444. Wednesday 24th June 2014.

Wednesday 24th June.

We woke to a glorious sunrise sprinkling the lake and mountains with sunlight eventually the shadows and hollows filled with light. The mountains were reflected in the calm lake water.

Halcyon Thermal Springs.

Halcyon Thermal Springs.

View from Halcyon Thermal Springs.

View from Halcyon Thermal Springs.

We looked at maps to choose a route to Vancouver. One, less scenic would take us to Revelstoke then along the Trans Canada Highway. This trip would be about 8 hours.

The other would also commence at Revelstoke but turn back south and meander along the smaller more scenic towns taking us away from our destination before turning for Vancouver. The scenic route would take 14 hours. Three days of heatwave are predicted (heatwave? Canada?) The car is due in Vancouver on Friday so any delay today or tomorrow will make for a rush trip. Although we will miss out on some wonderful scenery we will take the quick trip.

We followed the eastern shoreline of Upper Arrow Lake to the end of the road at Galena.

First car in line at Galena Point ferry ramp.

First car in line at Galena Point ferry ramp.

Ferry arriving at the ramp. Unlike Crawford Bay two days ago, this departure point has no facilities.

Ferry arriving at the ramp. Unlike Crawford Bay two days ago, this departure point has no facilities.

While waiting for the free ferry to Shelter Bay we looked at a small beach beside the ferry ramp. There were dozens of examples of small Inuksuk stone statues. (   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inuksuk   )

The ferry attendant claimed he was the culprit, making the statues in the several hours per day as he waited for the ferry to arrive. The attendant told me he had quit his high paying IT job in Vancouver to move to the small town life and simple attendant job he now enjoys. Artistic by nature he used his free time to decorate the foreshore. Whether he was telling the truth or note is another matter. However he seemed genuine enough and did not volunteer the information. Regardless it was interesting to see the artistic markers. We last saw a similar display on Mt Tzouhalem on Vancouver Island on 3rd May.

Inuksuk along the beach at Galena

Inuksuk along the beach at Galena

Close up Inuksuk

Close up Inuksuk

More.

More.

We stopped at an Tim Hortons for coffee before turning west to interesting towns and locations such as Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Sunshine Valley and Chilliwack and on to Vancouver.

Upper Arrow Lake.

Upper Arrow Lake.

Mostly the road follows river and valley contours sometimes rising to mountain passes then dropping to the valley again. Speed limit for about 75% of the trip one leaving Kamloops is 120 KPH.

The driver casually cruising the 120 KPH motorway to Vancouver.

The driver casually cruising the 120 KPH motorway to Vancouver.

View along Trans Canada

View along Trans Canada

The goods railway line usually follows the same route from Revelstoke with road and railway crossing each other and river crossings several times. The railway line and the rivers were constant companions along the route. Long train tunnels appear beside the road often highlighted by a scenic lake with railway tunnels.

Goods train tunnel between Vancouver and points west. There are dozens of such tunnels along the highway usually have a river or lake in the foreground.route.

Goods train tunnel between Vancouver and points west. There are dozens of such tunnels along the highway usually have a river or lake in the foreground.route.

The highway also has tunnels. Note the bear  in relief set into the concrete.

The highway also has tunnels. Note the bear in relief set into the concrete.

After a long day of driving we arrived in Vancouver after 8pm ready for a quick dinner, a shower and bed.

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