Monthly Archives: July 2009

A change in the wind

July 31

I woke up this morning in the Burns Lake Campground and RV park. I ducked in here last night exhausted and late after driving back roads for quite a time looking for a Forestry Campsite. The largly unadvertised and unmarked sites are usually free or very inexpensive and this one was supposed to be (is) on the shores of beautiful Francois Lake. I couldn’t find it and Vincents beautiful clean and shine from yesterday was destroyed by a section of road that had something put on it to minimize dust. Gooey.. I hated to pay the premium price for this place especially since I was arriving so late but the tenting sites are beautiful, treed and set on a hill above the RV section. The RV’s were all parked together in a big dusty field but this morning I heard them streaming out like motorized wagon train. They all get early starts and are back in a park early in the afternoon with stories of the days adventures.

The long road

The long road

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July 30 Prince George

I am in Prince George again today and am sitting in the air conditioned library. I am going to take advantage of this internet connection. I was in the Fort George Park and here I encountered the Fraser again after my visit to the Science Centre and Museum.

Bridges crossing the Fraser in Prince George

Bridges crossing the Fraser in Prince George

It is beautiful. I have spent time with the map trying to figure out where it comes from, especially after Gail gave me her information. I finally found this link to info about the river. Check it out.

Banks across from the museum

Banks across from the museum

I am off now to get Vincent a bath and fill the tank. Then off into the unknown. Couch Surfers are few and far between, a long weekend is looming and my anxiety factor is kicking in again. I love this journey. It is testing me in so many way’s. Thanks for coming along.

Stick man Mr. PG town mascot since the 1960's

Stick man Mr. PG town mascot since the 1960's

See you next time I have internet.

Musings on if it is working and thoughts about the Blog

July 29 from Bednesti Lake Campground

Bednesti Lake Campground

Bednesti Lake Campground

I am tucked away in Vincent for the night in the Bednesti Campground not far from Prince George. I am listening to the clang of my neighbours playing horseshoes and some evening birds over the lake. This was not the plan. I had a couch surfer all set up for tonight but I don’t think she is home. This is plan ‘b’ and it is working just fine. In a city the size of Prince George, I can’t seem to orient myself unless I am staying with someone. I ran around town and saw the sights as any tourist might now I am gone with no sense of it as a place.

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Barkerville and 10 Mile Lake Campground

Written July 28th in 10 Mile Lake Provincial Campground.

I spent the evening doing the back float in 10 Mile Lake. Ummmm. The water was not too cold but cool enough that I could really appreciate it after the heat of today. Families of ducks paddled around while I was swimming. I was wary of swimmers itch which I am told comes from fowl in the water so I was glad to be in a place where a hot shower was available even though I had to stand in a line up. It wasn’t so bad. It was a great opportunity to meet people Continue reading

July 27 Williams Lake and Quesnel – The gold rush trail

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Tonight I am in a campground near Barkerville, the historic town. Tomorrow I will get an early start before the sun gets too hot and see how much of the gold rush town/museum I can see. There are over 125 buildings and exhibits there. It could possibly take all day. Vincent and I are settled down for the night and I am wondering about campers. I always assume people come to campgrounds to get away from it all but tonight along with the lazy hum of the mosquitoes and the breeze moving the branches, I can hear generators purring. These are brought along so that the camper can enjoy all of the comforts of home in a campground that has no electricity. Luckily there is no one too close to me so if I pretend, I can imagine that the sound is the distant rush of a river…or maybe thunder. Continue reading

Tickled by my past again and walls

July 26

I think I mentioned that Caroline is a Vet. Last evening she was on call and a woman phoned with a sick dog. We walked over to the clinic and I played Vet. assistant helping her raise a vein on little Lulu who was feeling VERY bad. It was fun to be around the back of an animal hospital again. I was probably 25 the last time I did anything like that. As turned out, Lulu was so out of it that Caroline probably wouldn’t have needed me but it was a fun blast from the past. By the way, Lulu probably has a blockage from pigging out (or is that pupping out) on a cooked ham bone. We only put her on an IV last night. Today she is having x-rays and who knows what all else to get that blockage moved. Caroline says that bones and dogs are just not a good idea. She hasn’t been practicing that long but she tells me that this is a constant problem. Just be aware.

