Paradise Valley

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  • Day19


    October 11, 2016 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Auf der Fahrt zu diesen Campground sind wir wieder an tollen Aussichtspunkten / tolle Landschaften / Bergen und Täler vorbeigefahren 🙂. Das war irgendwo am Highway 99, weiter geht in Richtung Vancouver 🙂Read more

  • Day34

    Canadian Rain Forest in Paradise Valley

    September 27, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Unsere Tour führt immer näher an Vancouver und Seattle.
    Heute ab Lillooet über Sea to Sky Hwy auch über Whistler. War 2010 Teil der Winter Olympiade in Vancouver. Retortenstädtchen seit Mitte der 60er
    Jahre. Was wir sahen war ein kleiner Ausschnitt aber
    Alles sehr edel. Für nordamerikanische Verhältnisse zurückhaltende, aber trotzdem umfassende Architektur ( Hotels, Villen , Geschäfte , Seilbahn, Parks). Fanden das in europäisch-alpinem Stil gut in die überwältigende Gebirgslandschaft eingepasst.

    Über viele serpentinenartige Kurven kamen wir nach Whistler, ab da fast autobahnartiger Ausbau.
    Unser Ziel war der Paradise Valley CG.
    Zu unserer Überraschung ein CG mitten im Regenwald. Empfangen wurden wir von einer deutschen Travel and Work Mitarbeiterin.
    Sie will Bankfachfrau werden und nützt dieses Jahr um ihre Englischkenntnisse zu verbessern.

    Paradise Valley hat Ausläufer des Great Bear
    Rain Forest, einer der größten noch bestehenden Regenwälder der gemäßigten Zonen.
    Erneut beeindruckende unbekannte Natur.
    Wir mussten im feuchten und warmem Klima unsere
    Bekleidung anpassen und Westen und Hemden
    zugunsten von T Shirt weglassen.
    Morgen bleiben wir vor Ort. Geplant ist kleiner Hiketrail.
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    Wow, tolle Mosaikbildimpression !

  • Day35

    Hiking to Brohm Lake

    September 28, 2018 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Für heute hatten wir uns etwas mehr Bewegung verordnet. Ich hatte von einem Trail zum Brohm Lake gelesen.
    Deshalb nach Frühstück und "Rei in der Tube Wäsche" waschen und zum trocknen an GUNTER aufhängen
    Abmarsch zum Trail.
    Hiken bedeutet auch in Kanada: Über Stock und Stein
    Klettern und Wandern. Lohnend sind die Trails meistens, wen auch mit Anstrengung verbunden.
    So auch hier. Beginn mit very steep section, dann weiter auf und ab zum Teil über hölzerne gezimmerte Treppen.
    Wunderbare Ausblicke und ein klarer Bergsee waren die Belohnung. Insgesamt Hike von 4,5h.
    Wir haben das ganz ordentlich bewältigt und freuen uns jetzt auf Steak und Gemüse.
    Inzwischen sind weitere deutsche Nachbarn eingetroffen. Allerdings kontaktarm.
    Die Kanadaer sind fast zwanghaft am Feuerle machen.
    Das haben wir schon auf den anderen CGs bemerkt.
    Morgen: Vancouver bis Dienstag, dann Seattle und
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  • Day279

    Cat Lake, Canada

    July 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Canadian camping and a floating fiesta.

    After our hike we continued our expedition north with the intent of finding somewhere to camp for the night. Em had kindly loaded her car with all the camping gear under the sun plus the four of us. This proved troublesome on the unsealed road up to the lake and after tackling several fairly severe washouts at the expense of the car's undercarriage, we aborted the mission and headed elsewhere.

    It's peak season for camping in Canada - summer holidays and it was a Saturday evening; the task seemed impossible. Fortunately we met some rowdy Irishmen who offered to share a campsite with us on the condition that we wouldn't complain about their partying - of course they were already on their second strike. Them Irish! The location: the beautiful Cat Lake.

    Dave met us at the lake with another car full of gear and we spent some time assembling it all over cold beverages. Camping in Canada is not for the feint hearted. Right now, British Columbia is largely on fire. It's burning like Australia's eucalyptus forest only it's pine and the forest covers practically the entire state. It goes without saying there's a fire ban. But fire was not what worried us. Our fear was the bear.

    This far in life, every animal threat I've received has failed to eventuate. This has led me to the belief that animal threats are cause for reserved excitement. That is, there is a slight but highly unlikely chance you will encounter such animal, and if you do it will likely be from such a distance it's rather indistinguishable and more probably just a tree stump. Bears, however, are not part of this belief. They are real. Very real. And they actually eat humans. In fact, the bear rules are more strictly enforced than the fire rules. Bear boxes (steel chilly bins) are to be used to store all food, food packaging and kitchenware, and they lock! Bear proof bins are the only form of bin and bear spray is sold at most supermarkets, camping stores and liquor stores. On top of that, almost every Canadian you talk to has seen one. It is also very confusing that the words bear, beer and bare have no audible difference in the NZ accent. Nonetheless, beware of the bear - you've been warned.

    Cat lake really turned it on. An early evening dip, hummus dip, chip or two and a beauty of a sunset set up a great night which quickly disappeared into early morning. The dice were brought out and our opinion that Canadians are very friendly was reinforced by, well, lots of very friendly Canadians. Dave and Em introduced me to KDs (Kraft Dinners) which I can tell you take after the brand much more than the verb.

    Late the next morning the kitchen reopened for breakfast. On a tiny gas burner we cooked french toast with maple syrup and vast quantities of local berries (it's berry season and we're really making the most of it). It was delicious and in line with the vast quantity of maple syrup we have already consumed in this country.

    After breakfast, in his box of tricks, Dave conjured up a pair of inflatable paddleboards. We packed up snacks, drinks and some music and set out on the lake. It's not a big lake but somehow we managed to drift around (two people per board) for two or three hours soaking up the sun and dipping to cool off. We also had several attempts at log running/rolling which made us feel all the more Canadian. Dragonflies mating was another oddly interesting highlight, especially when they chose to do so on your body.

    We spent the remainder of the afternoon/evening (who doesn't get dark until 10pm here) getting back to Vancouver with a vital stop at a brewery for lunch and a Caesar - a clamato (tomato-clam) juice cocktail with snacks (in it). Definitely nothing like the salad. I was again disappointed in not seeing any bears, but little did we know that would change in the Rockies. I also had enough of the other beers to keep my disappointment at bay.

    Em kindly gave up her apartment for the night so we could have a sleep in a real bed. It was a really good bed and an even better sleep. Sooo much better than the floor (which we will be spending almost every other night in Canada on). We packed up our gear and most of Emily's camping gear and she dropped us at our rental car the next morning: let the Rockies road trip begin!

    To Em, Dave, Tristan and Mahsan - you guys are legends! Let's hope paths cross again soon!
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