Thursday, July 05, 2007

Just a Big Ol' Circle

I hope you all had a great 4th of July yesterday! We enjoyed ourselves. We started out about 10:00 yesterday morning, headed north on the Sea to Sky Highway out of West Vancouver, and just went in a big ol' circle. We weren't really sure exactly what we'd do when we started out! Beth and I packed enough food for an army, Wes and the boys packed it in the car, and away we went. This ended up being the route we took, beginning in North Van, on the lower left corner of that loop (and yes, it took all day!):



We took some pics along the way. They don't call this province Beautiful British Columbia for nothing!

Outside the Visitors' Centre in Pemberton, BC




Between Pemberton and Lillooet, BC


We totally enjoyed the scenery between North Vancouver and Lillooet, although the highway left much to be desired once we got past this valley north of Pemberton. The road was rough and there were many places where the bridges over the rivers were just one lane. It's been a long time since I've been on such curvy roads, too! There were several come-back-and-meet-yourself hairpin curves, but the scenery was just breathtaking. I didn't get many pictures on this rougher stretch of road because there just weren't many places to stop - the road was too narrow! We did pull up beside a large lake and take a few, though.





Lillooet, at the top of the loop, did not thrill us. It was very arid and hot there - 95 degrees hot! Did you know it got that hot in Canada, or did you think it was always cool up here?! Honestly, where we live in North Van, near the coast, is very moderate (hot to us is 85), but up in the more arid areas of BC and across the prairies of Canada (the prairies in the Dakotas don't stop at the international border!) the temps can go to each extreme of hot and cold. I would compare Lillooet to the High Desert of southern California. No pics there either, although the scenery was fantastic. We were hundreds of feet above a river for quite a bit of our journey down the eastern side of the loop. In one small town, Lytton, we saw an eagle's nest that was on the top of a huge pole below the road, bringing the nest to just about eye-level with us! And there was an eagle sitting in it! But I have no picture, because we were (a) going too fast; (b)not in a place where we could pull off the road; and (c) not quick enough to realize what we were seeing as we passed it! LOL By the time Sam and I said, "There's a huge eagle's nest!" we were already past it, with no way of turning around and going back. You'll just have to take our word for it! ;)

We stopped in Hope, BC for our picnic supper. We love Hope. It's back down into the beautiful Fraser Valley, full of evergreens, mountains, and cooler temps. We pulled into the Visitors' Centre there to eat, and enjoyed the cool breezes and shade.

I love flags! From the far end: Canada, US, BC, Hope, and The Visitor Centre






11 comments:

  1. oh what a great day...and a day of memories....the pictures are beautiful.
    Deby

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  2. I'm visiting your blog from Mishel's place....your pictures of your travels are just stunning!! We had the privilege of traveling to BC years ago and were really in awe of the beauty. In Texas we are surrounded by flat lands and I do miss the mountains of the midwest. It was nice visiting you today. I will return soon to read some more on your blog. Have a great week!

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  3. What beautiful photos! I'm glad you had a nice trip. Thanks for sharing.

    Trixie

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  4. Wow - it's so beautiful there! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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  5. Beautiful pictures! The scenery is so stunning and your family is adorable! (I love the pic where you're hugging Wes!) :o)

    How can anyone look at those mountains and doubt the awesomeness of God?

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  6. Your pictures are just breathtaking! Glad you had a wonderful day. :)
    Blessings,
    Mrs. C

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  7. Tonja9:36 PM

    Yipee! I got to see these pictures!
    It's like looking at postcards!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Tonja

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  8. Great pictures!! That is interesting about Lillooet's weather--it does sound similar to where I live--extreme heat in the summer and snow in the winter.

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  9. So beautiful! My husband and I will be up that way on an Alaskan Cruise in the end of July!

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  10. Yes, B.C is gorgeous!! I sure do love the scenery here. Looks like a fabulous day.

    Jess~

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  11. How pretty Susan.
    I loved all the pictures.
    Have a blessed day.
    Elizabeth

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