This morning we got up early to hike the ridge behind Caroline’s house. We took Caroline’s two dogs and met Bonnie with her two dogs. I have been looking forward to this for a while because I don’t really like walking by myself. With the group of us, it was unlikely that we would be approached by any animals. I was a little nervous about hiking with experienced hikers. I have been sitting in a van for 3 months but the hill didn’t look bad and so off we went.

The Hill

The Hill

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A gift from a book I am reading

I am reading a book and found this. I have read it before but it struck me again so I thought you might like it:

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves as well. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen accidents, meetings and material assistance that no one could have dreamed would come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” Goethe, by attribution

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The Chasm

V and I at the Chasm

V and I at the Chasm

July 25th.

I got up early to hike in the chasm area. I don’t know if the heat is letting up a bit or if I am just getting used to it. It is still very hot but today I don’t feel as much like lying at the bottom of a the bath tub for the whole day. My tent is in the sun right now and not a great place to be but there is a breeze and it is a beautiful day.

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On the whole, the chasm was very impressive but not the Grand Canyon. I was disappointed at the limited hiking there although the trail did make its way along the lip and I could feel my stomach doing flips as I looked down in spite of the chain link fence between me and the long drop. Continue reading

Amongst other things

Today I picked up a hitch hiker. I know, I know. But it was hot. Really hot. I was leaving Lillooet after spending the morning seeing a few things that Howard had recommended (Thanks so much Howard for the place, the couch surfing tips and the great view of the fire) and I was cooking. Vincent’s air conditioner was just starting to cool things off. Smoke from the burning woods on the mountain top was hanging heavy in the air. I couldn’t leave him there on the side of the road with no shade.  (I know Mom, I will try not to let it happen again) Anyway, Elliot was a nice young man and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon with him. I told him I was in no hurry, that Vincent stops for Ice cream and that I usually accumulate traffic behind me. He was headed to Cashe Creek to catch a ride to Kamloops and he didn’t mind my schedule. I think the rides were few and far between so…he would have agreed to almosst anything under the circumstances. Continue reading

People are so amazing

July 23

Vincent isn’t feeling well. He has a sore eye…it won’t blink. I tried compresses but finally I took him to Spierings Automotive on my way out of the Pemberton Valley. What an experience I had there. First, you have to remember that it was hot. The young lady behind the desk told me that their electronics “genius” was busy for another half hour so invited me in. I was able to set up my computer and get wireless for Adelle. She was tickled. We chatted while I checked my email. When it was Vincent’s turn he was put through a battery of tests that took almost an hour. At the end of that time it was determined that he needs a new switch. They didn’t have one so then Len spent quite a bit of time on the phone finding what I needed. Finally he found one in Williams Lake. I am going to be there on Monday so I set up an appointment. Until then I guess Vincent will have limited signaling abilities or a weird eye twitch. Then Len Spierings donated all of the time that he spent with me to the trip.

If you are reading this from the Pemberton area and you ever need work on your vehicle, try them out. To say the service was courteous would be to do it a disservice. It was down right friendly. I drove in off of the road and was taken in almost immediately and felt like I had friends there when I left. If it wasn’t so far…I think I would take all of our cars there.  If you are reading this from any other area… this is the standard all service centres should aim for.  Stay tuned to find out how Vincent manages for his surgery on Monday.

As expected, the road to Lillooet was beautiful although much of it was under construction so I did get to take some pictures.

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As I was approaching Lillooet I started to see smoke. Yes, it is a forest fire. I am staying with Howard who lives above the town across from the mountain that is burning. From here we can see the fire above the town. Right now it is still high but if the wind shifts it could sweep down into Lilloett. Howard says that the last time it happened many people evacuated to his front yard.  So I am safe Mom.

Fire

Fire

Howard says Lillooet is desert and that yesterday it was 38 degrees here. Tonight it has cooled off and sleeping will be very easy.

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Not sure where I will be tomorrow. I will let you know when I do.