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Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #6 – Kamloops to Beaumont

NOTE: This post contains slideshows and if you are reading it on your phone, it is best viewed direct from the SITE, rather than in the READER.

All photos taken July 25, 2021.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, its off to Timmies we go……………Drive thru that is. Bacon and sausage breakfast sandwiches and a family pack of 50 Timbits (Google it). My travelling companions looked at me strangely…really…a 50 pack…we’ll never eat all those…just watch me.

I ate my sandwich before hitting the highway for the final push. Then it was Timbit time. Being Sunday morning, the highways were quiet…smoky, but quiet. We had hoped to stop in the fruit stand near Barriere to pick up some peaches and pears, but our early Sunday morning departure negated this and so we rolled on…..

I would ask all of you to pay attention to slide #2 below which shows the Kamloops Native Residential School (building left of sun), which brought the injustice perpetrated on the children of Canada’s First Nations peoples by the Government of Canada’s misguided “good intentions”. to the world’s attention. 215 unmarked graves were recently discovered here and more are coming to light at school locations all over Canada. We can only hope society learns from this historical disgrace and that Canada and the other nations implicated will also provide all records, tools and resources required to bring closure to those affected.

….to Valemount for a gas, rest and coffee stop. In the coffee shop, very good coffee, but absolutely no Covid precautions by staff or clients. Hmmm, time to get home.

The last 100+ km to the Alberta boundary were very scenic and mostly smoke free, but we could see the clouds building ahead, so visions of raindrops danced in our heads. Sorry, I just wanted to say that.

At long last, we hit the Alberta and Jasper Park boundaries. Great, we just lost an hour as the time zone changed back to Mountain.

As soon as cell service returned, we placed a takeout order with Famoso Pizza. Salads for the ladies and pizza for me. We found a place to stop, so I could eat, (next post) before driving on. Our next stop was in Edson and after that, the final 2 hour and 20 minute push put us home right around 6 PM. The last slide below is of a train crossing over above the Anthony Henday highway in Edmonton.

7 days, 2,900 km, 2 provinces, 4 family groups visited and a ton of stress loaded onto us all. Gee, but its great to be back home.


Published by kagould17

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.

17 thoughts on “Scenes Through a Dirty Windshield #6 – Kamloops to Beaumont

    1. Thanks. They are addicting, but they are not as good as they used to be when they were baked in store. Now they all come from a factory kitchen and are simply reheated in each franchise. I always prefer a good local bakery when I can find one. A donut is a sacred thing and should be treated accordingly. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Happy Wednesday. Allan

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    1. It is a shame that people and Governments always try to get the upper hand rather than give a hand up. I am sure if they had taken the time to say their plan out loud, they would have realized how awful it was. This situation of indigenous subjugation has happened in all conquered nations. America, Canada, Ireland, NZ, Australia. Most still have to address the matter and deal with reconciliation. I am glad this is now out in the light, so we can move forward. The pain still continues after many generations. I think Americans and Canadians both thrill to being on the open road. Much as I complain about the long drives, I always enjoy driving my way to adventure. Thanks for reading John. Have a great Wednesday. Allan


    1. My most northern point on the route was Keg River. I used to work in Manning in 1972. Gosh that sounds so long ago. Then I was transferred down to Oyen. I used to travel home to Fairview from there and back in a weekend, but I was a lot younger then. We always used to travel to Vancouver via the Rogers Pass. Now that I have travelled the Yellowhead a few times, I wonder why. It is much calmer. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  1. Thanks for sharing that photo of the Kamloops Residential School. I do believe we can move on from this as a county and do better because we’re more willing to acknowledge it and strive to do better. This is coming from someone whose passport country is in the definition of insanity, so trust me. I have hope!

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    1. The best way to help people see something is to shine a light on it. They need to teach this in the schools and have indigenous people come in to talk about their experiences. My wife’s father was a victim of the Irish residential schools, also a terrible tragedy. At over 90, it still haunts him. Hope is all we have, but we must continue to push governments to do the right thing. Thanks for reading. Allan


      1. Yep. We all need to do our part for reconciliation. That’s terrible about your father in law. I know a lot of people who are scarred by the Catholic Church

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