Saturday, June 02, 2007
Scenic British Columbia
By now we have become "one with the flow" of hundreds of trucks running north and south all day long.
A few hundred miles south of Prince George is Cache Creek where we pick up Highway 1, which runs along the Frasier River Canyon for the next 150 miles or so to Hope. At the northern end the mountains lining both sides of the river are covered with cacti, with only a few scattered pine trees. South from Spence's Bridge, where we stopped for the night, the terrain gradually returns to pine forests, and by the time we reach Hope it has become dense rain-forest.
Train tracks line both sides of the river, with the north-bound trains running up the eastern side and south-bound trains returning down the western side. Long trains, often carrying up to 100 cars of double-decked containers, one every 15 to 30 minutes all day and all night. I was amazed at the size, length and frequency of trains running up and down this valley. That is a lot of stuff being shipped... must be extremely busy at the rail-yards at either end.
At Spence's Bridge, we stopped at a place called Acacia Grove RV park, which is a small oasis in the desert just beside the river (and train tracks). The campsites are scattered beneath the acacias and occasional pines. Such a peaceful setting, but sadly for the owners, not very well known. With spaces for about 40 campers, there were only 5 or 6 the night we stopped. Not surprisingly, a For Sale sign hangs at the front gate.
We stopped early for a relaxing afternoon and evening. With a site facing the river and no neighbors nearby, I decided to bring my cello outside. I setup in the grass beneath the acacias and spent an hour and a half playing without headphones. While the headphones are necessary to get a "cello sound", without headphones you can still hear the stings - somewhat faintly. It actually helps my intonation to have to concentrate a bit to hear the sounds.
Floyd likes the outdoors.
"I don't like tunnels."