Today we traveled 179.7 miles in 3-1/4 hours.
There was a stretch of marshy wetlands that is an important waterfowl area. They say to watch for eagles, osprey, horned owls and woodpeckers but we didn’t see any. But there was a tiny snaking river that was "ribboning" back and forth.
B.C. has a lot of forest fires caused by lightening and there were some evidence of old burn areas on the hills.
We had a little road construction where they are widening the road to four lanes, causing a little slow down northbound.
We drove past Williams Lake where they host an annual rodeo called the Williams Lake Stampede. Williams Lake was named for the Shuswap Indian Chief Will-Yum. The town grew with the introduction of the railroad in 1919 and became the major cattle marketing and shipping center for the Cariboo Region.
We saw a Large Wheelchair in front of the Williams Lake Visitor Center. Rick Hansen lost the use of his legs in Williams Lake when he was a teenager. He became a Para-lympian, and 1985-86 he circled the Earth in his wheelchair. A large copper globe traces his route, and a large wheelchair encourages the people in town to make it wheelchair accessible.
Traveling northbound we saw Devil’s Palisades which are basalt columns like the ones we experienced at Devil’s Postpile National Monument at Mammoth Lakes, California. The super hot lava cools from the bottom up and from the center outward, long fractures form columns that at times take on astoundingly clear-cut hexagons. The whole process is called columnar jointing.
The next town we drove through was Quesnel that boasts the largest gold panning pan, the welcome sign.
We kept seeing signs saying Wildlife Corridor, Drive with Care. I think they are teasing us.
Upon setting up at our campground, Sintich RV and Trailer Park (with full hook ups and bad cable), we took everyone to check out the Canadian Tire Store. A large chain store with everything except food and clothing. We were able to pick up several items that we were needing, and noticed the others also needed a shopping carts.