Wonderful World of Melrose and Bill
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
      ( 12:20 PM ) melrose  
We just returned on Sunday from a wonderful week long trip to the "North country" of B.C. where Bill grew up and wanted to return to see many of the places he had not seen or had been to many  years ago.


Our first stop was at the Chasm - just North of Clinton where we saw a spectacular sight seeing occurrence  - a Mountain coat suddenly jumped over the fence that keeps viewers out - walking along the edge of the cliff - giving us lots of opportunity to take many pictures,  before suddenly disappearing over the edge. There was no dust - so he must have landed safely on the next outcropping  - totally out of sight!. Shocking and amazing to see!.



One of the main reasons for this holiday was for Bill to take the ferry across Francois Lake and see Southbank. His cousin's husband, Pete Mathews, was the Ferry Captain for many years and now their son, Hal is one of the present day Ferry captains. We visited him and his wife, Gail who live in Burn's Lake.


We drove the Circle "Loop" from Burn's Lake to Houston which took the entire day. We saw another cousin's cabin and their son's cabin at Uncha Lake - 



We saw many cattle grazing on open land without a fence to keep them in ...

We saw many open rolling hills with lush green grass - but did not come across one car or any people the entire day.... What a quiet, peaceful place ....


So, you can imagine how surprised we were to drive into a parking spot at Ootsa lake and find six trucks and one SUV - all  with big boat trailers and not one person or boat in sight.... Ootsa is an enormous lake and the travel guide booklet recommends that only big boats should go on it. It definitely looked as if it was a "men's" day of fishing....


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We also came upon early settler buildings that had seen better days....


Hazelton was a very interesting place where this beautiful cougar was on display at the tourist information.  Apparently he would not stay away from the town area and bothering people so had to be put down.  (maybe he was just curious and friendly ... but no one could take that chance).


"Wil", known as "Catalina" was one of the early "Pack Train" settlers.


                  Bill liked the steam engine ... and I liked the Paddle wheeler.


From Hazelton we went North to Kispiox to see the 15 standing (and 1 fallen over) historic Totem Poles.
 

We drove on to Terrace for our next overnight stop, where we had an excellent room at the Day's Inn right on the main street. The next day - we went on to discover the 'New' Kitamat and Kitamaat Village which has been a settlement for many many years. - where we saw the ocean. 






The "New" Kitamat is a very neat, organized pretty town with lovely Industrial buildings. We took time to watch a girl's soccer game in action. The next day - we were on to Telkwa and Round Lake - where Bill's parents lived.


                     Now, there are only cattle where the parents once lived.


On our way back at Vanderhoof we took Hwy. 27 North to Fort St. James. It was June 15th with the Summer Solstice coming - so we watched the sunset at 10 p.m. from the pretty Stuart Lake.

On our final day of travel from William's lake - we took a back road through the most beautiful country you could imagine. We always wanted to see the Gang Ranch - so that is what we set out to see . We traveled through Alkali Lake country where the cattle roam free 




Alkali Lake Ranch is also a very big Ranch owned by the Douglas Lake Cattle Company. We also went through beautifully treed areas ...
 



                  And areas of desert. Also beautiful mountain areas ...
 


The mighty Fraser River runs through the canyon on its way to the ocean in Vancouver .... 


 

This bridge takes you across the river to the Gang Ranch - 31 thousand acres of ranch land.
 

This is the little store at the Gang Ranch which was not open due to being Sunday ....  and the "Bunkhouse" for the 9 real cowboys, ranch hands and workers who work on the ranch - a total of about 20. Girls and women who also work on the ranch have their own individual houses or trailers. At one time the Ranch even had a school house and teachers who lived on the Ranch.
 

It was a gorgeous trip and holiday - we had excellent weather - the mosquitoes weren't too bad - and we saw many beautiful places - and learned lots about all the areas.  
 
 It is always nice to come back to Kamloops - and we know it is not far away - when we see Kamloops lake.   #




Saturday, May 19, 2018
      ( 3:30 PM ) melrose  
                 To-day, May 19th - the water is right up to the sidewalk.


    And ... closer to the railroad bridge where the sign posts are almost under water. #




Friday, May 18, 2018
      ( 2:01 PM ) melrose  
Here it is: past the middle of May and it is 'High Water' and flower time ~ how beautiful ..... Kamloops is fortunate in that the city  and almost all homes are situated well above the flood plain. Every year we watch the water rise and sometimes it floods the City park - and the occasional area along the river - but not homes. We'll keep a watch and keep you posted ...

                                             Begonia on the deck


                                                  Colourful basket ... 
 

                                   Almost up to the sidewalk in the Park.
 

                               Almost up to the railed deck on the river .... they remove the railings almost every year well before the river is too high.
 

                  The CN railway bridge and the "red" Bridge... in the distance.
 

       Looking down river to the Overlander bridge over to North Kamloops. 
 

Trying something new this year... Begonias at the front near the Patio. Hopefully, they don't get too much sun.
 

And ...  our flower bed also on the "sunny side" with only the Iris and Cosmos blooming - yet. The 'Bleeding Heart' is just finished.... #




Saturday, April 21, 2018
      ( 1:29 PM ) melrose  
My Nursing class just had our 54th year celebration since we graduated from Royal Inland Hospital in September of 1964. This year, we changed from our usual location of Sorrento Centre. Instead, we went to the Vernon Lodge in Vernon B.C. for one night. We only had 8 attend and two of us had our husbands along ~ to be drivers and get us there and back.
We always have a very nice time catching up on the last year's activities and remembering "the good old days". This year our main topics of conversation were .Where to eat? and where should we gather next year?. 


             The decision for Breakfast was easy ~ right there in the Lodge.
 

The hotel has a lovely Atrium with a pool and hot tub ~  most enjoyed a nice    dip in the pool. #




Sunday, April 08, 2018
      ( 6:56 PM ) melrose  
Easter Weekend in Burnaby and Port Moody:  

Our final weekend of our very nice holiday was spent in Burnaby and Port Moody with the 'kids' and 'Grandkids'.  since we no longer have a yard for the Easter Egg hunt - we now go to their place for the Easter week-end. The 3 youngest granddaughters always enjoy the egg hunt.
This year they decided the 3 hunters would be allowed to start at at 15 second intervals.

    The 3 Egg Hunters - ready for the start.... with Rebecca and Ellen standing by.
  
                                                Melissa was in a rush.


Everyone gets in on the action looking for the last remaining egg.
 

                "The count" - after they think all eggs have been found.


          It was so nice and sunny, we had lunch out on the new deck. Glen and Susan are having their entire house renovated  and here they are sitting in the living room.... they have lived in the basement all winter and are looking forward to everything being finished.
 
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