A very nice little hike to Twin Falls / Glacier Gulch near the town of Smithers.

A very easy path to see the falls and hiking trails beyond.

A very easy path to see the falls and hiking trails beyond.

Twin Falls

Twin Falls on Hwy 16. BC

 

BC 97 is smooth, pretty, in remarkably great surface condition, supplied with roadside picnic benches, rest areas with outhouses and informational, ecological and historical interest kiosks. there are tons of side roads waiting to be discovered…  if only one had the time! You’re in Gold Rush country with opportunity for exploring, fishing, camping, hiking, cowboy bars and rodeos amid tree studded lakes, icy mountain vistas and an interesting array of towns. It’s hard to know you’re in another country. The stores are similar, it all feels familiar except you have to go inside and pay for your gas often needing to estimate how much you need. The further you travel north and then west the more lovely it becomes.

 

Without stopping its over 9 hours from Halycon to Prince George, I was determined to make the drive fast to get back on track. I was gonna make it to the ferry on time! I don’t normally like to drive more than 4 or 5 hrs, certainly not 12 but sometimes apparently I am willing to do so.

Rain in BC

Rain in BC

I adored the intense and sudden downpour on the hwy…. one moment kinda sunny with the sort of clouds you could lie on your back and gaze at with no end of stories from their faces and gestures. I didn’t have time for daydreams so instead they burst forth on me and my little LTV. Wow! Soaking drama! Lightening lit the sky splitting the horizon into perfect thirds and rain, yes RAIN… dear Southern Californian’s!!!  Rain battered and pelted the air making music on my fiberglass auditorium. I was impressed and a bit shaky as waves hit and broke under the LT’s front end, but she pulled through! All those folks with their speedy cars and strong trucks have no idea what they’re missing. We went slow. I compared notes in the look in the driver’s eyes with the vehicle that pulled in beside me, it was cool, this was Canada, we didn’t have to talk about it. The rain is bigger here, the rain drops are massive. I think the rain totals are close to 60 inches a year…  maybe only 3 inches in May. I would like to live where it rains and where there are clouds; cloudless skies seem blank and empty to me. I do love sun and long long days, but I love the kind of sun that shines in the clouds. And I love rain that falls hard then melts away.

 

I walked in an huge park in Prince George, it was so beautiful but I was that dogs were not permitted in the waterfront park, yet they were allowed on the trail...  confusing at best, sad at worst.

I walked in an huge park in Prince George, it was so beautiful but I saw a sign that said dogs were not permitted in the waterfront park, yet they were allowed on the trail… confusing at best, sad at worst. A man was playing violin at the park. Lots of people with dogs, good that the pups cannot read!!!!

Prince George is in the Lheidli T’enneh territory. Maybe I could live there, I liked it in my very very brief visit. A 2-bedroom apartment rents for around $707, in Santa Barbara a 2-bedrrom apartment rents for $1,996 and I think that’s a low estimate. I don’t know how I’d feel about the winter snow and burrrr cold along with the isolation and of course, I’d need to move it closer to the ocean! The town origins are from fur trading, then the railroad arrived. There are 120 parks in the city, 1600 lakes within one hour, 7 ice rinks, dance clubs, skiing and soccer. Sadly the city suffers from air pollution, wonder if they do vegan there? Probably not.  Spent the night at the casino in their parking lot.

 

 

 

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