Good day for a road trip! Warm and sunny in Lillooet, if a tad breezy. Good wildlife day too – two bears, a marmot, eagles, ospreys, an otter, and as close a deer encounter as I ever want on a highway.
About 9 years ago, we did a one-day road trip with my sister, driving north to Whistler, then on to Pemberton, Lillooet, and back home via the Fraser Canyon and Highway 1. That was a long day, and a lot of time sitting on our bums, so I decided to make it into a 2-day road trip and tried it out last year with a friend of ours (on which I took this photo and this photo).
I couldn’t resist repeating it with my brother and his fiancée to show them a bit of our scenic backyard. This time we did it in reverse, heading east and then north, following the Fraser River to its confluence with the Thompson in Lytton. The conditions were perfect as we pulled into the viewpoint overlooking a lovely green Seton Lake, complete with picturesque cloud shadows.
After checking out the Instagram-famous view of the hairpin bend on the Duffey Lake road, we continued on to Pemberton, pausing for a couple of roadside bear encounters, and a stop at lower Joffre Lake to admire the scenery. The day was finished off perfectly with dinner at Mile One 🙂
The deer encounter was a little scary. I spotted the deer at the roadside, and naturally slowed down a little, at which point it got spooked and darted across the road in front of us. I braked as hard as I could, and thankfully we all got away unscathed, if a little shaken. Perhaps the most shaken was the driver behind us who’d been tailgating a bit too close for my liking for the past few kilometres. Needless to say, they backed off a bit after that…