Shiny New Things

Sept 20, 2010 Kamloops, BC

New pretty stuff:

8 new cylinder kits and pistons.

Looks like we have a test drive this afternoon. Hope to hit the road tomorrow with all of our new finery and fine tuning.

Best to all,

-P

At the End of the Rainbow

September 11, 2010 Somewhere between Jasper National Park, AB and Kamloops, BC

There's a bus at the end of this (double) rainbow.

In the middle of no-house-no-landmark-no-address-possibly-bears-and-cougars-and-rattlesnakes-no-cellphone-reception land.

Danny to the rescue! :)

We hitched a ride with Danny to Kamloops, BC, 200 kms away.

She towed like a (conked out) dream. ;) The towing was surprisingly easy and totally problem-free. We didn't even pay for the service thanks to FMCA.

-P

Mountaintop Marvelling

Glacier Lookout Trail burns the lungs and legs for a glorious kilometre then ends at Harmony Tea Hut. Alas, they were out of their famous scones. 

We revived with hot tea and a clear view of Black Tusk peak (far left). 

Funny how the view is sometimes more enjoyable on the way down ... .

-P

On a Wire in Whistler

We have lift off.

The mid-ride vantage point:

Above the clouds again:

How often do you get to dine in the clouds?

An Inukshuk (ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ in Inuktitut) is an ancient tool for marking the way in Arctic regions whether the way is purely navigational or denotes a hunting ground or other food supply. Technically, a landmark in human figure is called aninunnguaq (ᐃᓄᙳᐊᖅ), "imitation of a person", but "inukshuk" is the most common and most pronounceable term. So. An inukshuk is really a cairn or, more commonly "single stone positioned in an upright manner". Nowadays Canadian parks periodically disassemble inukshuks constructed by visitors to avoid distraction from authentic cairns and other guideposts that mark hiking trails.

Disheartened after my unrewarded "Show me the marmot. Show me the marmot!" (reminiscent of "Jerry McGuire, anyone? Anyone?) in Jasper, we finally had a close encounter of the fur kind in Whistler. Marmots are adorable, teddy bear adorable. Later we saw a bear of a different kind, a black kind with fangs and claws chomping fireweed at an acceptable distance (or a 50 foot drop) below our gondola pod.

It's uphill from here.

-P