Posted by: sunnyharvy | May 30, 2015

Beautiful Columbia River Valley

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Enjoying a cook-out at DeMille’s Farm Market, our Harvest Host in Salmon Arm, BC, Canada.

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An interesting stop along the way in Craigellachie, BC.

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The town of Revelstoke, BC is in a beautiful setting surrounded by snow-capped peaks. We spent an afternoon and overnight boondock at the Revelstoke Railway Museum.

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Snow plow extraordinaire.

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Locomotive engine room.

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Al trying his hand on the locomotive simulator.

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Canadian Pacific dining car.

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We spent a second night in the area so we could drive over Rogers Pass in clearer weather. We camped overnight at Lake Williamson where we took advantage of the campground’s laundry and shower facilities as well as a good internet connection.

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The “rainy day” turned somewhat sunny soon after we made our decision to stay… oh well.

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The water was surprisingly warm. These kids were sure having fun.

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We stretched our legs with a hike to the opposite shore of the lake.

The next day we enjoyed the beautiful drive through Mt. Revelstoke National Park and over Rogers Pass under partly sunny skies.

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Short hike along the Giant Cedars Boardwalk trail.

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View from Rogers Pass summit.

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Alongside while waiting for road construction. With scenery like this, who cares if we have to wait. Shortly after this stop we saw our first black bear of this trip. It looked like he was wanting to cross the road. Hope he made it.

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The charming town of Golden, BC features the longest freestanding timber frame bridge in Canada.

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From the campground we road our bikes into town along the Kicking Horse River.

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On our drive south to Parson to investigate paddling opportunities on the Columbia Wetlands we viewed many interesting roadside artifacts.

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Including the World’s Largest Paddle – formally recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records.

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Once again we had to wait out some rain, but our patience paid off with a lovely, calm afternoon of paddling. Thanks to Columbia Wetlands Adventures for their guidance and hospitality.

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We had the entire area to ourselves. Didn’t see another human all afternoon… just LOTS of birds including swans, eagles, osprey, ducks, geese and more.

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An up close sighting of this bald eagle guarding its giant nest was definitely the day’s highlight. Isn’t she beautiful?

We have seen the Columbia River several times in different locations on this trip. This, the largest river in the Pacific Northwest, has the greatest flow of any North American river draining into the Pacific. It begins nearby in Lake Columbia and ends, over 4,000 miles later, west of Portland, Oregon. Follow the link provided above to learn more about this fascinating waterway.

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Responses

  1. Yes, the bald eagle up close is beautiful! How fun – and serene. It’s an effort to get where you go, but well worth it. Great beauty and adventure! I welcome rain too – such an appreciation living here in high desert.

  2. wow! wow! wow! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – you could write a book, a series of books really with excerpts from your blog and photos – your only trouble would be choosing, you have so much great material

  3. I love boardwalk trails…….no problems with depth perception.
    Beautiful area you are in.


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