Read. It could save your life–
Yesterday, soon after we left Prince George, we stopped at Willow River Interp. Area. This is a lovely turn off Highway 16 just east of Prince George. There are picnic tables, bathroom, a lovely trail, and what appears to be a wide, shallow river. Among other things there is a memorial to eight young men who drown one day on this river just downstream. Apparently they were in a canoe and came to a very, narrow canyon down stream and their day ended in tragedy. I had just read the plaque on the memorial about this terrible event when a young family of four parked and spent some time looking around. After awhile, I overheard the woman exclaim that this would be a great place to launch their raft as the water was shallow and didn’t appear to be moving fast. Uh, I couldn’t just ignore what I heard. Suggested to the family that before they consider launching their boat there that they read the plaque. Luckily, they were receptive to the suggestion. As we drove away we heard their exclamations of horror and declarations that they would not go rafting there.
British Columbia, Canada–
British Columbia is simply beautiful. As soon as we entered British Columbia we knew this place is special. To add to the beauty in British Columbia, there is the Canadian penchant for being friendly and unfailingly nice.
Baker Creek Rest Area–
We stopped to eat dinner at a rest area along the Yellowhead Highway. Immediately, there were hundreds of mosquitoes surrounding the motor home looking for a way in. Many hovered at the windshield looking at their dinner that had just arrived. Yikes!!! Since I am about 5’5″, I have no problem climbing out of my seat into the back of the motor home without going outside. On the other hand my 6’4′, long, skinny husband can not easily unwrap his long legs from around the steering wheel or get his size 13 feet out of the drivers well. He always goes out the door and in the side door. As I looked at the stricken look on his face, I giggled. Then my wonderful, gentle, loving husband said in a quiet voice “When I open the door to go out, a hundred mosquitoes will come in and when I come in the side door, a hundred mosquitoes will follow me in.” Which caused me to scream “Don’t open the door!” Then, right on the spot, we figured out a way for him to get into the back of the motor home from the driver’s seat without opening the door. Oh, yes! It can be done!!!
After dinner, we continued up the road toward Jasper National Park and stopped at a rest area that was at a higher elevation and had a brisk breeze blowing making it harder for mosquitoes to fly. It rained hard last night. Thunder, lightening and lots of rain drumming on the roof of the motor home. I love this sound. This morning it was slightly overcast and the air was clean and smelled sweet. The temp. was 60 degrees F. when we woke.
Jasper National Park, Alberta–
We arrived at the park this morning and spent a little time figuring out a plan to explore. So far, the park is beautiful, as you would expect. The cost for entering the Park was $20, we only paid $18 something with a senior discount and we are excited to explore.