All photos taken on September 18, 2021, during our travel from Beaumont, Alberta to Kamloops, B.C.
We had been planning for this trip for almost a year. A year ago, it was just a germ of a dream by my beloved Patty, who desperately wanted to get the whole family together. We thought, surely, Covid will be over by then. Wrong!!! And worse than that, we were in the early stages of a 4th wave, that would make the other waves look like ripples.
Nonetheless, at 8:00 AM, September 18/21 (1 day after our 44th wedding anniversary), we pulled away from the safety of our home and started our drive West. This would be no ordinary out and back drive to the Coast. This was scenario #143, required to meet the changing circumstances of creating a viable plan for all 6 family members.
We would drive the 1272 km to Victoria, (picking son B up along the way, in Vancouver), then driving to Victoria,where we would spend 4 days with Grandpa, then drive back 915 km to Patricia Lake Bungalows in Jasper (picking up daughter K in Vancouver). We would spend 7 days in Jasper (3 with son L and daughter A), before driving 802 km back to Vancouver to spend 3 days there. At that point, we would again collect Son B, daughter K and Benji the Wonder Dog to drive 151 km through Victoria (stopping for another visit with Grampa) to Sooke Point resort for a 4 day stay at the seaside. Once that stay and the holiday were over, we would spend 2 days driving the 1,331 km back home. You know, when I say this out loud, it sounds kinda crazy. But, that is what we did and after 23 days and 4,825 km, we have many fond memories to keep us warm through our long winter.
Here are the scenes along the way to Kamloops…..
We stopped in Jasper for a picnic lunch at Talbot Lake (separate post).
844 km done. Only another 4,000 to go…………………Yay