Fresh, verdant hues colored our Kootenay highway route initially. As we moved into the dry south Okanagan we were delighted to see bouquets of Arrowleaf Balsamroot everywhere the eye wandered.
This member of the sunflower tribe was new to us and we marveled at its abundance.
Onward to Langley, the floral parade now marched in pinks and purples as Azaleas and Rhododendrons strut their stuff. Vast fields of high bush blueberries spread across the Fraser Valley.
Free evening accommodation was available at BC Recreation Sites. West of Rock Creek, Jolly Creek, a grassy site in a tight valley was quiet and dark.
At the Dewdney (Princeton) site on the Similkameen River evidence of the hand laid retaining wall of the historic Dewdney Trail could be seen.
The N’kwala (Merritt) site located beside the Nicola River had us back in Ponderosa Pine territory.
The whining and whistling of semis and trains through the Fraser Canyon didn’t impede Anne’s sleep at the Yale Rest Area alongside the Trans Canada highway.
Vestiges of the past gave us time to reflect on those who came before.
The proprietor at the Vulture Garage had quite the collection but his pride and joy was a bucket dragster.
But it is the hillsides of Arrowleaf Balsamroot and Ponderosa Pine that will be etched into our memory.