August 27, 2007 Barkerville, BC
We woke up this morning and it was cold; 47 inside and the low last night was 38 thanks to the cloud cover which meant an occasional rain shower during the night. Yep, we turned on the furnace and if we need to do so, will uncover the generator and fire it up. As a matter of fact, it rained/showered/drizzled most of the day. But did that stop us? No way.
I could go on and on about how much the four of us enjoyed our visit to Barkerville. It is so much different than other frontier towns that we have visited and the biggest difference is the town people (actors) that roam the streets. Our first activity was the tour of the town. At other venues, the tour leader would walk the group around explaining what was built when. Here, five different town's people interact with one another and tell the history of the town while providing some comic and light hearted relief to the whole proceeding. This was done in the other "tours" we took such as the Historical Tour of Chinatown.
The guy playing the roll of the town preacher leads the Cemetery Tour that turned into what Scott called a forced march of about ½ mile up the old road to the cemetery. What he had to say was interesting and I caught most of it after the blood quit pounding in my ears from walking very quickly up hill.
At some point in the late morning, the clouds lifted and to our surprise, we were surrounded by hills covered with snow. SNOW! It wasn't there yesterday and was gone by the end of the day but we learned all the clerks and actors were betting one another if it would snow in town.
We had a nice dinner at the Wake Up Jake Restaurant before attending the evening show at the Royal Theatre. This was an interesting one woman show about a ladies life in the Caribou Gold Country. Her acting was excellent and she has a wonderful singing voice. There are three shows a day and each one is different.
We returned home and immediately climbed into bed to keep warm and read awhile. The Traveling Wises probably turned on their heater - dry camping in the cold is no big deal to them.