June 16, 2016 – Day Two: Kamloops, British Columbia to Jasper, Alberta, Canada.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
This morning we left out of Kamloops in a blaze of sunshine. We headed north out of town, following the railroad tracks and the Thompson River.
Downtown Kamloops we found a neat old pedestrian walkway that crossed the railroad tracks, which run through the center of old downtown.
Then we had to cross this narrow bridge to exit on the north side of town – this is what happens when I set the GPS to “shortest route.”
What a great day for a road trip! We’re on the Yellowhead Highway, Canada 5, heading north. It’s a wonderful life.
What a beautiful day!
When we saw that Vavenby was down off the highway a bit, we detoured to check it out. We found a cute riverfront community.
Note the snow-covered peak just to the right of the 2nd phone pole. In the coming photos you’ll see it grow as we continue our journey.
Trains passed every 30 minutes to an hour. Millions of tons of freight pass through this corridor, and keep Canada running.
There are four seasons in this part of Canada – Winter, Really Winter, Still Winter, and Highway Maintenance. We’re only a few weeks behind opening day of Highway Maintenance Season. The provincial symbol is the orange-and-white highway safety barrel.
The peak continued to grow all morning long.
Finally! We reached it! And then, an hour later, it had become “no big deal,” as we found ourselves surrounded by similar, taller peaks.
Larra Jones, photographer.