I am in Vernon, BC.
I had a very visually appealing day yesterday. Bottom line:
Vernon, BC is the city with the most attractive outdoorsy looking people.
The drive on Transcontinental Highway 1 from Golden, thru Glacier National Park, thru Revelstoke to where I went south on 97A [Sicamous], was better than driving NORTH to Jasper. Spectacular.
Re Vernon, Canada Man has been spot on re his suggestions. There is a more efficient driving route to Vancouver that would take me thru Kamloops, which he doesn’t care for. Instead, he has sent me south on another route, and told me to stop in Vernon. I asked a woman at bfast yesterday, whom I really liked, what she thought of Vernon/Kamloops, and she too didn’t like Kamloops, and really liked Vernon. She told me that I HAD to go to a certain coffee shop, and she didn’t even know I dug coffee shops.
So I booked a room, sight unseen in this town. I’m jumping ahead, but basically there are very attractive people sitting in and outside the coffee shop, I heard acoustic music being played in a Mexican restaurant across the street, went over and it was packed full of [what I consider] incredibly attractive people. Good looking couples out walking their dog along the lake. Just everywhere. I have no idea how many live here vs people on holiday, or why they have settled here, but they are here.
This morning has just flown by, so I will have to make this quick.
Glacier National Park is beautiful. There are a lot of what I call tree covered baby mountains, which look like “humps”…valleys between these, and then the taller barren mountains in the back/distance. So, you see one or two tree covered humps, and then the bigger mountain in back.
As I drove further thru the park, it rained a lot, so there was cloud cover and couldn’t see the tops of some mountains. It was foggy, cloudy, misty. Some mountains with lots of snow/glaciers in the distance, VERY green, lots of waterfalls. It rains and snows A LOT here, and so it really looks like a rainforest.
Later I read that this is the only place in the world where a temperate rain forest exists this far from an ocean coast line.
I hiked thru the Giant Cedar Trail, the Hemlock Grove Trail, and against my better judgment, the Skunk Cabbage Trail [that goodness it blooms in the spring].
They have a lot of tunnels here, but they don’t go thru a mountain…they were added on as an extension of the mountain, and has trees/vegetation growing on top. I believe they started to do this to protect the roads from avalanches.
Revelstoke is a cute little town, with the visitor center people really helpful. They even sold me a stamp to the US [$1]. Just on the east side of Revelstoke, the river/lake water is back to a regular color blue again.
The weather yesterday was:
Dark, cloudy, rainy and 62’
Sunny, rainy and 68’
Sunny and 80’
The woman at bfast mentioned that the Vernon area [and south] is desert. I was thinking of this when I was driving thru what looks like a rainforest, knowing that Vernon is about 2 hours away. And sure enough, I turn south on 97A, [and see beautiful Lake Mara], the landscape becomes baby mountains and farmland. The more south I drive, the more arid it is. In the hour drive south, I reach Vernon, and it’s half “green”. Along the way, there are fruit stands everywhere. None of these farms have their own silos.
Vernon is known for the amount of snow it receives and apparently is “heaven” for cross country skiers. It’s bound by 3 lakes.