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Another Scenic Drive and Hell's Gate

Friday, May 18, 2007

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We wake up to a gorgeous morning -- blue skies, waterfalls, white-capped mountains.
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After packing up (again) we drive north on Hwy 1 through the Fraser Canyon area (beautiful scenery) and stop at Hell's Gate. Hell's Gate is a tourist trap, BUT a tourist trap with great scenery! We take their airtram from Hwy 1, across the Fraser River (165 feet deep and lots of rapids), to the bottom of the canyon. We take lots of pictures, look at their salmon hatchery museum and have lunch overlooking the river. Great time!

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We continue on our scenic drive along the Fraser River and then Thompson River. Both sides of the river have very active railroads so we spend time watching trains. One of the highpoints of the drive is when 4 longhorn sheep cross the road in front of us.
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One of the lowpoints today is paying $3.95/gallon for diesel!!! This is the first time this trip we've paid over $3/gallon. (As an fyi, regular gas is about $4.75/gallon.) The second lowpoint is constantly hearing the news reports today about the Canadien $ hitting 30 year highs vs the US $. Last year when we travelled to Canada we paid US $.80 for each Canadien $; this year we paid $.92 for each Canadien $.

We decide to drive several extra hours to get to Quesnel BC so that we can leave the 5ver at an RV park tomorrow while we drive to Barkerville (100km east of Quesnel). We plan on staying at a nice RV park beside the lake, but it's a 3-day weekend here (Victoria Day is Monday) and the nice RV park beside the lake is full. So we continue driving and find a park behind a motel. Not picturesque, but at that point we just wanted a place to stay. One good thing is they have free wifi that actually works well :-)

Posted by jengelman 05:15 Archived in Canada Tagged family_travel

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