For a reason that neither of us could then or now work out, apart from cost cutting, the Silver and Gold folk had their luggage transported to their Kamloops hotel whereas the Red folk had to forgo their luggage for one night and it would be at the following hotel. It didn't matter hugely and it was certainly easy to get going the next morning.
We were loaded onto our train carriage and off before 8am, slowly crawling through the Vancouver suburbs.
RM staff waved us off.
What was good about being in Red Leaf is that it was only half full and we had plenty of space to move around, change seats and use the viewing platform.
Vancouver suburban transport.
Of bridges, we saw very many.
Timber is no longer moved by being floated down river but it is often stored in the rivers to preserve the wood.
Water, of which we were to see rather a lot. This is probably the Thompson River which we travelled along the banks of to reach Kamloops. Earlier we had been alongside the Fraser River.
Look! Snow on the mountains. We were to see rather a lot of that.
The water is full of glacial silt, hence the water colour.
We were to see lots of water, trees and rocks.
Candian rivers are often angry rivers, flowing very fast, not caring what is in front of them. Each droplet quarrels with his mate to get to the sea a little faster.
The country side has become very dry with tree cover becoming sparse.
Sage bush is edible to cattle, I think, and perhaps moose and deer, but neither were to be seen in the dry area. I believe the fixer upper was going very cheaply.
Probably an eagle nest. As you can see the train telephone wires are redundant and have not been used since the late 1950s. They have lasted amazing well considering the extreme weather. It was going to cost a phenomenal amount to remove them and as you can see, they can be still useful.
Entering a tunnel.
An abandoned mental institution village. Discussions are underway about the site's future.
Another inukshuk as we entered Kamloops and passed by the First Nation cemetery.
Cooling off on a hot day? Given it is a river fed by glaciers, freezing yourself on a hot day.
Attractive apartments for local people.
Our Kamloops hotel was very old but it had been modernised, many times I think.
It rather reminded of the London's Lancaster Gate Hotel, where you walked both up and down stairs to get to your room.
We wandered the streets for a bit, looking at various place to dine and nothing appealed, until we found an Irish pub called Carlos O'Bryan's and its rooftop. I don't drink much beer, but a couple of Coronas was very welcome in the heat as the sun started to set. So often we were caught out by it being later that we thought because of late setting of the sun. More confusion with the card payment machine.
Not sure what the building with the tower is. I like it.
Next post will be much photo lighter and I will tell you about the absurdness of the trans Canada trains, beginning in the late nineteenth century and continuing to this day.