Monday; oh, what a trip!


Meet in the car park at 9-15 were the instructions, so we did. And Gy Ovenden took us on the most fantastic trip. Firstly to Saphats falls which was a short walk and very impressive. At the same time keeping an eye on the eclipse, and although not total in Canada was a good part seen.

On the way back from there hello red squirrel; far too busy with his pine cone to be bothered with us! And the eclipse got bigger.

Then into Gy’s huge truck and off to Moul Falls and a two mile walk there and two miles back. Thanks to Slimming World, I made it; eighteen months ago I don’t think I would have done. It was classed as easy in the book, yeah right! There were slopes, steps and hills but Gy from “Discover Wells Gray” treated me gently and gave us breathing stops, especially on the way back!

You could go behind the waterfall but it was pretty wet. We started back and slowly returned to the car park, very aware we were the only folk in the forest. Gy, because he is licensed, is allowed to cross the no entry signs in place at the moment because of the risk of fire. There is a huge partial closure in place all round the park. Mary spotted a catapillar that would eventually to change into a Spotted Tussock Moth.

So, lunch at Helmcken Falls, named after John Sebastian Helmken from Liverpool! 150 meter drop; Niagara is 53 meters! This is the fourth highest in Canada; which means ‘village’ you know? Mary spotted an Osprey, which did us the great honour of flying back past us clutching a salmon. We of course were clutching our sandwiches not our cameras! Got the hang of those selfies yet Malc? Thought not!

And finally a long horned beatle said hello and we gazed at where bears had scratched trees! We got slightly attacked by mosquitoes but a small price to pay for such a stunning day.


Thanks for reading! Comments welcome.

On the move to Jasper tomorrow. A short three/four hour drive.

M & M πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

6 thoughts on “Monday; oh, what a trip!”

  1. “Canada; which means β€˜village’ you know?”

    Ooh Malcolm, now there’s a challenge! As they would say in the Grauniad, “evidence please!”

    Thanks to the wonder that is Wikipedia….

    While a variety of theories have been postulated for the etymological origins of Canada, the name is now accepted as coming from the St. Lawrence Iroquoian word kanata, meaning “village” or “settlement”.In 1535, indigenous inhabitants of the present-day Quebec City region used the word to direct French explorer Jacques Cartier to the village of Stadacona. Cartier later used the word Canada to refer not only to that particular village, but to the entire area subject to Donnacona (the chief at Stadacona) by 1545, European books and maps had begun referring to this small region along the Saint Lawrence River as Canada.

    Yep you’re right!

  2. The pictures are really great but I especially love the waterfalls. Amazing. You certainly seem to be having a brilliant time. I’m enjoying your trip too! Thanks for sharing. X

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