Another drive, and another great set of photos! This time Janice got some photos too!
Getting a reference shot to adjust my White balance.
We drove south out of Lillooet on Highway 12 until we got to Fountainview Academy where Fountain Valley Road meets the Fraser Canyon.
Photo Credit: Janice Post
It was nice day for a drive through the Fountain Valley, minus a few clouds.
Photo Credit: Janice Post
The road is well maintained, quite narrow at some spots, and definitely fun to drive with lots of dips and tight/blind corners.
The Lillooet Range of mountains spans from Lillooet to Lytton, the East side being home to the Fraser River and the Fraser Canyon. Photo Credit: Janice Post
Photo Credit: Janice Post.
There is a surprising amount of population in the Fountain Valley although some dwellings have been long left behind.
33 years on and my GMC is still running strong, reliable and gets out for great adventures! Here we're finally at Fountain Lake.
Fountain Lake is home to many lovely cabins, and perhaps some permanent homes?
We saw plenty of cattle as well as horses on the road on our drive.
Almost out of the Fountain Valley to the north and I spotted a view that I couldn't pass of my favorite hairpin on Highway 99 North.
Once we had made it through the valley and after stopping roadside for the last picture we stopped for some beverages and a snack at the beautiful Fountain Flats Trading Post on Highway 99 North, which is only 10 minutes from Lillooet.
There is great lookout on the highway of the salmon drying racks where the Bridge River meets the Mighty Fraser River.
This same stop presents an amazing view of the start of the unofficially named Road 40 which brings its travelers past Carpenter Lake to Gold Bridge and a handful of other towns, ghost towns and gold towns!
The rest of the drive just brings us back home to Lillooet, and thus completing our circle route.
Only a five minute drive North of Lillooet, this active Forest Service road climbs the steep Camelshoof Peak with many switchbacks to a spectacular view of Fountain Flats and the Fraser River on Highway 99 North.
Near the beginning of the road at the riverside and the base of the mountain Pavilion NW3 is the location of salmon drying racks that have been used for generations by local natives.
On the way to the hill-climb there is an un-matched view of the CN route perched just below and out of sight of Highway 99.
Not far up the hill yet and the views keep getting better, now Fountain Flats can been seen entirely!
This is a particular favourite stretch of highway to me as there is an impressively narrow hairpin turn as the highway dips down into the tiny valley followed by a double 90 degree turn under the rail tracks (the only such turn I've ever seen on any highway in my life).
On the East side of Camelshoof Peak the valley opens up wide.
The wide valley is great for ranching, the Fraser River and the route of the highway!
So I wanted to take some pictures and ended up going on a 250km drive with my dad to Mount Currie for a sandwich.
We left Lillooet at 9:45am en route to Shalath via Carpenter Lake Road/Seton Portage Road.
Upon arrival in Shalath magnificent views welcomed us, while many photos were taken only a few made the blog-cut.
First is a look at the gigantic mountains that make you feel very small:
The CN Passenger train makes a trip here every day from Lillooet, we had just missed it leaving town:
Every direction you go into BC back country you see an amazing Mountain-scape. Somehow these turn signs look great with a nice backdrop:
On the way to the Mission Dam there is a spectacular example of nature where the Bridge River lays at the bottom of a massive horseshoe slide, and today is just a trickle beyond the dam.
After grabbing a sandwich in Mount Currie, we decided to take the 99 home and I got to experience the highway eastbound which is surprisingly an entirely different highway than the exact same highway westbound! We had to stop at the Lillooet sign for a shot!
I've been missing-in-action from my own website and I apologize.
Moving to Lillooet made me realize a lot of things about life. I left the only place I'd ever known for a town I'd been to twice.
I'm in love with this town, and you should be too! Lillooet was the birthplace of the Gold Rush in BC, the home of Matthew Begbie (the hanging judge) for a brief time and in the 1850's it was the largest city West of Chicago and North of San Fransisco with a population of over 35000 (Vancouver was a small town to the South West!)
Anyways, I'm working on re-designing tensioncore.com right now and I've got to sort through many photos after working on another couple of websites. So I'll do my best to tell some stories and share some nice photos more often now, seeing as I have the time and inspiration to do so!
Here's one I took today at Seton Lake within the town limits of Lillooet!