So on with the trip! We pulled out our gates at 3:15 on the 22nd of May. It was 22 degree's (centigrade) and sunny. Travelled up highway 1 - the Fraser Canyon, with a stop for a burger in Boston Bar and then on to Goldpan Campsite. This is the same campground we started our 2008 spring trip with.....the difference this year was that it was over 30 degrees when we got there - a bit of a shock to the system! Had to quickly learn how to open the windows in the new camper and to use the 'Fantastic' Fan! Fortunately the sun went behind a mountain fairly early so it cooled off. Another difference was the lack of birds as compared to the previous year, possibly due to the heat....and the level of the river was much lower by comparison as well.
We did see some birds, notably a Western Kingbird, Western Tanager, Wilson's Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Towhee, Red Eye Vireo, Steller's Jay, Robin, Common Merganser (on the river), Brewer's Blackbirds, Raven, and American Crow.
Above is the campsite at Goldpan Provincial Park. Fee $15 Distance driven - 175 km
Next morning we were on the road by 8:15 as we had a long run ahead of us, planning to be at Ten Mile Provincial Park, just north of Quesnel where we had planned to meet friends. Headed north on Highway 1 to Cache Creek and then continued north on Hwy. 97 where we ran into construction off and on the whole way as the road is in the process of being turned into a 4 laner.
Took a slight jog into Chasm Provincial Park, to give the dogs (and us) a bit of a break. The above is a scene of the 'chasm'. Temp. was 14 degrees and sunny.
Reached Ten Mile Provincial Park about 2:30 and had no problem finding where our friends were set up.
The first 'Lifer' of the trip (a bird you've seen for the 1st time ever) was this Northern Water Thrush