|These signs are becoming more and more common.|
Places to pull over and put the chains on the tires.
|Arriving in Merrit late in the day we found lots and lots of lumber mills.|
|Shelia is traveling with her niece and her husband to the Canadian Rockies.|
She gave me this copy of her book of poetry. Such a cute and sweet woman!
|An interesting old hotel building in Merrit|
Approaching Kamloops, BC, we saw signs alerting us to the possibility that long horn sheep might be on the road. I searched till my eyes hurt, but never did see one of those elusive sheep. We did see remnants of a terrible fire that scorched the trees at Kamloops. Terrible sight for miles and miles.
|From the forest fire.|
Not too far out of Kamloops, we leave the dry desert-like terrain and get back into a more mountainous area. We're still driving north on Highway 5.
Yellowhead is the common name for Highway 5. The highway signs have a silhouette of a yellow head with a 5 digit. The name Yellowhead comes from a famous fur trader known in this area in the early 1900's. Pierre Bostonais was an fair haired (and blond, I suspect) Iroquois agent for the Northwest and Hudson Bay Company. His nickname, Tete Jaune, translated, is Yellowhead. It's a great story and it took some searching for me to find out the source of the name.
Tonight, August 7, we stopped in Valemount, BC to have a look around. We selected this town as it appeared to be a fair size on the map, but in fact, it is not. The scenery is very nice with snow peaked mountains all around us. Beautiful; but the mosquitoes are blood thirsty. We coat ourselves in Neem oil to thwart their bite.
I'm making yet another attempt to load a short video here which I'd like to do, if I can make it work... It's taken at our campground in Valemount.