The night of June 29 passed uneventfully, with the noise of the swollen North Thompson River lulling us to sleep. Saturday morning, David and I had breakfast at an A&W in Valemount, which served surprisingly tasty food and good coffee. Daniel arrived as we were finishing and told us not to wait -- he'd catch up in Clearwater, about 150 miles south.
The weather finally turned on us and the run to Clearwater was a wet one, although the scenery was spectacular with clouds and mists filling the valleys and hanging on the mountainsides.
By the time we arrived in Clearwater, it was nearly time for lunch and we tried another truck-stop A&W restaurant with equalloy pleasant results. Again, Daniel arrived as we were finishing up and joined us for the next leg south to Kamloops.
Our original plan was to go east to Salmon Arm and then southeast to Kaslo and Kootenay Lake, with a couple of ferry rides thrown in for fun. Unfortunately, eastern British Columbia was seriously socked in with rain and floods -- hence the detour to Kamloops, where we Daniel found us a tired but well-equipped $75 motel room.
David decided he'd head off on his own in the morning to visit friends in Spokane, but took advantage of our dry room to sack out on the floor on his Thermarest. First, however, he had to mop up the floor because the little fridge in the well-equipped room decided to defrost itself.
Daniel volunteered to forage for dinner and returned with $75-worth of Chinese food, which ended up being breakfast, too.
|Send a hungry man out to forage for dinner and you might end up with $75 worth of Chinese take-out. It was great for dinner and still good for breakfast the next morning.|
|Mission Creek had overflowed its banks a few miles east of Kelowna, flooding this home.|
|Back in the sunny Okanagan Valley, we stopped at the Noble Ridge winery -- one of many in the region.|
|We shared a chilled bottle of Noble Ridge pinot grigio and an assortment of cheeses, olives and prosciutto.|
|Approaching the U.S. border, we had to cool our heels for about an hour at a gas station/cafe while a squall went through and rain cooled the Canada Day afternoon.|
|Monday morning, we visited the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest producer of hydroelectric power in the nation, which is just 40 miles upstream from Chief Joseph Dam.|