This morning we left Lethbridge and made our trek through the mountains to Osoyoos, in the Okanaghan Valley of BC. Those mountains are such a tremendous barrier, effectively separating the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia with miles and miles of sharp peaked, snow covered granite...extending well into the United States.
Our trip took 9 hours today - five of which I drove. As it happened, my 'shift' took us through the high mountain passes - the Crowfoot Pass and the Kootenay Pass. When Lloyd wasn't sleeping, he grabbed the camera and tried to get some shots, but he missed the ones at the top of the passes where the snow was piled high on either side of the road, indicating where avalanches had been cleared away previously - pretty spectacular scenery. Driving up the mountains we'd go from dry ground and sun into wet roads with snow on either side, going down long curving hills onto lower mountains misted with fog and snow. At a few points we ran into wet snowfall, but those were few and far between. I just wish there had been more places where I could pull over and get some really good photos, but there just wasn't room, or there were vehicles behind me.
Here are some of the sights from today's trip.
|Beautiful snow covered moutain|
|I love the look of this one|
|A threatening sky as we climb|
|Curving up and then down through the pass|
|And around a sharp bend|
|Not much traffic from either direction|
|There were three of these runaway lanes down this one mountain. I'd hate to be in the vehicle that lost control, or brakes, and had to hit the emergency area.|
|It's not really a lane at all - just a semi-safe space to get off the highway and stopped.|
|Finally far enough down the mountain to be out of the snow.|
|But we had to watch out for grazing animals now.|
|Still working our way through the mountains|
|To a city - Castlegar - in a high valley|
|I don't know how safe I'd feel flying into that air strip surrounded by mountains|
|Lloyd almost missed this picture of two wild turkeys who ran across the road in front of us.|
|Signs told us to have winter tires or carry chains from October to April 30 on these roads|
|I was scared to take my eyes off the road so Lloyd could take this picture|
|Looks like we're going to drop off the face of the earth|
|It got misty with snow as we came down off the mountains|
|And finally to the foothills and farmland|
|Our destination - Osoyoos - came into view as we drove down Anarchist Mountain|
|Our home away from home for three days - Spirit Lodge, Osoyoos|
|Surrounded by miles of orchards that make this Okahaghan Valley world famous. They're just waiting for enough sun and heat to start blooming. It'll be a very different scene this time next month.|
We finished our day by going to Mary and Greg's place in Oliver to spend some time with our grandchildren and new grand-puppy, Maizie. Pictures tomorrow.