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Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #2 – Jasper to Kamloops

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All photos taken on July 19, 2021 on our trip to Victoria.

After our short lunch stop, we drove into Jasper town to use the facilities. We were immediately struck by how busy everything was and how few people seemed to be taking any Covid precautions. It was like a normal July day. We were still uncomfortable with our exposure, despite being double vaccinated, so wore face masks into the restrooms. We were in the minority and did our best to keep distant and safe. We did not care if we seemed out of place. We were still trying to find our way back to normal, after all and that might take a while.

A common scene in the Rockies. Continual long freight trains rumble through Jasper on their way West or East at all hours of day and night.
Crossing the provincial boundary into British Columbia
Gateway to Mount Robson Park, home of the most prominent (2829 m/9,281 feet) peak in the North American Rockies and highest (3,954 m/12,972 feet ASL) peak in the Canadian Rockies

After Mount Robson Park gate, we could just make out it’s snow capped peak in the distance. Our travel day benefited from the time zone change to Pacific (gaining an hour), but this did not shorten our drive. We soon found ourselves along the Fraser River and Moose Lake, before coming to a halt at the site of serious road accident (motorcycle fatality). One lane traffic was still moving, so our wait was not too long. It seems there are always accidents to navigate around, when travelling through the Rockies, either North or South route.

Mountain after mountain rolled by. The smoke, while less than at home was still evident, as we were travelling toward the source of many of the forest fires. In places we caught a glimpse of the ongoing work occurring on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Edmonton to Burnaby (3rd slide).

As we approached the city of Kamloops, the size of the mountains decreased until they turned into brown desert like hills. Signs of forest fires from previous years became evident.

After 834 km (518 miles) and some 10 hours in transit, we found ourselves at our stop for the night, Accent Inns on Columbia Street. We had stayed here before, but had obviously forgotten how close to the highway it was located. We checked in and opted to grab take out dinner from the nearby White Spot restaurant. It looked quiet enough and some were wearing masks, but by the time our food was ready, the place was mobbed with diners. Good choice to do take out. We would have to get used to this over the next 7 days.

The shots below show the scenes around the hotel. The AQHI was 4 in Kamloops, much better than the 8+ back home, but you could still smell the smoke.

Dinner done, TV watched, we settled down to try to sleep in a room with a noisy A/C, by the noisy swimming pool next to noisy highway. Damn you,


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Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

15 thoughts on “Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #2 – Jasper to Kamloops

  1. I had to use Google to see your driving route and all the possible stops along the way. With Jasper, Bellingham, and Kamloops, and other top places to visit like Columbia Icefield Skywalk and Athabasca Glacier, or the ever-popular Beaver Boardwalk, this looks like an amazing road trip, Allan! I hope you managed to get enough sleep despite the noisy conditions. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day 🙂 Aiva xx

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    1. There were a few towns between Jasper and Kamloops (Valemount, Blue River, Vavenby & Barriere). No Bellingham or Icefields Parkway on this Northern route. Maybe we will see more on our next trip. Sleep did occur but poorly. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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    1. Hopefully there will be something left after all the wildfires. We always find Kamloops too hot and barren in the summer. It is a bit desert like. Once you move on down the Coquihalla, things green up quite a bit as the elevation climbs and temps cool off. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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    1. The original name is even cooler Fort Cumcloups, which became Fort Kamloops and then Kamloops. Cumcloups was the spelling David Thompson group the Shuswap First Nation word meaning the “Meeting of the Waters” (North and South Thompson Rivers become Thompson River). Shuswap Kamloops, wait the place just got cooler. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  2. That’s great you had some clear and beautiful views there! Glad you also timed things well in terms of eating out and taking covid precautions. When I went to this sushi restaurant with my friend, we deliberately went after the lunch rush! Turned out well

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  3. We always stay at the Kamloops Sandman. A bit more expensive, but when you have been driving for 800 km, it’s worth it. (We are getting past the point of being able to sleep past the noise and bad pillows and beds!) There’s a Moxie’s attached, which works out well for us since it’s open late (we often only arrive around 8 or 9). Cheers.

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  4. The drive from Jasper to Kamloops looks incredibly scenic. I always find it interesting to go through an area with signs of a forest fire and look at all the burnt and crispy trees. We went camping last weekend and encountered a similar situation. We were probably the ones ones who wore our masks in the restroom despite the fact that there are still signs up everywhere saying that a mask is mandatory.

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    1. I think it can be scenic when not blanketed by smoke. This trip, w found ourselves wondering why we would ever take the South route, which is so much busier. The lack of masks is quite astonishing as case climb in the 4th wave. Its as if some think things are totally back to normal. I guess herd immunity will come quicker as this is now a disease of the unvaccinated. Stay well and thanks for reading. Allan

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