wi-fi!
Nearby, in the wilds, I discovered a colony of marmots who were not that shy about having their photos taken.
Actually, in this case, the ‘wilds’ was located less than 100’ from the back of the Walmart. Rather strange place to find marmots I thought, but it looked like perhaps their original home had been destroyed when tons of rock was removed to build the store. They had taken up residence in a pile of post-construction rock rubble. Incidentally, I worked with the folks at Allstays on my ‘Overnight Parking Walmart’ app on my iphone, to correct the location shown for this store – which was several miles away. They now show the correct location on the map. It is a new area, and my Tomtom was confused as well.
The next night I headed a bit south to Green Lake, and found this group of eagles sitting in trees along the lakeshore. I was able to take photos through my spotting scope.
On the way back, I found the diesel for sale at $1.17/l at the Flying J east of Kamloops, using my gasbuddy app.
I’m a long way from an English major, but it still bugs me when some folks who should know better try to add new words to the language.
If you don’t see the problem with this sign, perhaps you should consider some high school! (Now I’m likely to have people point out my mistakes and typos – of which I make a lot).
I even checked the dictionary on this one, to make sure it was not an ‘American’ spelling (like: neighbor, center, labor).
Often used by people who have no grasp of the English language. The correct spelling is "Paid", which is of course the past tense of the word "Pay".
After a quick visit in Lake Louise, I was glad to find lots of room at one of my favourite camp spots on Abraham Lake – not far from home.
I have been at my ‘home without wheels’ for a couple days of mowing and laundry, and am now ready to hit the pavement and gravel again. Last time was west. This time could be north! Stay tuned …