Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Road trip to BC
I've been in my new home since Saturday evening and I LOVE IT. The scenery around my place is undescribable. (Pictures to follow)
On April 22nd 2010, my mom, dad and I brought Jake and Ziggy to the airport in Sudbury for their flight to Vancouver. Once they were all secured in the kennels, Maddux and I said our goodbyes to Mom and Dad and off we went to pick up my friend M. We were on the road by 10am and drove to Thunder Bay, arriving at 10:30pm. We got stopped just outside of Sudbury by some protesters. It was a bunch of native teenagers protesting the fact that they have to pay the new HST tax. I will refrain from saying anything else about that incident, except that it backed us up by one hour. Once in Thunder Bay, we got a room at the Landmark Hotel, quite shady, but it did the trick and got a few hours sleep.
We left day two at 7am, heading towards Winnipeg, MB. Just out of Thunder Bay I got pulled over for going 112km/h in a 90km/h and of course the police officer was kind enough to give me the full fine. Gotta love it. It did prevent me from going 10km over for the remainder of the trip, which is a miracle for me. We made it to Regina, SK on day 2 after a 14hr car ride. The prairies were nice and flat with a great speed limit of 110km/h, something we are not used to in Ontario. It was weird, I was staying at 110km most of the way because in my mind that was speeding...lol
Anyways, once in Regina we stayed at the Super 8, grabbed some food and went to sleep. We were on the road again by 7am and off we went, not knowing when we would stop that day.....well 17 hrs later I was home. Once in Calgary, AB we had a great little snow storm slow us down, but once we hit the mountains the weather cleared up and WOW was all that was said in the car for the next few hours. The view is unbelievable. Something everyone in the world should see at least once in their lives. So beautiful. The picture above is of one of the stops we made in the mountains to let Maddux stretch. Once in Kamloops, I dropped M off with a friend of hers and I kept going to Logan Lake, BC., our new home. I was a zombie by the time I got home. I hadn't seen my husband in 2 months but I just couldn't find the energy to get excited. Maddux was done as well...he was such a trooper during the road trip, never complained once just sat in the back seat and enjoyed the view. If it was Jake he would have drove me nuts with his crying, but not Maddux, he was a great road trip buddy.
The next morning we got up and I got to look out my window in the day time for the first time and OMG.... there are gorgeous views all around the house. We are situated on top of a hill in Logan Lake and everywhere you look it takes your breath away. From my picture window I get to see the snow capped rockies, and from our back deck I get to see more mountains...just amazing.
Chris then took me for a ride to Kamloops, which was also dark when I came through the night before and I couldn't believe it....I still can't believe how beautiful it is. If anyone reading this ever wants to experience such beauty just let me know as pictures cannot do it justice.
We have been exploring our little town since I got here, with daily walks and boy are my legs sore but I love it. It's quite a drive from Kamloops, 30 minutes but that is something that will get better with time. The peacefulness and beauty is definitely worth the drive.
Everywhere I look I picture our life with Kaysen and it's something I can't wait to share.
When we lived in Sudbury we really didn't have anything to show guest when they came but it's a whole different story here, there is so much to see that it will take more than one visit.
I am loving it here and don't regret the move at all. The cross country drive was something I'm happy I experienced, but not something I ever need to do again. I think every Canadian should do it as it's amazing to see the difference from one Province to the next. I'm now going to have to plan a trip to do the East side of the country, but first I have lots to explore around here.
Yay to our new adventure, and Yay to being together as a family again.