We drove up to Prince George, which is a 9.5 hour drive. I realized that I had forgotten the camera as we were going over the Fraser River. There is a lot of talk about the river flooding if there is a fast snow melt in the mountains. When we don't have the camera, is always the time we see wild animals and sure enough, we saw a lot of deer (maybe 20). We left the wet lushness of the Fraser Valley with its blooming flowers and trees and waterfalls from every vertical piece of rock and mountain, and entered the bareness of the canyon, the river was running pretty fast but wasn't too high yet. It was certainly muddy brown, it's normal colour, with white ripples in the eddys. The trees change to lodgepole pines and the ground is quite barren.
Next is the semi desert of the cariboo, sagebrush everywhere. The mountains and cliffs become orange and ochre coloured compared to the slate and granite colours we had seen earlier. Then it was the area around Williams lake, farmland and horses everywhere. The trees were just starting to come into leaf, a yellowy green.
Next day we continued the drive up to PG, windy but sunny, depending on the height of land the new leaves came and went, but the pine beetle scourge this year is more noticable with the dead trees everywhere. The snow has not been gone for long, some backyards had it melt this week. There are still farms with horses, large herds of different types of cattle, sheep, llamas, a couple of donkeys.
I found a yarn store, got some sock yarn! Saw the Two Rivers gallery, coveted a necklace. Didn't get it.
On the way home yesterday, we decided to take a different route, and cut across south of Clinton to Whistler. Seeton lake took my breath away, turquoise, it was incredible. The road deteriorated until we got to Pemberton a couple of hours later. Duffy lake had snow down to the road level and there is a fair amount of snow up on the mountains.
After Whistler, we hit the sea to sky highway construction for the Olympic games in 2010, it is simply unbelievable. Hugh cliffs of rock have been removed, gulleys filled in, where the highway was once 2 lines between the mountain and the cliff it is now 4. I have never said OMG look at that, so often, in such a short period of time. We were glad it was a Sunday, as no construction was going on and I think it would have added another hour to the trip.