Monday, September 05, 2016

CRAM: Gold Country

The story so far... my wife and I have ditched the kindren with the grandparents in Ontario, flown to British Columbia, and have been driving slowly eastward on a grand road trip adventure.

The last episode saw us driving to Hells Gate for lunch, and now the Nlak'pamux Church for afternoon tea.

So I have been to the eastern side of the province and saw nothing but lots of water and lush vegetation, with tall trees.  I've now been to the western part of the province which is even more full of water and lush green vegetation and super tall trees... so it was a bit of a shock to find out that the interior of British Columbia is fairly desert like and  barely has any green vegetation and tall trees at all. (mind. blown.)

It actually reminds me of New Mexico in many ways.  Also, (queue your gnarly old prospector voice)There is gold in them there hills!

The afternoon was spent exploring this arid land by doing part of the Gold Country Geo-trail, a rather large series of geocaches that highlight various places and history of the gold rush era.
Many of these locations offered fantastic views of the surrounding area, which often involved long views down the Thompson River Valleys, like this one.

... and this one.
Oh, and this one.  You can also see our rental car used for this adventure - the Toyota Highlander - a fantastic automobile for geocaching adventures if ever there was one.
(not pictured: another abandoned church across the river, too far away for my 200mm lens to pick up properly. In other news: I am accepting donations for a 400mm lens.)
One of the last things we did this day was to stop at a small rest stop at the side of the road and take a gander over Kamloops Lake (oooh, aaah).

After this we drove to the far end of this rather lengthly lake and checked into our hotel in Kamloops* This ends another day of road tripping.

(* As a disclaimer, despite my best intentions to do so, I did not, in fact, have Froot Loops in Kamloops.  I am deeply ashamed of this failure, and will take punishment in the form of being forced to cary around a very heavy 400mm lens.)