Well, we're off on our big adventure to Edmonton and Calgary with our longest driving day of the trip. After meeting in Victoria and loading the bus, we headed off for the 11:00am ferry to Vancouver. Then we all gathered back on the bus to make the 7-hour drive to Valemount, BC. We stopped along the way in just west of Hope, enjoyed Costco dinner in Kamloops, stopped briefly at Wire Cache Provincial Park (check this link for a bit of historical info on Wire Cache), and made it into Valemount at 9:30pm.
The hotel is very interesting with odd room configurations that allowed for some neat opportunities for rooming such as all the boys getting to hang out in one giant room! The hotel manager was nice enough to put on a campfire for the seniors and parents last night which made for a relaxing finish to the day.
Along the way, there were so many beautiful photo opportunities and chances to learn small bits about BC history. We discussed the 2003 fire in Barriere that destroyed many buildings and a sawmill and why many of the trees in the area have still yet to replenish and begin growing. We also passed by the "Elevator Mountain Fire" that swept up the mountains near Wire Cache in 2008.
Today, we are heading out to Stellar Decents White Water to experience some beautiful scenery and a paddling workout as we try some mild class 3 rapids. There will be lots of time for us to swim, take pictures, and really enjoy the morning before our 5-hour drive to Edmonton.
Check back here for more updates and photos as they become available!