We’ve started the trek eastward, but at a very slow pace so as not to shock our delicate systems which had become used to the fun and frivolity of the past two weeks. We spent 2 nights in Manning Provincial Park, which is located about 3 hours east and just north of the US border in the Cdn Cascade Mtns. Our good weather came to an end and we had a steady rain which lulled us to sleep, deep in the forest.
On the 3rd day we left in the rain and continued east. Once you travel over the Cascades Mtns the terrain changes dramatically and becomes dry and arid with vast orchards and vineyards everywhere. This is Canada’s wine-producing region.
Once again we met up with my cousin and her family (not quite ready to cut that umbilical cord) and many of their friends, this time at Kettle River Provincial Park, also located just north of the eastern Washington border. The weather cleared and became hot, dry and sunny with temps dropping down to 48 at night. Absolutely perfect.
This Provincial Park has an old rail bed that has been converted to a bike trail that is part of the Trans Canada Trail, which connects a series of multi-use trails all across Canada, stretching 17,000 kilometers. The BC portion of the trail alone is 1750 kilometers.
Needless to say everyone in the park brought bicycles and also some sort of floating device, as floating down the Kettle River is the next most popular activity. We were lent the appropriate toys and had a fabulous time. Leonard, Rob and Laia increased their activity level by hiking up a steep bluff overlooking the campground while Pam and I got a ride up to the top after the guys discovered a 4 WD trail.
We spent 3 great days there and then reluctantly left to continue with our exploration of BC.