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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Where do I begin???

Hi all my bloggin' friends… It has been a while and I am trying to do a couple of catch up post to let you know where we are and what we’ve been up to. As suspected we are having trouble with internet coverage so this is a BIG post. We are loving our trip and are half way up in British Columbia, Canada. What a beautiful country this is with its majestic mountains, Ragging Rivers and farmlands. But I want to start at the beginning since I last posted so here it goes….

While we were in Blaine, Washington preparing for our entrance into Canada we had visitors from Canada…. My bloggin' buddies Sue & Doug at BIG DAWG AND FREEWAY, along with their wonderful dog Tucker, came all the way down here to spend the afternoon with us. What a delight that was for not only me but also all of us! It was great fun getting to know them and they also were so helpful with all of their information on Canada. I just know we’ll be friends for a very long time. Sue came loaded with gifts for me, which wasn’t necessary, because we would have loved them any ways… Included was a cute little moose, which we named Morris, now resides in the front window of Tassie and shares in all of our adventures…

The day had finally arrived for us to go into Canada, cross the border, face the customs cops and bring Tassie safely over into another country. I had did so much research on what you could and could not bring into the country and heard so many different stories that I had myself worried… I just knew they were going to take all my food and booze… should I hide stuff, throw it away or just face the customs officer and tell the truth about what was aboard? By nature I am not a worrier so I decided to tell the truth and what will be, will be. Sue had told that she makes a list of all they have in their rig and it works, so since I already keep an inventory list I printed it up to present to them if asked. Well we pulled up and after a few questions like where are we from, where are we headed, where did we work, any veggies, any booze (which I truthfully answered) we were let into Canada… No worries, no problems.

Our first top was at Cultus Lake Thousand Trails Park near Lindell Beach. We stayed there about 4 days and visited some really great sites. Bridal Veil Falls and Harrison Lake. Plus we took care of a few more errands while there.

From there we moved onto Yale, just north of Hope, on Canadian Hwy 1. We actually stayed at a lovely RV park in Emory called Emory Bar RV Park. They just couldn’t do enough to make us happy there… While we were there we went and visited quaint little city of Hope, Hopes Slide and Hell’s Gate.

Hope is nestled in deep wilderness at the base of the Cascade Mountains and sits on a wide sweeping curve of the mighty Fraser River, at the entrance to the Fraser River Canyon. This is truly the Chainsaw Carving Capital of Canada, with over two dozen large wooden sculptures scattered throughout downtown. These carvings feature local wildlife, including eagles, bears, mountain sheep and cougars.

Hope Slide is just east of Hope on Highway 3 is an awe-inspiring testament to nature's power. In January 1965, most of an entire mountain called Johnson's Peak came sliding down into the valley. Over 45 million cubic feet of earth, rock and slate travelling at 95 mph, tumbled down to bury the highway, an entire lake and mark the valley forever. Now known as the Hope Slide, the remaining half of Johnson's Peak is an irresistible draw.

This is becoming such a HUGE post that I will continue on another post in a few days… So keep an eye out for the continuing saga of Our Canadian/Alaskan Journey.

Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


Stacey said...

You are going all the way to Alaska? I didn't realize that! Don't you love those Cascade mountains? We drove up one time and went through every form of weather imaginable on our way.

I'm glad you were able to cross the border easily.

Love Bears All Things said...

Wonder if it will be that easy to come back into the states. Loved all of the photos, the Falls, the wood carvings. Beautiful! Looking forward to 'the rest of the story'.
Mama Bear

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Beautiful scenery. Looks like you are having fun in spite of the lack of internet!

Happytrails said...

Welcome back to the world of internet connections! LOL
If this is the beginning I can hardly imagine what is to come!! It is just beautiful and I am sure pictures don't do it justice. I can hardly wait to see and hear more.

Stay safe!!
Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Unknown said...

WOW, what an exciting trip. Thanks for sharing. I love the pictures!

Margie M. said...

Welcome back!! Glad you had fun with Sue and Doug. You are right about Canada....it is sooooooo beautiful. We have always enjoyed any trip we've taken to that great country and we want to go back many more times.

Looking forward to more posts, Donna.

Safe travels and enjoy the view.

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow...oh wow. Where do I begin? The falls? Simply heavenly. The carvings? Would I ever LOVE to see those in person. And the valley created by a mountain slide...amazing. Best of all you having no problems entering Canada and meeting new friends for life.

Great post. Looking forward to more when you can get around to it all. Just enjoy everything Donna!!!!

Al Bossence said...

Just dropping in on ya to say hello & welcome to Canada. British Columbia is truly a beautiful place. Lived in that Province for a few years back in the early 70's & totally loved every minute of it. Have yourselves a great trip way up there in the far north.

Anonymous said...

Can you believe we have seen so much beauty in such a short period of time? Can hardly wait for the next stop.

Love Ya,

Rick said...

Welcome to Canada, Donna. Glad to see you got across the border with no problems and are enjoying your trip.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Oh you lucky little devils!
Have a great time. Beautiful pics!
We, stuck at home, want more, more, more~

Shelia said...

Hi Donna! Oh, my goodness! You're driving Tassie to Alaska! Wow!! Maybe you'll run into BJ from Sweet Nothings - she's on an Alaskan cruise. Not likely, I know, but wouldn't it be a hoot if you did! :)
Everything is so beautiful and how nice to meet a blogging friend.
bE a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue and Doug said...

from what we read..you did the Hope area proud..good for all of you..safe travels as you head north!!

Roadrunner Chronicles said...

Beautiful photos! Looks like your Alaska trip is off to a great start. Looking forward to more of it!

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