When I left Mt. Begbie Lookout this morning, I was resigned that most of the scenery would be more of the same small rolling hills.
However, the further south I drove, the larger the hills got and the prettier it became.
I stopped at the Painted Hills and read the informational sign. The BX stage coach served the Cariboo area until the Canadian RR destroyed their wagon road through Frasier Canyon.
Here is the wagon road they followed along the hills.
Near the same place is a good example of where lava flowed several times and each time the color changed slightly.
At Spences Bridge, I read about where the lower side of a mountain slid off and buried 5 natives and dammed the Thompson River for over 4 hours. When the river finally washed through the debris, it swept down river and swept over an Indian village drowning 13 persons. I looked for some sort of evidence, but could not see anything I could take a photo of for this blog.
As I was going through Cache Creek (the town) I noticed that the landscape had changed to something that looked like the high desert of the American South. It was pretty arid (although they were irrigating) but it was a pretty radical change.
I kept driving south and the scenery just kept getting better.
I pulled into Hope BC. for fuel. I was amazed to find they have chain saw carvings down their main street. I thought I had seen some great carvings before, but these were world class carving. They had one or 2 on each block and several along their waterfront. I spent a couple of hours wondering around taking photos. There were certainly too many to exhibit here, and I’m sure I didn’t get them all. Some were whimsical, some were realistic, and all amazing.
And of course my favorite from the movie “Harry and the Hendersons”.
I finished up the day at the Maple Bay campground part of the Cultus Lake Provincial Park. This place is wonderful with huge redwood trees everywhere and moss covered Oak trees. I told the ranger I wanted a good spot and he obliged giving me a very nice secluded spot in the woods. I was not near the lake but I thought I could suffer just this once.