Monday, August 17, 2009

Destination Kamloops, BC Part I

We hit the road nice and early Sunday morning under slightly overcast skies. Traffic was light and we motored along highway 1 at a steady speed heading for Hope and breakfast at Darrell's Dinner.

Our Darrell's breakfasts consumed and the 'road trip' CD spinning, we were back on the road. The sun broke through the clouds long before we even hit the Coquihalla. Traffic was still light and we made excellent time.

We made it to our next pit stop - Merritt - fairly early. There wasn't a whole heck of a lot to see there so we gassed up the car and stretched our legs briefly before we all piled back in the car and continued on our journey under clearing blue skies.

We're not sure if it was our estimations being way off or the road conditions and light traffic that got us there so fast, but we found ourselves in Kamloops before noon and way too early to check into our room.

So with time to kill we decided to check out Kamloop's BC Wildlife Park. The sun was intense and it was blistering HOT out there! The animals were laying low to stay out of the heat but we saw some beautiful species practically at arm's length. One irritating moment at the park was unfortunately encountering an idiot who thought it was the most entertaining thing ever to tormenting an already agitated badger for the sheer fun of it. Needless to say, we didn't stop to take any pictures of the poor little guy and piss him off more than he already was.

We were excited to find out that the park had lemurs, Astro and Zaboo - who ironically happened to be visiting from the Greater Vancouver Zoo for the summer - but their enclosure was soooooo fenced up that you could barely see them through the mesh of the (triple?) fencing. I guess they were making sure they didn't lose their exotic house guests. [Astro and Zaboo, we'll come out and see you when you're back home on "Lemur Island" at the Greater Vancouver Zoo.]

Despite "Mr. Stupid vs the Badger" and the heat, we were glad we walked through the park. We headed back into Kamloops, picked up some 'supplies' and checked in. We chilled for the rest of the evening anticipating our outing in the morning.

Tranquille Sanitorium . . . .

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