Road Trip – We’re Doing What Now?

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…..

ahhhh, the open road…after 23 days, would we still feel the same sense of excitment?
work on the TMX pipeline continues , almost along our entire route to Vancouver
old Galloway train station at our rest stop at Edson – 227 km in
Eddie the Squirrel – Edson’s mascot greets our arrival
Lockheed T33 subsonic jet fighter at Edson Visitor Centre
old Galloway station house started life as the Dandurand Station near Marlboro, but was abandoned in 1917 before being moved to 15.3 miles closer to Marlboro in 1923. In 1940, when diesel replaced steam, it was moved to Galloway. In 1975, it became a museum in Edson Centennial Park
a strong railway history remains in Edson
coal loading station between Edson and Hinton
coal loading station between Edson and Hinton
coal loading station between Edson and Hinton
road between Hinton and Jasper
Pocahontas Peak near Jasper, Alberta

We stopped in Jasper for a picnic lunch at Talbot Lake (separate post).

rain caught up with us across the provincial boundary in B.C.
along the Fraser River East of Valemount, B.C
past Valemount, the mist is clinging to the mountains
starting our descent into the Northern interior region of B.C. The skies were starting to clear.

844 km done. Only another 4,000 to go…………………Yay

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.

18 thoughts on “Road Trip – We’re Doing What Now?

    1. You are correct. It was a long way to go to achieve the family time we all wanted and needed. Worth all the planning and the TB (tired bum) from all that driving. Thanks for reading and commenting. Allan

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  1. Canadian highways and awe-inspiring scenery certainly go hand in hand. You went to great lengths to see your family, Allan and given the never-ending pandemic crises and the logistics of planning a trip, I can easily see why it took you so long to put everything together. Travelling during the COVID times is extra challenging – it’s hugely different than it was in the past and there are many precautions you need to take, whether or not you’ve been immunized. I look forward to reading about it. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Thanks Aiva. Despite not wanting to travel the mountain roads so frequently in a short period of time, it all worked out well. Good planning, good car in good condition, good company, good weather and good luck. we had the goods. Yes, travelling during Covid was a bit unnerving, but we did find we could obtain a semblance of normalcy while keeping safe. Thanks for reading and joining us on the journey. Allan

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    1. Convoluted plan or just sheer determination. Either way it all turned out and we made many great memories. Anytime planning involves more than 2 people a high degree of flexibility is required. Thanks for joining on this journey. Allan

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  2. Glad it ended up very well, and you enjoyed the weather, the roads, and especially the time spent with your family! That’s how great memories are built, something to warm you up until you all meet again🙂
    Christie

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