The border crossing was painless. British Columbia is as glorious as we remembered from our previous visits and we just can't get over how friendly the Canadians are, and have always been.
We spent our first week in Surrey, east of Vancouver. We've been to Vancouver a couple of times before so we tried to avoid the traffic by staying in the "burbs" since the next leg of our trip would take us east anyway. The highlights of our week included a wonderful visit and fabulous dinner at the home of one of Kris' highschool classmates from Mill Valley, CA. Thank you again, Anita and Bob. Hope to see you in September on our way back to Washington.
The second highlight was our visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We have passed this park a couple of times in the past when driving north on the "Sea to Sky" highway from Vancouver to Whistler, but had never stopped. I (Kris) always said that it didn't make sense to pay good money for something that was going to scare the crap out of me. But this time we made a point of going. The park is set up in such a way as to force you to cross the 450 ft. suspension bridge to reach some of the other features in the park...a cliffside canyon trail and a treetops platform adventure in the rainforest. Of course, this also means that you have to return the same way! All the way over I hung onto the back of Scott's shirt and did not look down to the river 250 ft. below. I alternated between feelings of wanting to either cry or throw up....not sure how, but I avoided both....all the while hanging on for dear life and sneering at small children that bounced past me showing absolutely no fear at all. As you can see from the attached photo, the return crossing was much easier. I even led the way and stopped to enjoy the view as Scott took this picture of me. I still don't think it was worth the money ($29.00 each), but at least I can say that I've done it now.
We are currently in the town of Hope (in case anyone cares, Rambo First Blood was filmed on location here) and we'll be heading north to Cache Creek tomorrow.
A few days ago we visited the Othello-Quintette Railway Tunnels which are now part of the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park . There is a series of four tunnels that were built between 1911 and 1916 as part of the Kettle Valley Railway. It is amazing to visualize how they were constructed. Workers would hang wooden ladders down from the mountain tops, climb to the bottom, set explosives to blow holes in the rock, and scramble back up the ladder before they went off.
Lastly, we've included some photos of absolutely amazing stainless steel sculptures that we happened on by chance. While on one of our daily sightseeing jaunts, we started chatting with a local guy who passed on a business card for a nearby home/studio for an artist named Kevin Stone...WOW!!! These are currently sitting in his front yard, but have previously been on display in parks and art galleries around Vancouver. His latest, the dragon, took him 12,000 hrs. to complete (7 days a week for 2 years).
Right now it is pouring, but we have enjoyed some beautiful warm, sunny days the past couple of weeks.
Until next time....
Scotty & Kris