And The River Still Sings is On The Road.

My book tour for And The River Still Sings started at 5.30:am!  I left in the dark, and by the time I got half way to Williams Lake and daylight came, the autumn colours had faded.  That day, the Williams Lake Writers’ Workshop was held.  Sage Birchwater, Donna Milner, Christian Peterson, and myself all gave 1/2 hour presentations about the process of writing.  We had a great exchange of information, a lovely lunch, and a meet and greet session.  All lots of fun.

We were done by mid afternoon and the day was gorgeous so I drove south on Hwy 97 until the shadows were long, then pulled off onto a logging road to camp.  Not quite a frost – the stars were incredible.  I started again in the dark in the morning, then turned onto Hwy 99 just north of Cache Creek to enjoy a break at Marble Canyon.

Pavilion Lake

Pavilion Lake, part of Marble Canyon Provincial Park, contains internationally significant “microbialite” structures, thought to be comparable in some respects to microbial reefs that existed on earth over 500 million years ago.  If you google microbialites, you will see some amazing pictures.  Here is just one of them.

The road to Lillouette goes through sagebrush country.

near Lillouette

It is high above the Fraser River.  (The sun has not yet penetrated the canyon.)

11 fraser river

Clemetis is tangled amongst the shrubs.

12 clemetis

The scenery becomes very dramatic close to Lillouette.

13 approaching LillouetteMy route goes into the canyon behind the ochre bluff.

14 entering mtsThe road gains quite a bit in elevation to cross the mountains.  Near the top, mist was rising from Cayoosh Creek.

15 mist nr Duffy LkDuffy Lake, at the top, was totally socked in at the eastern end, but part way along, a bit of the far shore could be seen.

fog over Duffy Lake

On the far side we broke through into sunshine.

17 over the mts

18 red mtNot far below the pass is a popular hike.  Three lakes run along Joffre Creek – there is a wonderful mountain view at each of them.

1st Joffre Lakes

The water is glacier fed so a gorgeous turquoise colour.

20 1st lake colourBeing not far from Whistler (and less than 3 hours from Vancouver), the trail is groomed for city hikers!

21 super-trailIt is like a freeway!  There are even work signs along it,

22 work signAnd I was amazed to see a little cat with a tiny bucket perched high on a steep part of the trail.

23 little catAfter a steep grind (being a spectacular Sunday, the trail was very crowded: everyone, even old folk, were sailing past me at speed) we reached the second lake.

24 2nd lakeThree women, who were apparently from Russia, performed yoga on a sunken log.

25 2nd lake ogaAfter another steep and quite rough climb, the third lake came into view.

26 top lakeMy face ached from smiling at everyone.  I would say I encountered 200 people at least.  A very different hiking experience from what I am used to!  But it was still well worth doing.

The drive from there to Vancouver was a zoo.  A gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon meant everyone was nose to tail, hurtling along a twisty mountain road at 100 km per hour.

The next day, in North Vancouver, it rained!  I wish I could send some of the rain home. But what a fantastic trip.  What a diverse province we live in!

Tonight I give me first slide show at Capilano library in North Vancouver.







5 thoughts on “And The River Still Sings is On The Road.”

  1. My husband and I attended your lecture and slide show at the Nanaimo Library and once again we enjoyed it and purchased you latest book. We look forward to another book by your Dog. We sure do enjoy your beautiful photograph, most especially of the Chilcotin. And you blog is a joy, we look forward to any new postings.

  2. Your reading event on Weds Oct 15th at Ocean Park Library was so popular and well attended. Thank-you for your beautiful slides and accompanying stories which made the time fly by. Melanie 🙂

  3. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous pictures from your patch of the world. Can almost smell that clean mountain air and feel the cool mist on my face. Also, congrats on your new book launch.

    Just curious, have not noticed any recent mention of your adopted cat, Ruby and wonder if she is still with you.



  4. Oh what a feast for the eyes !! I will go back and visit this post many times.
    Safe travels on the book tour !!

  5. I love your bushwoman perspective – the groomed trail with the caution sign and yoga on a sunken log probably wouldn’t be noticeable at all to city folks 🙂 I always find it remarkable how incredibly easy and fast walking becomes when you don’t have to focus on where to put your feet.
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