We left Stewart 2 days ago & it was still gray & rainy. We enjoyed the drive down the Cassiar Hwy & on down the Yellowhead Hwy. Lots of majestic mountains. We could see new snow on the peaks around Stewart & on the peaks of the Skeena Mtns when we hit the Yellowhead Hwy. We went from shipping/fishing/mining at Stewart to agriculture in the Burns Lake area. We stopped for the night at the municipal campground in Burns Lake - very nice & it is free! We were too big for any of the campsites but we parallel parked by a campsite close to the lake & had a beautiful view of Burns Lake from our living room window.
Yesterday we came on down the Yellowhead Hwy (97) to Williams Lake. It was a rainy morning but ended up sunny & warm. The views were rivers & lakes & huge hay fields & we moved into an area where forestry is the economic base - logging trucks & lumber mills everywhere. It was a very interesting drive.
We're staying at the municipal campground in Williams Lake - it's at the Stampede rodeo grounds. Full hookups & nice grass but the trees haven't grown up enough for shade yet - nice campground & nice camp hosts.
Friends Joel & Deanna Vogt have a son & family here. We went to the Visitor's Ctr to get info on Williams Lake & find out where Jeremy's church is so we could try to see him while we're in town. The young girl in the center asked which pastor we were looking for & when we told her she said "Oh, his daughter is my best friend!" & proceded to mark on the map where the church is located & give us the church & home phone #. Williams Lake is a small town! So this morning we went to the church & Pastor Jeremy was in so we had a nice visit with him. We talked him into giving us a tour of his church & when we got to the sanctuary we said we needed a picture of him to put on our journal for his folks to see. He called the secretary in to take a picture of all of us. And Judi gave him a hug for his mom since she wasn't be here to hug him herself!
We went to Walmart to do some shopping & also found a really neat bead shop in downtown (that made Judi happy!). This afternoon we've been relaxing. Today the weather went from sunny & warm to a thunderstorm.
Tomorrow morning we're heading south again. We'll spend tomorrow night at a provincial park near Merritt & then we'll head for the border. Probably won't have wi-fi again until we hit the US. More later...
Critter Count: Black Bear - 1 (30) - Deer - 1 (40) It seems like we haven't seen a lot of wildlife but these numbers say we have!