Tuesday, August 14, 2012
On the Road
5:30 AM Mount Cheam taken from a moving car. We're heading through the coastal mountains to the interior plateau.
7:00 AM Forested mountains give way to sage-coloured hills and scrub brush. We pass through the Nicola Valley.
8:00 AM Time for a stop at Starbucks, east of Kamloops. Breakfast sandwiches, pretty good. But did you know that all the vegetables in a "Veggie and Cheese" egg sandwich consist of one miniscule piece each of tomato and pepper? Coffee for him, steamed milk for me - which I drank while walking around the mall parking lot.
10:00 AM We pull into Yard Creek Provincial Park and spend 20 minutes walking through the trees, gazing at the rushing creek, and
admiring small, intricate bits of nature, like these tree lichens.
Mountains appear once again, small at first, with pristine lakes at their base. Here's a lovely photo including the concrete barricades at the roadside.
Sharp, jagged peaks appear. We climb higher and higher, and travel through Mount Revelstoke Park and Glacier National Park.
11:35 AM Pacific Standard Time/ 12:30 PM Mountain Time We stop for lunch, a roadside picnic and admire the views, grand, as above,
and delicately small and beautiful wild chicory flowers. We continue on, east through Banff National Park and on to Calgary, then turn north to Red Deer.
Massive peaks change to rolling foothills and green fields of ripening canola, hay and grain.
After stopping for dinner en route we arrive in Red Deer at 7:30 PM, thankful for a safe trip and exhausted.
Today we're back in Calgary, and as I type we're in Tim Horton's watching a sudden storm. Rain pelts the windows and the Icy Berry Smoothie I'm drinking seems a bit out of place. But the sun is scheduled to return soon.
Thanks for your comments recently. I hope to visit you soon. But for now, it's time to enjoy my drink.