Back home to Southpoint Big White and R&R
Kootenay Boundary Regional District, British Columbia
Our last day of our Alaskan journey dawned with clear skies and we were up, showered and ready to go before 8:00am. I think we were both ready to finish up this part of the holiday and have a break before our lower 48 National Parks trip started.
Exiting the campground we paid the rangers who had yet to really get organised and we drove into Lake Louise Village. Before we left Lake Louise we drove up to look at the hotel we had stayed at on our previous journey, I tried to convince Shoeleh that we could go in and grab a coffee here, only half heartedly. With a quick viewing of the hotel and the views of the lake we headed back to the village. Coffee was needed by us and Clancy needed a drink both these were achieved and we were on the road again. No wrong turns this morning up into the mountains we drove and looking down on the amazing rail network that achieves getting the freight trains through the mountain pass.
We passed through Kicking Horse and we made it into Glacier National Park and through Rogers Pass the views were great but we were not really that interested in stopping. So I think we missed some great photos but then it was really time to drive so that is what we were doing.
By the time we got to Canyon Hot Springs I was getting a little hungry and antsy, but we agreed to push onto Revelstoke. On arrival in Revelstoke we stopped had some lunch in a lovely park on the river. We then drove back into town for a coffee and walk around town to just relax a bit and get out of the car as we had had two long days of driving and still a long way to go before we would be safely ensconced in our apartment.
Leaving Revelstoke it was interesting to note that the towns location we determined by railway politics like so many other places in Canada. It seems that this is where the company wanted the station so the town was in effect moved to the current site.
Back on the Trans Canada we continued as far as Sicamous before exiting onto Hwy 97A to get to Vernon. The hwy followed the lake and here too it obvious that summer had passed many of the attractions and campgrounds were closed or nearly empty. I would not have wanted to drive this road in summer as it was mainly single lanes and so would be difficult with lots of traffic.
Having said that the road was having some serious repairs along the way with widening and duplication going on causing delays. We spent about half an hour at one point as they moved traffic through a section of the road. Soon enough we were in Vernon. Here I needed more coffee and Clancy was given an extra drink for good measure and then we were back on the road.
My mood now had lifted with a combination of caffeine and the thought that in one hour we would be in Kelowna getting our shopping and an hour after that back in the apartment. And so it was we made it into Kelowna and to Save-on-Foods for our shopping. We decided to do a fairly decent shop so that we would not have to come back down for a few days. Then with some hot wedges and another coffee we were on our way up the hill to Big White.
We got to the mountain and there was our apartment and we got in emptied everything out of the car. This was it we had been to Alaska and back almost eight weeks of driving and travelling, six weeks in and around Alaska. So many thoughts and memories and things to share in stories that have been forgotten from the blog or just interesting asides that need to be added.
So we are safe and in the apartment at Southpoint http://www.bigwhitevacationrentals.net/accommodation/southpoint20/index.php
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