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July 8th 2017
Published: July 9th 2017
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Day 3 of the tour – Lillooet to Merritt.

We took Hwy 99 thru to Hwy 97 north of Cache Creek, stopping for an ice cream cone at the Hat Creek Ranch. Another beautiful day with not a cloud in the sky – the air is so dry my skin is starting to shed.

After Cache Creek we were directed to go to Spences Bridge and over to Merritt, but we rebelled and turned off at Ashcroft and took Hwy 97C over to Logan Lake and down to Merritt. It is a good thing that no one followed us that was having heating problems. It was a good climb but the Charger pulled the trailer up it without a hiccup. Well, one small hiccup at the top of the hill, then Earl gave her a little kiss to thank her and she just purred along fine. We saw a bit of game on our travels and when we saw a real healthy looking black bear, I guessed we were near the dump. Just around the corner and we happened upon the local transfer station for garbage and recycle.

Canada Day 150 celebrations were in Merritt. We looked quite smart, all of us in our red shirts and our cars decked out with Canadian flags. We enjoyed the music at the park, for most of the bands. The local car club served us a baked potato with chilli and all the trimmings. We stayed for the fireworks which were quite spectacular for a small town.

Day 4 of the tour - Merritt to Osoyoos

We started the day off with a breakfast in a bag at the campground, served by the Merritt Car Club (and Bill and Earl and Shirley.) We travelled via Aspen Grove to Princeton and enjoyed seeing the many lakes and pretty countryside. From Princeton we carried on to a stop at the museum in Hedley for cookies and cakes and then into the Okanagan with several of our group stopping at the fruit and vegetable stands. We camped at NK’Mip campground, a beautiful location on the lake with lovely gardens with cacti blooming and lots of shrubs and some trees for shade. Although the lake was high and afforded very little beach, we were in the water for a swim as soon as we got there. There was not a cloud in the sky.

We were pleasantly surprised when Shelinda and Lis showed up for a visit.

Day 5 of the tour – Osoyoos

We started the day off with a continental breakfast at the campground. Several people went on wine tours. Some of our group went picking cherries. We went to town to pick up some supplies and parts, did some laundry and spent some time at the lake, but mostly we have been visiting and catching up with other coasters. I tried to spend some time doing this blog, but visiting with everyone took precedence. That evening we had potluck dessert and caught up on the news of Coasters that have had difficulties. Some Coasters caught up with us here after having mechanical delays. Our car has been running really well but we are having trouble with the brakes on the trailer so will get them fixed in Trail.


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