The Road Home

On June 24, M and I left the Northwest Territories to head to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Here are a few photos from our drive west through the mountains. They aren’t terrific because I took them from a moving vehicle through the dirtiest windshield ever!

Mountain view.
Getting closer.
Young mountain sheep in Jasper National Park.
Here, they have the right of way.

We are home now, starting to relax into holiday mode after an extremely busy covid-related 15 months. It’s really hot (low 40s C) but I’m happy with that. The covid cases are continuing to drop, and I hope that we have seen the last wave.

44 thoughts on “The Road Home”

    1. It’s great to have warm weather but this is rather much – we are in a “heat dome” that is affecting much of western North America. It normally gets hot here (it’s a semi-arid desert) but we are reaching the high 40s now (approx 115F).

  1. Great to be home for the vacation, I am sure. That must be a long drive. How many hours did it take you. Enjoy the heat. We are seeing it still build here right now. I already can’t wait for it to be over. Have a great week Lynette. Allan

    1. Hi Allan, it’s about 20 driving hours. We always stop at certain spots (the Overlander Hotel is often one of them) and we know the route well. It’s really a beautiful drive. The heat is starting to be a bit much – we got up to a roasting 46 yesterday. Walks are early morning and we need to plan around the hottest part of the day. Still, we are out of the bugs and the humidity, so no more complaints from me. 🙂

  2. I assume the sheep are going after the road salt? What stunning photos! It seems to be hot everywhere, and the forecast here in the Northeast is no longer for cooling tonight – heat continues through much of the week in spite of showers and thunderstorms. Grumble. I don’t do well with heat, and sticky hands don’t do well with knitting.

    1. Thank you very much. 🙂 Yes, the sheep like the road salt. They were licking the road as we passed by.
      The Okanagan Valley of British Columbia gets very hot and dry in the summer (lots of wine grapes are grown here), but this “heat dome” is something else. It’s presently about 115 in F. There’s very little humidity though, which I prefer. I hope your temperatures go down soon.

    1. I was looking forward to quite warm and dry, and of course, that’s normal for here. But this “heat dome” is crazy! Our unofficial temperature yesterday was 46. Yikes. It’s a symptom of climate change, I’ve read. We have been going for early morning walks and moving slowly in the heat, drinking lots of water. We have air conditioning, too. Thanks for asking, Anneli. How are yours right now? My niece in Victoria says they had 40 yesterday!

          1. They are and they will. I think today is the last day of the temps over 30 (for this heat wave anyway). I’m sure we’ll have another one or two later in the summer. It’s a relief to see a cooler forecast.

  3. Good to know you arrived safely, Lynette. Watch out in that heat; your body won’t be prepared for the change! Keep safe and stay well, and enjoy your holiday!

    1. Thank you very much, Stuart. It’s normal for the Okanagan to be hot and dry (the wine grapes love it!), but this so-called “heat dome” is unbelievable. We had 46 (unofficially – just our deck temperature) yesterday. We have air conditioning and are being cautious – early morning walks with lots of water and keeping a slower pace. Scientists here have announced that it’s a symptom of climate change and that we should expect more of it.

      1. Yes, it’s that “expect more of it” that I’m concerned about. Might have to put in a heat pump, Just took my second shower – after peeling off the soggy clothes! Dry would be nice – but 40+ is too much for me anyway, dry or not. After about 34 my brain doesn’t work so well!

        1. Yes, scares me, too. Heat pumps are common here and my next vehicle will be electric (although I am concerned about how the electricity is being produced). Electric aircraft are on their way as well, but we humans are going to have to cut back on our damaging activities. I have experienced extremely high humidity and I really dislike it. Cool showers are the best thing for it!

      2. There is a growing awareness that the climate emergency is real, at last. As usual, the politicians around the world, aided by big business, will do too little, too late, so it’s up to us, the common people, to take the necessary action. We have to accept changes in our lifestyles, reduced family sizes, less individual travel, and so much more. Some of the suspected tipping points in various areas are fast approaching. The trouble is, we need action now, but all governments are still just talking.

        1. I’m gradually putting together a post (just mulling it at this stage) about our present PM, who despite much promise, support and youthful vigour, has really fizzled on important issues such as climate change and a number of serious domestic problems (the opposition choices are worse, in my little opinion; I just don’t see any of them as a viable alternative). There’s some movement but they just refuse to deal with it and are always so concerned about the short-term, ie, re-election. Makes me boil (apart from the heat!).

          1. A combination of vested interest and the reality of our supposedly democratic systems of government. When a government must be replaced every few years, those involved are naturally concerned to keep their jobs and their influence. What we all need for government that takes a longer view is a rolling system, based on proper Proportional Representation, where only a portion of the sitting representatives are replaced at each election, allowing some continuity of decision making and policy. That’s the way I see it, anyway.

          2. I agree. Canadians will never accept a rolling system, but opinion is strongly in favour of proportional representation. Our present PM ran on that as part of his platform during his first election as party leader in 2015. He quickly dropped it after he was elected, saying that it would give fringe parties too much power. Not really. There would be some of that, for sure, but it much more likely would affect his majority (at the time – he’s in a minority position right now).

  4. This looks like such a scenic drive. Glad to hear you arrived to Okanagan Valley safely. I heard on the news that BC is is in the middle of an extreme heat warning and that it broke the record for the highest temperature in Canada ever recorded. Yikes!

    1. Thank you very much. 🙂
      It really is scenic. This is the Yellowhead Highway (16). It goes through Jasper National Park and then joins highway 5 south in BC. It’s one of the most gorgeous drives in the country. Through mountains and forests and past lakes – so incredible.
      If you have the opportunity to drive it, you should go. It’s much less travelled than TCH and less dramatically beautiful also, but really worth it. The hiking in Jasper is wonderful.
      My home is in the Okanagan Valley (Penticton) and high, dry temperatures are normal here in the summer, but this has been brutal! We had 46° on our deck (in the shade) on Sunday and 42° yesterday. Environment Canada is calling for 44 today, so we are pacing ourselves!

      1. Canada has such beautiful scenery. I’d love to explore more beyond Ontario and make that drive someday. And wow, that’s some incredibly hot temperatures. Hope you’re finding ways to stay cool and take it easy. I imagine drinking a glass of cold wine might help 😊

        1. Hahaha 🙂 – there’s lots of cold wine around here. And there are some great craft beer companies, too. There’s really nothing as good as a cold beer after being out in the heat! (Water first, of course. 🙂 )

      1. It’s a gorgeous drive, and there are many places to stop and hike, especially in Jasper National Park. The worst of the heat wave is now moving east, so we are back to our normal mid 30sC. The problem now is the forest fires – the heat and dryness has turned some areas into tinder boxes. A couple of days ago, almost an entire town was lost (90% of it).
Thanks for your good wishes – much appreciated. 🙂

    1. Haha. 🙂 We’re used to this drive and have it down to a science, and there are two of us, so we can switch out. On occasion I’ve done it on my own, and it takes one-two hours longer as I do quick stops to walk and rest a bit. Cheers.

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