Revelstoke, B.C. August 9, Friday
Revelstoke is the base for Mt. Revelstoke National Park. The park has the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. A 25 km road ascends from an inland rain forest terrain to sub-alpine forest to the sub-alpine meadows which was our main goal. A small shuttle takes you to the top, about 6500 feet.
Once at the top, several trails branch out to explore the meadows, covered with wildflowers at this time of the year. The flowers were brilliant in color and profuse in the open areas. The vistas are of the Columbia River below you, the Selkirk and Purcell mountains, and valleys in between.
We had left the hotel later than usual and worried that the top would be crowded. But even at 10 am, we were one of the early ones. When we left 2.5 hours later, the crowds had increased and parking was difficult. So much for our worries.
Revelstoke is another BC town whose development can be traced to railroads. There is a railroad museum in town so we visited it. On display, among other items, was a steam engine that had been used up until the 1950s. A volunteer who had worked for the railroad was present to discuss the engine-and allow children to ring the bell. (The whistle would not work without the steam engine going which does not happen now.) It was neat to see some of the rail cars and displays after we had seen the Spiral Tunnels the day before.
We went through the displays, watched the video, and talked to a woman from New Zealand. She and her husband were traveling across Canada for six weeks and were early into their trip.
The weather had gotten warm so we returned to the hotel and worked on the blog and laundry for a bit. Dinner was at a local restaurant, the Woolsey Creek Cafe. Revelstoke has musicians playing every night downtown during the summer and we planned to catch the last hour or so after dinner. Unfortunately, the “kitchen was extremely backed up and our food would be out shortly”. After hearing this for the third time, we wondered what happens when they are really busy. We ended up getting the food too late to make it worthwhile to go listen to the music. Food was good at least. I solaced myself with a chocolate mousse for dessert.
Ed and Chris August 13 7:30 pm