September 12 to 14: Cache Creek, BC

Elaine at Craigellachie, BC - The Last Spike

Elaine at Craigellachie, BC – The Last Spike

Rain on the big mountains … rain all day as we trundled up and down, and round lakes and cliffs through Salmon Arm and Kamloops.

Craigellachie, BC - The Last Spike. John is the one without a beard.

Craigellachie, BC – The Last Spike. John is the one without a beard.

“Don’t be concerned, Elaine,” I said, as she put the wipers on high speed, “Cache Creek might be dry.”     “Some chance,” she replied, “we are only 30Km away and the weather is even worse.”

Aha … 20Km – a touch of blue sky … 10Km – a shaft of sunlight … 2Km – dry roads.   Cache Creek and a campground with warm sunshine, and no mud!!

This is one of the driest places in Canada, being the most northerly extension of the deserts of Arizona and Utah.  The only green fields are those with irrigation.  In the dry grass with sage bushes there are prickly pear cactus.  We thought we had reached Texas!

Cache Creek - Campground

Cache Creek – Campground

We stayed an extra night to rest a while, and then another day to catch up on many other jobs, including these ramblings.

While Cache Creek does not have the world’s best supermarket, the wi-fi here is the best we have found on the whole trip.   Fast and reliable.  We still have to find a Post Office, for essential matters like postcards for Alexandra and K., but they tell us that there really is a postal service here, so we will persist.

Cache Creek Desert Open Range

Cache Creek Desert Open Range

This is the south end of the Cariboo, and was once a supply point for the gold rush.  Now it seems to be a stopping place for rented RV’s that trundle from Vancouver to the Rockies, Prince George and Alaska.

They still mine various minerals here, but apparently Cache Creek is only a shadow of its former importance.  Dry, rolling hills, which are mostly open range or crown land.  Strangely enough we like such country.

John

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2 Responses to September 12 to 14: Cache Creek, BC

  1. Vi says:

    Hi John and Elaine.WE are enjoying your trip wonderfully as if we are there.I am amazed at your great pictures.and your stories. I am so glad you where able to take this trip. Good health,Good food ,and lots of laughs..Take care …Vi

  2. Sian Meikle says:

    I have to tell you what a truly handsome wall Alexandra, Keldan and Louise are building with those postcards — they are magnificent!

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