Journey to Jasper

Trip Start May 05, 2008
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Trip End May 05, 2013


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, Alberta,
Friday, June 29, 2012

After a nice ferry crossing from Vancouver island we spent the night in Powell River. The next day we travelled down the sunshine coast toward Vancouver. This involves 2 more very pleasant ferry crossings. We then drove north to Whistler. The highway is spectacular but unfortunately it was raining constantly. We decided not to camp in Whistler and stayed at the Alpine Lodge instead. Whistler is a very popular resort style town and accomodation is very expensive. A private room in a hostel runs you $100. Where we stayed was cool though. The owner Geoff proved to be a very interesting character. He spent many years living in Japan organizing major music events including the Rolling Stones. He has lead a very colourful life. He keeps saying that he is an asshole but really he is a big softie. We really recommend staying there. It was a splurge for us and was well worth it. Sadly the weather remained bad for our time in Whistler. We looked at doing some downhill MTB but it was very expensive to rent the bikes and armor and lift passes. Instead we went up on the cable car that goes from Whistler to Blackcomb mountains. The cool thing about the ski lifts here is that they start right from the village.

We had an interesting experience in Whistler when a guy approached us wondering if we would be interested in attending a short sales presentation selling timeshares. For our time we would get $100 visa gift card. Angie was really against going but I was curious so we decided to go. The hotel was very flash, 4-5 star. They ushered us into a room and we began. Within 5 minutes and especially when it became clear we were currently unemployed, the sales guy realized that it wasn't really for us. He made some excuse and he swapped out with some rookie sales guy. We went through the motions, got a tour of the facilities and learnt all about timeshares. Best of all, we got $100 without having to sign up for anything! We were quite chuffed.

The next day was a bit of a driving day. We passed through Lilolet which is an old gold mining town and a good stop for lunch. The scenery is much different here, much more desert-like. We stayed the night in a place called Green Lake east of 70 Mile House. There was a little roadhouse there called Little Horse that had some cheap campsites. They also had some kickass trucker style food. Giant portions! All the locals from around come there so it was an nice taste of middle of nowhere Canadian life. The rain continued to dog us right the way through to Jasper. However, things started to look up as you will see from our next entry.

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Kiki on

Finally !!!! :o) It's so good to hear from you !!!
I'm having a good lunch break now with all your news and photos. Even with the clouds hanging low ...you've got some really stunning photos ! Can't wait to see more !
And stay away from the remote campsites and all those big scary animals !!

Safe travels
xox
Kiki

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