Wednesday; our first train ride is getting closer.

Last night’s dinner was quite a culture shock after the slow pace of Clearwater. We ate upstairs in Earls and the noise level was astronomic. Good food, fast service, marred only by someone throwing up not quite over Mary’s back and a happy Japanese dude chucking water all over himself. Take me back to the sticks!

The theme continued last night. Annelies owns at least three cats; we had chosen a downstairs room, having been given the choice when we arrived, unknowingly the the cat’s pen is just outside our bedroom window. I’m sure they have the run of the house when there are no guests. So a slightly disturbed night, when a fight broke out before one of them loudly threw up, just like our very own Dillon does sometimes. I nearly leapt out of bed to chuck him in the utility room and then realised I wasn’t at home! Hindsight; perhaps the first floor might have been quieter?

Talking of eating; I did mean to mention that while eating in the motel in Clearwater,   on two consecutive nights we saw a group of firefighters come into the gaff for dinner. They brought that wonderful smell of burning vegetation in with them and looked black and knackered. So somewhere, not too far away they are still fighting the wretched things.

Today we explored up highway 16, up towards Hinton, (Dear Will, is he still in South Africa?) and got as far as Pocahontas, where we had lunch, after visiting Miette Hot Springs. Fooled by hot springs in New Zealand, we were expecting a bubbling hole in the ground, not a swimming pool peopled by adults and children.

Breakfast is a serve yourself affair from all the goodies that are available and taken on this wonderful Portmeirion collection! Oh yes, and if you don’t drive around in a 4×4 you really are nobody.

Once again, spectacular views along the way.

We saw some creatures but still no second bear! The first, a cute Long Horned mountain sheep juvenile and then a Ruffed Grouse!

Finally to lunch, in complete contrast to last night; the emptiest restaurant in the world!

And then the journey back, stuck in a huge traffic jam because of bridge works; watching people do a “Dynamo” and walk on water.

Tommorow the hire car goes back in the afternoon and Friday we catch the train for a two day trip to Prince Rupert.

Thanks for all your comments!

M & M 🇨🇦🇨🇦

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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.

4 thoughts on “Wednesday; our first train ride is getting closer.”

  1. Well, not to brag, but just in case you’re not lucky with the bear sighting ………….. here’s two, mum and cub, from Yellowstone! Also, on one of our trips we had a big Chevy Tahoe. Sadly it was rather high off the ground which failed to register in my brain (Sandra) and when I went to get out I thought I could reach the ground in one movement and of course as I’m quite short I couldn’t, so ended up falling out!! Hey ho! 😱🚙🤕
    Sounds like another great day even with the one or two incidents! Plus more great photos.
    Bear and cub

    1. Yes, when we went with the guide round the park, it was one hell of a step down. I think the bears may be resolved in a few days; we are actually going bear watching! Mind you I did that with Otters in Alnwick, for a whole weekend. Zippo.

  2. Having spent 3 weeks in Washington State and Idaho last summer it dawned on me that I was the sort of guy who would need a 7 litre 4×4 pick up to drive around in! There were some magnificent examples around. In the end decided it probably wouldn’t work around the lanes of Yateley! Like you not a bear in sight

    Seattle Phone Pics

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