The Big Roadtrip 2002!

Hope, British Columbia, to Golden, British Columbia

- 25 August 2002 -

There are a lot of pictures of scenic mountains here. I took almost 400 pictures on August 25th... these two August 25th pages (this one, and the other one) contain 89 of the best of those pictures.

A mountain behind the McDonald's in Hope, B.C.

This is part of Hope, B.C., along Highway 5 (the Coquihalla Highway).

The Coquihalla Highway is a toll road, but it was worth taking -- because it's a four-lane road (Trans-Canada 1 is just two lanes between Hope and Kamloops), and because the scenery was superlative. :)

Mountain (as viewed through a grubby windshield :b )

Scenery along the Coquihalla Highway.

I like to say "Coquihalla", even though I don't precisely know how it's pronounced...

Coquihalla Highway scenery.

(It's like Valhalla, but with Coke!)

This scenery is in metric, y'know. Convert it to imperial units and you've got Washington ;)

Piedras grandes y árboles y et cetera y et cetera.

Portia, exit 2 km.

(And my dirty windshield. Yay morning sunshine, for exposing its temporary patina of buggy flaws!)

Mountains! Big freakin' granite-type mountains! :D

This is the Chain Up Area. Any questions?

Lots and lots of granite.

I love this picture.


(Vanilla Coke. Coquihalla is Valhalla with Vanilla Coke. Yeah. That's it.)

This is Merritt, B.C., where the scenery switched from coastal mountain grandeur to dry mountain grandeur. Sagebrush started appearing along the Coquihalla Highway (COQUIHALLAAAAAAA! ... *cough*) a few Canadian metric kilometers before this point.

Convert this scenery from metric, and you've got Central Oregon.

A sign indicating that there is a bump in the road ahead.

There's the dark hill in the foreground, and then a rich layer of fog behind it. Behind that? The Canadian Rockies. :)

(It's the new Tim Horton's Scenery Sandwich™!)

This is the entrance to Kamloops, B.C. 

Kamloops was of interest to me because the first (and only) hockey game I've been to was Portland vs. Kamloops. (I think Kamloops won. I don't remember. It was 1989, I think.) 

I like the name Kamloops! (Convert it from metric, and you've got "The Dalles". ;) Actually, Kamloops does look something like a long-lost big city in the Columbia Gorge... it's on the Fraser River instead, but let's not quibble about details.)

Kamloops was where I left the Coquihalla Highway (a toll road) and went back onto Trans-Canada 1. 

Downtown Salmon Arm, B.C., where I had lunch.

I didn't previously know that salmon had arms. But I had not yet experienced metric salmon.

Fas Gas, a Canadian gas station chain. Its name gave me seizures and hives throughout the time I spent thundering across The True North, Strong And Free. :b


Um, more mountains. (And early fall foliage!)

This is... some sort of resort thingy. I believe it's in Sorrento, B.C., but I could easily be wrong.

I like to say Sorrento, too. Sorrento! Sorrento! COQUIHALLA!!!! *an anvil falls from the sky, felling poor delusional Yansa*

I'm so stoked. Take it easy, Bob!

This is the entrance to Revelstoke, B.C., which is on the Columbia River. At this point, the Columbia looks something like the Willamette River at Eugene. 

(Unfortunately, the ol' shyness got to actin' up again when I drove to the waterfront park and saw approximately 17 zillion people milling around -- and, remember, that's 24.67542 zillion people in metric... So I didn't get any pictures of the British version of the Columbia River here in Revelstoke, British Columbia.)

Fog, and a typical Canadian road conditions sign that says "Watch for wildlife and fallen rocks."

These were conditions to listen to Sigur Rós by...

Canadian mountain tunnels are interesting. The outer edge, along the side of the cliff, is ventilated. So is the portion between the two halves of the tunnel -- if you have your windows down, you hear an unpleasant amount of traffic noise from the other side. But I like the idea of a ventilated tunnel where you can see outside light; I'd imagine that it would really help folks who get anxious when driving through tunnels. Tunnels are kinda creepy; seeing natural light helped make Canadian tunnels less creepy. :)

Welcome to Glacier National Park!

Las montañas tienen muchas piedras y otras cosas.

(I'd say it in French, but je ne parler français. Sad, really.) 

Mountains and recreational vehicles!

Voici le zone d'avalanches.

Wow. 8)

Just... wow. 8)

(And it was even bigger and more impressive in person. 8) )

"Wow" applies here, too.

The much-desired passing lane... you begin to crave the silly things when you're stuck on a busy two-lane road behind people going 20 km/h below the speed limit. :b

So much scenery, and such a little camera lens...

Whether your preferred language is English or French, this is an area where you should use your lights! Because you're about to go into a ventilated metric Canadian tunnel (le tûnnel Canadien métrique du véntilation), don'tcha know.

Sometimes the mountains were, um, like, in the distance and stuff.

I tried Smarties in Golden, B.C. (which is coming up later). They were gooooood -- I've heard them compared to M&Ms, but they're far better; the shell is crunchier, and the chocolate tastes like Cadbury Mini Eggs (that irresistible candy that's only sold around Easter).

Why did I mention that? Because I'm running out of dorky things to say about mountain vistas.

(This space kinda sorta intentionally left blank. It was either this or "ooo, yellow flowers!")

Caption this picture and win my temporary affection! Or something.

Golden, B.C.

The river is the dinky metric version of the Columbia River -- here, it appears to be the size of the Grande Ronde River in northeastern Oregon.

(The beige coloration of the Columbia at Golden is due to metric Canadian glaciation.)  

This view is 90° to the right of the last one. Note the Mighty Yansamobile.

Yansa, standing on a hill above Golden, B.C.

Text written 02 September 2002, on a humid summer day in Springfield, Missouri.
Last updated 19 January 2006.

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