|June 18th and 19th
On the road again. Spent the night at Lac La Hache but the site was right on highway 97… not quite so tranquil as other locations we have been. Weather is very good for travelling not too hot and lots of big fluffy clouds. We seem to have missed the rain that has hit the eastern part of the province. From here we headed to Quesnel along Hwy 97; almost have the road to ourselves. Huge open plateaus with lots of wild flowers. Camped at Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park outside of Quesnel. Again not very busy so we have our pick of spots. Bowie is finally free of his cone and is a happy camper now. Heavy rain and thunder overnight (thank God for the Van). Clear sunny skies in the morning.
Took our first significant side trip to Barkerville, the historical town site where the British Columbia Gold Rush really started. I did not know that at its height (1860) Barkerville was the biggest City east of Chicago and north of San Francisco. They are still heavy into gold mining today. It rained very hard as we were touring then the clouds moved off and it was hot! I can’t imagine how the original pioneers made it through the forest and mountains to get here. We are now spraying Deep Woods off on all exposed skin and every piece of clothing we wear. We have not seen a Moose yet but we did get a picture of the sign warning us there are out there! Stayed in Barkerville at a campsite just outside of the town site. Lots of rain and very loud thunder in the evening. We plan to spend another day at the town site as there was too much to see in one day.