Wednesday was the last full day we had with our friends from across the pond. Since they had a long drive ahead of them the next day (they are going on to Jasper and Banff) we decided to stay a little closer to home. What we as Canadians think of as a short jaunt, the English consider an epic adventure, so I thought they might not appreciate spending another day driving for several hours to sightsee. And, after all, there are many beautiful places just minutes out our front door. (Those would be Canadian minutes, not English!)
Paul Lake is only about 45 minutes from our house. I love the drive out, although the winding, pot-hole filled road leaves a little bit to be desired.
The lake itself is small, but very picturesque. There is a great hike that takes you to the top of the rock peak you see in the distance, but unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on who you asked) we didn't have time to climb to the top.
We took the back road from Paul Lake through to a rural area called Pritchard. And by back road, I'm talking about dirt and gravel. It made the rough road out to Paul Lake look like an expressway by comparison. It is worth it though because it eventually leads to this view.
I'm sorry the picture is a bit hazy. There had been a small forest fire the day before, and some smoke was still hanging in the air.
Much of the area surrounding Kamloops is ranch land. We stopped to get a picture of the hanging skull, and then noticed the barbed-wire sign spelling out the name Hall. That happens to be Gill's last name, so of course we had to get a picture.
Every time I drive this road I think to myself that I really must stop and get a picture of this old one lane bridge over the South Thompson River. I've finally done it!
That's the end of the journey. Thanks for coming along with us!