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Road Trip – End of Day 1

All photos taken on September 18, 2021 in Kamloops, B.C.

This was to be our third stay in Kamloops in the last 2 months. Now, it is not that we see Kamloops as a desired destination, as much as it was about as far as we could comfortably drive in one day.

As we dropped down the West side of the mountains into the foothills, we could see the North Thompson River running alongside the road and realized we were finally getting close to Kamloops. It was only 3:48 and although we seemed to have made great time, we had actually been aided by the time zone change. It was in fact 4:48 in Alberta and we felt each one of our 9 hours on the road.

North Thompson River, East of kamloops

We had a plan for safe supper dining when we got to Kamloops. We were not yet ready for “in restaurant” dining, so phoned ahead to Pizza Now and ordered a large pizza for supper and two smaller pizzas for lunch on board the ferry the next day. Arriving at Pizza Now, we waited a few minutes for the order to be ready and promptly demolished the large pizza in the car in front of the place. The two small pizzas were safely stowed in our cooler and we set off to find our hotel.

So, here we were again, In Kamloops, in a hotel. Both hotels from our July trip being busts, we opted to stay in the Wingate for our 4 one night trip break stays on this road trip. The initial reason was because it was a pet friendly hotel and we were planning to bring Benji the Wonder Dog with us on our return trip to Jasper. However, the writer screwed this up, because, not having a pet in his family, he failed to understand that when a place is pet friendly, it does not mean all rooms allow pets. Sorry B & K…..and Benji. This was my bad.

We donned our masks and checked into the hotel, which seemed quiet for a Saturday. The place had underground parking, which was a nice touch and would leave our car and contents better protected.

The first order of business after check in and parking was to go up to the room and sanitize all “touch” surfaces, before moving our luggage in. My Patty, being trained in infection control, led the charge and kept me on the right path. One would think hotel rooms are always well cleaned, until one wipes them down with Lysol wipes and sees how much dust and dirt get removed in the process.

At last, we were satisfied that risk of infection was averted and we settled in with our luggage. Taking stock of our location, we marvelled at the views of the valley to the East and hoped we would be that lucky on our next 3 stays. Psssst, we were not.

Out the hotel; window, the North Thompson valley and Kamlopps spread out before us.
The night view

Off to bed early, as we would need to hit the road at first light to manage a 10:30 pickup of son B and then catch the 12:00 Noon ferry to the island…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz


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.

22 thoughts on “Road Trip – End of Day 1

    1. I can see that. Maybe a new slogan for Kamloops. My brother in law always jokes that way about what he thinks New Brunswick’s slogan should be. New Brunswick…gateway to Nova Scotia. I did find out that Kamloops is the Tournament Capital of Canada with over 100 tournaments a year. That became evident on our last stay there. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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    1. Thanks. It is a bit of an unusual name. It is an Anglicized version of word “Tk’əmlúps” of the Shuswap 1st Nations people from the area. The name means “meeting of the waters”, as the two Thompson Rivers meet here. Thanks for reading Lyssy. Allan

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  1. You are so funny some times my friend. You speak my husband’s language fascinated by maps and chess at age five. After reading this post he is checking out your destinations on a map. Yes the hotel my daughter set up and treated us to only had a few rooms that animals can stay in. I didn’t know that either until the other day. Family is precious. I try and imagine what it is like for those who lived during the frontier days. When you left your family members you often never saw them again. Great post. Scott still exploring the map. 🤗

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    1. Say Hi to Scott for me. It is always good to get an idea of where a new place is and I often play that game with the blogs I read. Some cannot fathom how big Canada is. After driving cost to coast and then back and forth on this last trip, I know I have a fairly good idea. I have learned my lesson on pet friendly, for sure. Imagine that the only way to communicate with family was by letter and the letters took weeks to come. Now (provided they answer) communication can happen in an instant. Cheers. Allan

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  2. Fantastic photos, Allan 🙂 We stayed in Kamloops only for one night yet it was a memorable one. We took a stroll through Riverside Park, explored Downtown Kamloops and enjoyed staggering views of Kamloops Lake. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend 🙂 Aiva

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the post and Kamloops Aiva. It is an interesting place, but after a long drive, all we wanted to do was sit still for awhile. Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend. Allan

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  3. I personally find 1 hour time changes disconcerting compared to 7 or so hours. You would think 1 hour is simple but it’s not. Thanks for the reminder too. My Dad is flying in to help with my Mum and I need to keep that 1 hour time difference in mind lol

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    1. You would not think one hour would make such a difference. I’m with you, flying to Europe seems easier, at least going East. Enjoy time with your Dad. Thanks for reading. Allan


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