Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The falls were located only a few kms from the house we were renting and whilst they were considered to be quite good falls, we figured we wouldn't be likely to get back to see them unless we came back to this location again in the future.
The tour guides didn't actually mention that the paved roads ended a couple kms from the house and the remaining 7kms were on partially paved/partially gravel backcountry roads. Whilst these were easy enough to drive upon, there were more than enough potholes and in several sections, particularly the rickerty wooden bridges, the road went down to single lane - now Karen you're probably used to this but we've not seen a single lane road for 16 months - this was quite a surprise.
Anyway, it turned out to be great.....with excellent views on the way there and the excitement of wondering what people, views or wildlife were going to be lurking around the next corner.
This post shows a few views from the drive to the falls.
Nonetheless David still managed to rustle up a great gourmet meal each night !
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Established initially as a basecamp for construction workers of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 1880's a neighbouring basecamp staged a hoax 'find' of some silver, and named themselves Silver City. Not wanting to be outdone this basecamp a few years later in 1883 renamed themselved Golden City. They renamed themselves once again this time 'Golden' in the 1950's when they realised 'City' was probably a bit optimistic. Nonetheless, Golden now survives as a relatively bustling mountain town and there's nothing left to be found of the original Silver City.
These days Golden serves as a useful tourist stop, mammouth railway depot, river crossing and junction of the East-West TransCanada Hwy and the North-South Hwy 95.
At the bottom of the photo you can see some CPR Railway sidings and just beyond the glacial blue of Columbia River.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
I haven't posted much about my work as yet so I will have to remedy that, but for now here are a few pics of this rather Hokie town.
It would seem that it has only a handful of bars (we have been to a few) but it does have this Casino (picture taken from my hotel room). I of course visited this cultural phenomenon and discovered that it bares little resemblance to Vegas!!! Many first Nations and old ladies.
Home tomorrow and I will write more then; including my trip to the home of the Canadian Mountie!
When we got back to Vancouver I met with a client the same afternoon and she wondered whether we had driven back from Golden the direct route.....over the mountains....rather than around them using roads like normal people !
However, the journey reminded us how much we like the Murano - it made light work of a long drive in adverse weather and on poor road terrain.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
The house was a beautifully appointed modern home on it's own flat 9.5 acres, a mix of open grassy fields and some woodland. Absolutely perfect for all things four-legged including Charlie, and numerous deer who also frequented the gardens throughout the day.
Willowbank Mountain Ranch was the name of the house and it was situated on a quiet country lane, approximately 5mins drive off the Trans Canada Highway......so it was easy to get where we wanted yet peaceful & quiet. At night you could stand in the garden and not only hear absolutely nothing, but you could see a massive array of stars including the Milky Way.....something I (and I think David) have not seen before....definately not with this clarity.
The photo above shows the rear of the house, and you can see there weren't many neighbours nearby. There was one house some way off to the right of this photo, but was a good distance away and there didn't really appear to be anybody living there anyway.
We hadn't in all honesty appreciated how scenic the locality was going to be until we arrived. We had decided to book a property in Golden because we felt the Rockies were just too far to drive in one day, but should still be accessible as a 'day-trip' from Golden. However, we discovered that Golden is actually right on the edge of the Rocky Mountains and only about 45 mins from Lake Louise. Still it was only 3/4 days drive to get there and coming back with the time difference advantage, we left at 7am and arrived home at 1.30pm - just in time for another half days work !
Because the location was just so stunning I will dedicate a separate whole post to the views from the house itself.
The obligatory 'dog-photo' - this is Charlie posing on demand in the front garden, which incidently didn't actually slope as much as it appears to - perhaps we had already had a yard-arm........or maybe the camera's faulty ?!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
D & A