Last time you heard about our trip from Chilliwack to the town of Salmon Arm. I'll now give you a quick(!) update on our trip from Salmon Arm to Golden via Revelstoke and a couple of unplanned stops. We thought we should explore Salmon Arm a little as we had arrived after sun down and went straight to the hotel. After Joe's adventures in the pool and waiting for the laundry to dry we didn't leave the hotel until Noon, and it was HOT HOT HOT, we couldn't wait to get into the car and turn on the air con. However after driving around for a little while we managed to locate downtown Salmon Arm and what a treat it was, even found a car park that gave us an hour's free parking!! The area is lovely, right on the water's edge, yes that phrase again, with a lovely grassed area and a bandstand, beautiful flower beds and a boardwalk out into the lake. So braving the heat we strolled along the boardwalk to find lots of houseboats, apparently Salmon Arm is the "Houseboat Capital of Canada", we were truly amazed at the size of them, they all had slides off the back, hot tubs on top and bbq's, now I could imagine hiring one of those although I'm still not interested in a holiday in the UK on a narrow boat (sorry John). So after succumbing to an ice cream from the stall at the end of the boardwalk we headed for the car and our onwards journey. So this is our Olivia Newton John part of the journey ("country roads... take me home.. to the place I belong..........") well no not West Virginia, don't worry we didn't take the wrong highway, but we were certainly heading for the mountains. We didn't actually get very far when a sign for an attraction caught our attention so we pulled of the highway and into the "Last Spike", the place where in 1885 the east coast and west coast railroads were finally joined together, you really had to be there to appreciate it! Anyway it was getting hotter as the afternoon progressed so we didn't stay long.
John: We drove from the Last Spike and continued to head East. I'll let the photos do the talking, there's only so many times you can say "amazing" and make it sound like you mean it. Hopefully some of the shots we have taken will convey the enormity of the views experienced. About halfway to our next scheduled stop we came across a strange red building in the distance at the end of a lake - as we got closer it got bigger and suddenly you're looking at this huge complex at the end of a lake called 3 Valley Gap. We stopped and the kids paddled on the beach as Shell and I lay on the greenest grass you have ever seen. A really strange place (on the whole empty) but pretty nevertheless. And so to Revelstoke, a pretty town where we had lunch at the "Village Idiot" (a ski-bum type of bar much to the kids delight). We really are eating too much - everything is too good and too big. The final leg of this trip saw us climb up into the spectacular Rogers Pass, what they call the crowning glory of the Trans Canada Highway, with great views of glaciers, waterfalls and mountain peaks. This was pretty much the story as we made our way to Golden, hotel first on the left ...