Posts Tagged ‘British Columbia’

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Days 46-47 – Smithers to Calgary

August 17, 2017

The plan for the next two days was to get to Calgary, which would set me up for entry into Banff National Park.

Instead of heading directly out from Smithers, I backtracked a bit to Moricetown so that I could pick up the Telkwa High Road, a scenic bypass of sorts that runs through the hills a few miles to the north. The dismal gray skies that have been dogging me found me again, so the scenery wasn’t as nice as it could have been, but… whatever.

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Moricetown Canyon

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Days 42-26 – Anchorage to Smithers

August 15, 2017

As I was leaving Anchorage, finally, I had a decision to make: Continue on with m y trip as planned, taking a circuitous route back to LA with many stops along the way, or acknowledge that I’m a week behind schedule and several thousand dollars over budget and just get home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

I decided to compromise and stick with my itinerary, but put it on fast forward. For the time being, where earlier on I would have lingered somewhere 2-3 days, I’ll stop by for a half day, and where I was driving 6-8 hours per day, I’ll be going for more like 10-12. After I gain back some days and get closer to home, I’ll reevaluate.

The last several days have taken me East out of Alaska, through Yukon, and south to the small town of Smithers, British Columbia.

First, with some trepidation, I got back on Glenn Highway. Thankfully, I did not encounter any moose this time along.

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Heading East on Glenn Highway.

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Days 22-23 – Prince Rupert to Whitehorse

July 27, 2017

The last two days were a 17 hour, 850 mile drive through northern British Columbia and southern Yukon. It turns out that northern British Columbia and southern Yukon are more than a little scenic. “Gorgeous” may be the word.

Before I got to any of that though, I had to get out of Prince Rupert. I’m sure I would have been more into the town if I was a fisherman, and the weather wasn’t helping, but walking around, I couldn’t get adjectives like “dank” and “dreary” out of my head.

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Day 21 – Inside Passage

July 24, 2017

The weather didn’t cooperate. On the day of my much anticipated sea voyage through the Canadian section of the Inside Passage, it was cold, raining, and gray from sunrise to sunset. *shrug* What are ya gonna do?

Even cold and gray, the Inside Passage is something to see.

I arrived at the port at 5:30am, and after an interminable wait, rolled onto the ship. Or is it a boat? I’m still not sure.

At 150m long and with seven decks, the MV Northern Expedition is by far the largest boat… er, ship I’ve ever been on:

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Om nom nom nom

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Days 17-20 – Vancouver Island

July 24, 2017

After my last post went up, I got a call from BC Ferries, with whom I’d had a reservation for the July 25th ferry from Port Hardy, Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert, northern British Columbia. It turned out that a spot on the July 21st ferry, which I was wait listed on, had opened up. So my stay on the island, which was originally scheduled for two days, then ballooned to 10, was now down to six, with four remaining.

I’ve spent those four days sort of kicking around the island, in the general direction of North. I generally wasn’t taking a lot of photos per day, so instead of four micro posts, I’ve combined the four days into one super sized one for you. Get ready for a lot of scrolling.

I started Monday with a late breakfast in Nanaimo, ambled through a few book stores, and walked the water front.

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Day 16 – Victoria to Nanaimo

July 17, 2017

This first day of my extended stay on Vancouver Island was light. I rolled my ankle pretty bad yesterday, in a parking garage of all places, so I need to once again take it easy for a few days.  I have a few ideas for the next week penciled in, but I’m not too worried about keeping a schedule.

Today, I took the scenic route from Victoria to Nanaimo, a port town about 60 miles to the north. The direct route is Highway 1, a four lane divided highway -which is also the western start of the Trans-Canada Highway- along the East coast.  I instead mapped out a route that would take me along the more remote West coast and then through the mountains across the island and into Nanaimo. That route didn’t quite work out, but more on that in a minute.

My first stop was for lunch in Sooke, a town that it should be noted has an annual festival called Sookapalooza.

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At the delightfully named Whiffin Spit.

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Day 14 – Olympic National Park to Victoria, BC

July 17, 2017

I woke up this morning seriously tired and sore, as expected. Twenty-two miles is a long walk. I had a reservation on a ferry to Vancouver Island for late afternoon, so the plan for the day was hitting a few final spots around the peninsula and getting in to Port Angeles by 4:00.

My first stop was the Sol Duc River valley.  The area boasts a hot springs resort and numerous hiking trails, meaning it could easily be a full day destination. I hit a few places and moved on.

Sol Duc Falls Trail:

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