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Revelstoke

View along the KVR

View along the KVR

Tuesday, August 2nd

Today we traveled north to Revelstoke. At 1,500’ it’s not that far above sea level, but it’s surrounded by majestic, snow covered peaks. It’s absolutely beautiful here. The town itself is a throwback to the 1920s. The downtown has changed very little from the bygone era. Revelstoke is also a railroad town. The Canadian Pacific has what they call a Division Point here. It boils down to lots of train action. There is also a very nice railroad museum here as well.

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Backing up a bit, this morning before we left Penticton we did one more 5 km walk on the KVR trail. Basically the second half of the 10 km walk. We walked out the trail 2.5 km and back. The skies had cleared, the sun was shining brightly, and it was still relatively cool. A fitting farewell to good old Penticton. I’m afraid my first assessment was rather harsh. Once the rowdy Holliday crowds had left the whole town seemed to get back to its normal self. So, on second thought, I think I like Penticton after all.

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Anyway, we got back on the road around 11:00. We fueled up before leaving and paid an eye popping $2.12 per liter for premium. A liter is slightly over a quart (1.05 quart a). The Mini took about 33 liters, so Ouch!

It was a beautiful drive, even though it took about 45 minutes to get through Kelowna (wow there was lots of traffic). Anyway, we weren’t in a hurry so it was all good. Once through Kelowna we sailed right along. The closer to the mountains we got the cooler it got, go figure.

Our first stop was the Revelstoke Railway Museum. It’s not a huge museum, but very well done. Indoors they have a passenger car and a steam locomotive on display. I might add, it’s a very big steam locomotive, much bigger than the one that pulled the Kettle Valley train. Then we checked into,our motel. What a treat, it’s very clean and had everything you’d want.

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After a rest, we headed out for the 5 km walk around Revelstoke. The temperature was just a bit warm, but nothing like we had been walking in. As we got down by the Columbia River we were swarmed by mosquitos. Luckily I had packed some repellent In my back pack, so we didn’t get eaten alive. It’s pretty cool that the Columbia is still a big river this far north. It has a much different character though, running through this incredibly mountainous country.

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We finished our walk downtown in the early evening. We stopped at a little shop and got ice cream and then went down to the center of town for a live concert. It’s kinda like our concert in the park, except it’s every night during the summer. They block off Main Street ( actually McKenzie Street), set up chairs, and there is food served everywhere. It’s a huge block party. What fun!

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Now we’re back at the motel for the night to rest up from all the excitement. So, I’m going to try to up-load some pictures and we’ll just have to see what happens. There may be pictures, there may not be pictures.

Tomorrow we’ll be in Kamloops. Sounds like a breakfast cereal doesn’t it? I’ll let you know what we find there.

Jim

Posted by olytrains 05:24

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