Having slowly moved North from Southern California, through the coastal rain forests of Oregon and Washington (in order to let the sub-zero daily high temperatures in the Yukon Territory warm up), we spent over a week in Chilliwack, British Columbia as our sort of base camp. Here we made sure we had a clean Tigger and Snowflake with all the essential fluids topped up. We happily discovered the magic of Mothers Metal Polish for Mag Wheels (Tigger has one gleaming front wheel!) and made a few minor repairs to Tigger.
We had also heard from a neighbour, who made the Alaska trip last year, that although he only had two chips in his windscreen (one from a 5th wheel that went flying past him) the front of his tow car got peppered. True his car was towed on the ground and Snowflake is on the Sled, but, for insurance, we managed to find somewhere to fabricate an marine aluminium guard attached to the front of the Sled, so (touch wood, ouch I got a splinter from my head) Snowflake should emerge unpeppered!
So yesterday we left Chilliwack heading for Cache Creek.
We stopped for lunch at a pullout with a spectacular view and beautiful puffies.
As we headed towards Cache Creek, Louise studying “Milepost” (kindly donated with many other useful tomes) to say that there wasn’t much to say about Cache Creek, but about half an hour short there was this “Log Cabin Pub”. The trees for the logs were individually selected and many were over 50′ long, which is most unusual. So we pulled in to see what it was like.
We liked what we saw, we were welcome to boondock in the car park – so we “outspanned” and enjoyed a couple of cool pints of Ricard’s Red. Then went for a walk along the Thompson River to a local waterfall, got a little sunburn, returned for some more pints and some really good fish & chips!
Then had a peaceful night, apart from the trains hooting at the local level crossing, at the “camping” spot of our choice – the real freedom of the road our Alaska trip is based on!
Today we headed for Prince George, the largest city in Northern British Columbia (but it has a Costco!).
The drive through Fraser Canyon was just sublime. Some mountains had snow caps, spring had arrived just about everywhere so the deciduous trees were wearing that bright “new shoots” green, the sun was out and hot, the sky was blue with nice puffies and Tigger was just purrrrring………
We stopped at on overlook on the Fraser River showing some railway tunnels and of course the odd mile or so of goods train passing through.
Then for lunch at Wilson Lake.
Now we rest in a good campground, Blue Cypress, for two nights so that we can check out the area tomorrow.
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