Boundary Bay
Buddhist Temple
Cache Creek
Chase - Okanagan
Hope - Whistler
Hurley River
Kentucky Alleyne
Kookipi Creek
Kootenays
Lillooet-Seton
Lillooet-Harrison
Okanagan Lake
Princeton - Tulameen
Sunshine Coast
Terrace
Tulip Festival
Weaver - Chehalis
Vancouver - Cache Creek - Lillooet
2004-January-25

I haven't make any scenic drive since September 01.  This is a loop that I don't think I will make in Summer.  Somehow doing this trip I felt driving in Montana.

After driving around Hope we stopped in Yale.  Before crossing the tunnels I drove to the river, it was a good shake for my truck and a good time to remember that in the railway period in this town Jacko (not Michael Jackson) was exhibited.  He was exhibited as a young Sasquatch supposedly captured and held in a cage for display to paying customers.  Seems that Jacko was "Jacko the Dog-Faced Boy", part of the P.T. Barnum circus of freaks and oddities, and that this was a human boy covered in a lugano (birth-fur) and not a Sasquatch at all.

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Then we did a quick visit to Alexandra Bridge, now out of service but part of the old Highway 1 -- Cariboo Highway -- in the 1920s

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Then we arrived to Lytton.  In Lytton is where the Thompson River joins to the Fraser River.  From Lytton you can drive Highway 12 if you want to reach Lillooet.

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Instead we continue on Highway 1 towards the small town of Spencer Bridge.

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The train is a constant companion along the road, the trains look like giant snakes sliding without stop 

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Finally we arrived to Cache Creek.  Just south of Cache Creek is a huge open pit garbage dump which receives almost all of Vancouver's trash.  Since the dump opened up, people have punningly referred to the town as "Trash Creek".  It is screened from the highway by a large gravel berm for cosmetic purposes.

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Close to this point Canada's third trans-continental rail link was completed on January 23, 1915.  In a simple ceremony the last spike was driven, witnessed by a small group of engineers and workmen.  The line later became part of the Federal Government's consolidated Canadian National Railways system.

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Before arriving to Lillooet, there are several lakes where you can do ice fishing.  It's really cold, I saw a fisherman with a fire on top of the ice.

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Look at this, wild goats.  Basically I drove 400 km just to see them.  They were happy to see me too!

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Finally we arrived to Lillooet, this town is in a very dry area - some parts of the town receive less than 2 inches of rain a year -- and it has very high temperature extremes.  Even in winter is very sunny, typically Lillooet enjoys sunshine even when nearby Pemberton is socked in with coastal-type weather.

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Lillooet is one of the few places where you can poo and at the same time have a chat with someone else.

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On our way back to Vancouver we took Duffey Road.  After leaving Lillooet what about a quick look of Seton Lake.

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Seton Lake's indian name is "Tsalalh" or "Chelath", meaning simply "lake".  The hydro project slightly raised the level of Seton Lake by a few meters, making it formally a reservoir rather than a natural lake.

Then a quick stop on Duffey Lake, unfortunately it was cloud and the view was not very good.

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Few kilometres after Duffey Lake we had a very rare sight, a fox.  They are very fast, I don't know how we were able to take this picture.


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Round trip: 687 km (430 miles)

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