(My solo road trip of western Canada – Sunday 27th September)
According to common opinion, the drive through the Canadian Rockies is one of the most amazingly scenic drives in the world, it is true, and I was still recovering from the spleandour and positive energy gained from such a fantastic drive so far during my road trip. There are many beautiful things I saw along this drive from Kamloops to Whistler, I will show them in 2 different blogs, blew my mind, let me know if you agree?
The first photo shows my humble accommodation for the night in Kamloops where I arrived after sunset, the second photo shows when I awoke in the morning, the view is from outside the door that I was welcomed by, nice! As I left Kamloops, I was greeted by two frozen lakes, at least that is what they looked like, very strange considering the surrounding landscape and the current weather, very beautiful nonetheless.
Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia in Canada, located at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. It is ranked 37th on the list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas in Canada and represents the 44th largest census agglomeration nationwide, with 85,678 residents in 2011.
The Suede Hills were one my favourite things along this particular part of the road trip, it really is as if the hills have been covered with blankets of suede, really awesome sight and gave me a taste of how I was going to be blessed with some very different landscape along the way, quite different from the majestic and splendid Canadian Rockies.
I drove past Okanagan Lake which seemed massive and just looked as if it was going to go on forever, very lovely scenery, gorgeous mountains and the railway along the lake was really cool, not to mention the green and brown fields which I had to adapt my senses too after seeing so many snowy white and grey mountains in the Rockies.
The mountain drive was truly, truly spectacular, as you can see from the photos below, at times, I was literally driving along the edge of the mountain roads, and to be honest, at times it was quite scary as it would have only taken one mistake and it could have been bad, real bad! If you have time, look carefully at some of the mountain passes and you may see what I mean when you identify some of the awesome, windy roads. I am totally aware of this as there were a few times when I was quite close to a mistake and my heart was literally in my mouth with a huge dose of adrenaline whizzing through my mind, body, and soul (which I think left my temporal existence a few times!). This was not because of my lack of focus, just simply because there were certain parts of the drive that were a bit tricky and needed a lot of caution.
There was also something very, very special about the sky on this day, the beautiful blue was dazzling, at times mesmerising and hard to believe. I was told about the vineyards, they were amazing and it was quite refreshing to see, not because I drank any wine, but because I was now driving on a much lower, safer level! Apologies if I have said this before, for example, when I was driving through the Icefields Parkway, but this is one of the most fantastic and buzzing drives I have ever, ever experienced…and there is more to come in part 2…