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Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops

Thursday, August 4th

You all are probably getting bored with the same old “we got up early and did a walk” thing. Hey, you’re not the one getting sore feet. Truth is though, there isn’t much of anything else to do early in the morning, except maybe sleep in. We were able to eat an actual sit down breakfast this morning. That was a nice change of pace.

The first thing on the adgenda this morning was visiting the Kamloops Heritage Railway. Oh, and how did you get there you’re probably wondering. We walked of course. As I think I mentioned yesterday, they can’t run there train anymore, but the exhibits were nice to see. They still have their 110 year old locomotive and it’s in pristine condition. We had a tour of the engine shed and got to climb up into the cab. They also have several cars open for the tour, both passenger and freight. It was certainly worth the admission.

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Last night we checked the weather forecast as usual. The prediction was for thunder showers. When we left the hotel there was no sign that it might rain, but we packed our rain gear just in case. As we were waiting for the heritage railway to open the weather made a sudden change. The sky darkened, the wind picked up, and it began to sprinkle a little. As the wind grew stronger and the sky darker it was apparent that the forecast was correct. Just as we were heading into the exhibits the sky opened up and the thunder roared.

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Maybe you’ve gathered by now that we’re the sort of travelers who like to leave the car parked and explore on foot when we can. Today we took a walking tour of downtown Kamloops, including some of the neighborhoods. We picked up a historic walking tour brochure at the museum and proceeded to walk our feet off. It was lots of fun though and we met several nice people along the way.

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The Plaza Hotel

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After a quick nap in the afternoon we went in search of trains. There is a real cool foot bridge that crosses over the tracks from downtown over to Riverfront Park. It turned out to be an awesome train watching spot. Karen got tired of waiting for a train, so she went back to the hotel. I have enough experience train watching to know it’s a lot like fishing. Wait, wait, wait and eventually you’ll get some action. After maybe half an hour I was rewarded with three trains. Two of them the longest trains I’ve ever seen, passing right under my feet. Pretty cool.

Passing Train

Passing Train

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So Kamloops is a fairly nice little city. It suffers from many of the same ills we see at home, but I guess it’s just the times we live in. There seem to be a lot of homeless living on the streets and I wonder how they survive the winters here. Maybe it’s safer than trying to survive in cities like Vancouver?

We’ll,that’s about it for today. It was a good day and we talked to some really interesting people along the way. Tomorrow we’re traveling down the Frazier River Canyon. We’ll be staying in Harrison Hot Springs for our last night in Canada.

Jim

Posted by olytrains 04:10

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