A little over two weeks ago, my mother Miles and I embarked on a two-week “end of the summer” trip. The first day, we drove to Field, BC Canada — the long time home of my uncle, aunt, and cousins. We stayed with them two nights, and then, we set off to drive across Canada and the US until we made it to my Nana’s house, in Windsor ON, where we stayed for a week before flying back home.
The first part of our journey, we drove up the West Coast, and up the Rocky Mountains. I’ve done this drive several times in my life. Miles has done it once in his life.
I always know we are approaching my aunt and uncle’s area when the mountains begin to completely surround us, and the highway is carved right from the mountains.
Miles is an experienced and patient traveller. He sleeps and sight-sees from the backseat.
The elk warning signs near my aunt & uncle’s are covered in solar-powered flashing LED lights. I guess the warning is serious!!
Can you spot Field? That is the town my aunt and uncle live in, current population a whopping one-hundred-and-sixty nine.
Downtown Field, BC. Click on the above panorama picture to see a bigger picture. My aunt and uncle own The Siding (yellow roof in picture above). The Siding is a cafe, general store, liquor store, and all around historical part of the area. My uncle has run the siding since I can remember, probably before I was even born.
Bear and other wildlife are not just common sightings in Field, they are a part of life!
Another part of everyday life in Field? Stunning views and hikes. I couldn’t wait to go for a hike when we got there! Miles was thrilled to be set loose with his buddy Lily, my aunt and uncle’s now 12-year-old dog. Miles and Lily hit it off three years ago when they first met.
Can you spot Lily?
Fresh, mountain water. Ahh!
Miles and Lily hanging out at my aunt & uncle’s place, two peas in a pod!
My aunt & uncle’s kitchen window view. Pretty dang spectacular!
The neighborhood/town mascot! We saw him on the street the last time Miles and I visited three years ago!
The morning we left, we stopped by The Siding early to say goodbye to my aunt & uncle, who were busy setting up for the day.
They made us a special tasty breakfast before they opened, and Miles got to join us!
My mother & her brother (and Miles) at the back of the Siding before we left.