Curiosity takes me to waterfalls and missed ferries
One of the things I am thoroughly enjoying about not working full time is the ability to take a slower route and not stress when things take longer. Why couldn’t I do this before, you might ask? Sadly, I don’t have a good answer, other than I seemed to be operating on high speed all of the time. When driving to Kelowna from Calgary for soccer tournaments, I would typically only have three or four days and would take the fastest route, leaving at 4 am to miss traffic whenever possible. A seven hour drive was long enough! Best advice to my younger self would be to take it easier, but I will do my best to catch up on that now!
Coming back from Kelowna to Calgary this week, we decided to take the back roads from Vernon to Revelstoke, which included two ferries. Inland ferries are free and run frequently. It was a pretty drive through deep valleys with small towns full of character.
No issues with the Needles ferry as it runs every half an hour, so not much time to wait if you miss it. They don’t seem to like locals though as they can’t use the garbage bins :).
The Upper Arrow Lake ferry runs every hour but I didn’t check which side is on the hour (the west) versus the half hour (the east).
Nine minutes too late! All because of a waterfall at the Ione Rest Area. Worth the stop though as it was really pretty! Those who know me can probably imagine my hair expanding in the mist.
Instead of staying and building inukshuks on the beach like many, many others, we decided to drive towards Trout Lake (part of the West Koot Route – love that name) to see what was there (a lake), and also a small, interesting looking village which we didn’t have time to explore unless we wanted to miss another ferry. Apparently it used to be a mining town but is much smaller now. The lake is well known for trout (one species is the largest in the world) and Kokanee salmon. By going all the way to the lake, it gave my partner an excuse to drive really fast on the way back, and we had two minutes to spare. We met an interesting guy on the ferry who had worked on Arrow Lake for five years tagging and studying fish for BC Hydro.
The view from the ferry was gorgeous and I love when the mountains run right into the lake. I’m sure the ferry will be full when I come back to explore more of the West Koot Route in the summer. Enjoy whatever time you can to do something different!!