The Trip Home - Langley to Kamloops
Sunshine and blue sky
throughout the entire trip home,
warm temperatures too!
Top left: Mt. Baker from the Trans Canada Highway near Abbotsford, BC
You know it's a beautiful day in the Fraser Valley when you can see all of Mt. Baker above the local mountains. It sits at the 10, 700 foot elevation, a stratovolcano, active, glaciated, in the Cascade Range of Washington State, USA.
Top right: Tulip fields of Chilliwack, BC
We just missed the Tulip Festival in this area. It's been an annual spring event since 2006. Tulips are British Columbia's number one floral product. 21 million tulips are grown every year in this province. We could see these fields from the Trans Canada Highway so we zoomed off on an exit to get a closer look.
Bottom left: The "Old" Alexandra Bridge over the Fraser River
It's been on my photo bucket list for some time to get a shot of this old bridge from its replacement in the Fraser Canyon. Today was the day! We parked beside the south end of the new (1962) Alexandra Bridge and walked along the pedestrian sidewalk out to the middle of the span to see this old bridge to the north. The first and original Alexandra Bridge was opened for use in 1863 but most of the wooden decking washed away in the Fraser River flood of 1894. This second bridge used the foundations of the first bridge. Construction began in 1926 and it finally closed to traffic in 1964 following the opening of the present Alexandra Bridge.
Bottom right: Almost home in Kamloops! We're coming down the hill to the Overlander Bridge to cross the Thompson River. Mt. Peter and Mt. Paul are on the horizon ahead of us.