Thursday: The worst summer storm in 42 years! ☔️☔️☔️

Well that’s what Annelies said, as it hit just after noon and some of her 15!! (No wonder I heard them fighting that first night 😱) cats escaped through a door that got blown open. Last night we shut the window and all was peaceful. Her garden, by the way is a picture.

We knew the rain was coming so headed off for Lake Patricia and Lake Pyramid before it was due to arrive. Not a million miles away; just a short pleasant drive along a winding road.

Once again, this little chap didn’t seem that phased by our proximity to his feeding station.


We scuttled back to town and armed with a bag of washing sought out the launderette. Well, you have to grab these moments when you can, as spending the next 24 hours on a train and only stopping over night at a B&B, the opportunity may not present itself again for a while to do some washing.

And so to a cup of coffee while the washing washed, and then while the washing tumble dried, to the train station to check where to go tomorrow, when we board the Skeena Pacific railway.

Not many sidings can boast that sort of view! The rain came down, the wind blew, the place was in uproar and then the power went out. By this time we were home; so what carnage was being wrought downtown we could only ever imagine. The restaurants must have been scuppered for lunch, the petrol pumps must have stopped; how was I to top up the hire car before I handed it back? We waited while Annelies tried to round up her cats. Wholemeal bread sandwiches for lunch but unfortunately no hot drink. Then bingo; back it came. A queue for petrol, well there would be wouldn’t there? Car returned to Avis; usual faff, $12 to pay for parking. “Parking where?” Nice lady behind the counter, “I don’t know, I’ve never seen that before, I’ll phone Vancouver and find out.” She tried three times to get the number, couldn’t get anyone to answer and I eventually said, “My hourly rate was probably $60, I’ve been stood here for at least $12 worth. Just forget it, charge my card and we will go.” For the sake of eight quid, the stress wasn’t worth it. So we left, also having put more petrol in the tank than we started out with! Why has customer service crashed? Or is it just old age?

We had a hot drink in a Greek run restaurant we discovered for tea yesterday. We shall return there for dinner tonight. So as the sky still looks dodgy, we say farewell to Jasper; oh yes we shall be back! And if you don’t hear from us for a couple of days it’s lack of wi-fi, where we are going……….Prince George. My, that was a loud cheer!!!


Thanks for your comments……….keep ’em coming.

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.

2 thoughts on “Thursday: The worst summer storm in 42 years! ☔️☔️☔️”

  1. A bunch of comments,, Love the pictures, in or out of focus… At our age who would notice? .. loved the lillies. Not sure where “Village” translates from.. Niagara, Canada or HelMcKen?
    Aug 22.. You are leaning again!!… We don’t see too many Elks.. But the lambs in NZ are looking wonderful. We to are blessed with easy time zones.. But give it a week.. The Eatery “Earls” sounds just like our “Easy Cruise” last year.. And in NZ.. If you don’t drive a 4×4.. You are not a real Mother!!!!… Enjoy the rest of your trip.. We ARE… Next lot in a few days… You lucky people! Sylv and ‘Im

  2. Oh my, 15 cats!!!! You sure are having an adventure. Love the squirrel pic. I envy you the train journey. I’ve always wanted to do that. Si said we can do it on our next ‘big’ trip so I’ll be holding him to that! I sympathise about the parking charge. We had a similar incident with charging on our trip two years ago. It all got rather out of hand with the assistant losing her temper and Si insisting that her manager be called to sort it out. At this stage I’m having visions of us being escorted to the local police establishment and missing our flight home as the lady involved seemed to imply that some racism was in play, which of course it wasn’t!!! All we wanted was the overcharge refunded. I’m pleased to say it all ended happily though with us getting our refund and handshakes all round. 😀 Look forward to hearing about your train journey. Enjoy!
    PS: Si said “15 cats, what about the two dogs in the garden picture?”

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