Day 14 – Wednesday 21st September 2011

Our last full day and we left Kamloops with heavy hearts to drive to Whistler, our last hotel for this trip.

The drive reminded us of our first days which seemed more than 2 weeks ago now. We have adjusted to Canadian time, Canadian driving and the Canadian lifestyle and tomorrow we return to reality and resume our lives in the UK.

We stopped in Pemberton to use the rest room (toilet) and there was a coach load of English tourists who had just arrived and were obviously still working on UK time looking at the state of them…. The only worrying question was “did we really look that rough two weeks ago?”  These poor tourists looked shattered and as we walked out of the Gas station laughing, we felt like seasoned veterans!

Today has been pretty much travelling and the only time we stopped was to watch some of the salmon on their spawning run.  It’s a strange life being a Salmon, especially if your female!!!

We have had most seasons of weather in the last two weeks and today we have had our first rain during the day. Not just the first rain during the day, but god knows how many millimetres of rain…  Heavy was one way of putting it, but looking at the long range weather forecast it’s now rain, rain and more rain, so we obviously timed our trip absolutely perfectly..  Just imagine it was 30 degrees celcius when we landed and is probably going to be about 12 – 14 degrees celcius when we depart…..

This is our last Canadian blog, the next will be from the UK when we have arrived home and we have been reunited with our two beloved hoolies!  Have to admit that although we will both miss Canada dearly, we both miss our two hairy German Shepherds more…  I suppose the ideal combination would be to have the two hairy hooligans with us over here, although that would mean getting Michka a passport, as Bailey already has one…

Well thank you all for reading our blogs over the past couple of weeks and we both hope that you have enjoyed them and enjoyed some of the photographs that have gone with them.

Lewis & Kim

Day 13 – Tuesday 20th September 2011

After an “interesting” stay at the super 8! we hit the road fairly early and set off for Kamloops and the Wildlife Centre there.

At the Centre, they have two orphaned grizzly cubs about 8 months old, so so cute but no plans to try and return them to the wild or to work with the Grizzly Bear Society in order for them to learn the skills they need in the wild.  We both feel this is very sad as Grizzly numbers are diminishing in some areas and rescuing orphaned cubs from the Wild isn’t going to help protect these numbers….

Although the Centre does good work and although all the animals are well looked after and have arrived there after accidents etc., it becomes more of a zoo and less about conservation.  A little time and forward planning wouldn’t go a miss.  The fact that we knew more about the Canus Lupus (wolves) than the lady who did the presentation talk, we did find a little amusing. The funniest part must have been when this lady decided to start quizzing Lewis because we’d said we like wolves and know quite a lot about them….  She almost seemed rather upset when Lewis answered the questions correctly!!! LOL :0)

Having said all of that, we saw some animals that we were unlikely to see in the wild here, including wolves, coyotes, cougar and american eagle.

We spent a lot of time just watching the wolves and the black bears and eventually tore ourselves away to check into our second to last hotel….. The end is all too clearly in sight now and we have had the most amazing time, taken loads of photos and video (sorry everyone at home but you may get bored with it all!) and we have a lot of incredible memories.

Tonight we found a restaurant that actually served meals other than burgers or pizza and was reasonable.  So we actually ordered something that didn’t come with chips and had the pot roast which was lovely!!!

Onwards tomorrow to our last hotel so tonight we are firing up the jacuzzi bath and chilling whilst going over our photos.

Well off to bed now as have a reasonably long drive tomorrow back to Whistler… :0)