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We loved this lodge Visitor's Center in Williams Lake, B.C.

We crossed 12,000 miles on our trip today- during 10.5 hours of mostly driving from Ten Mile Lake Campground near Quesnel to Whistler, B.C.

We took the scenic "Sea to Sky Highway" here- we've been on the "Road to the Sun" and "Top-of-the-World" highways already, so this one was a pleasant-sounding addition.  It was beautiful, but rainy.  The 15% grades were slow, but Ciao did fine.  Usually a steep grade is up to about 8%, so these required both gearing down and braking. 

Whistler has but one campground and in spite of the price ($57), we took it.  We want time to explore in the morning before heading to Vancouver.

We loved this lodge Visitor's Center in Williams Lake, B.C.
  The 2010 Olympics are slated to be here!  There are so many options in this resort town that we cannot possibly brush but the surface, but we'll know if we want to return in the future.

Williams Lake has a fabulous "Tourism Discovery" Visitor's Center unlike any we've seen.  http://www.visitcariboo.com/About_Us/Tourism_Discovery_Centre  It was an amazing log lodge built by reknown log builders from the area and featured another log cabin within it.  

The big pole spanning 3 floors in the center of the lodge had the roots still attached, the stairs were beatuiful wood, and cross-beams were carved into wild animal figures.  The movie was extremely convincing, professionally showcasing the adventures available by local folks.

We loved this lodge Visitor's Center in Williams Lake, B.C.
  We were entranced and really wished we could stay in that town.  The kids and I agreed that we want a warm, golden lodge like that for our next house! :)  (Pictures below)

In the smaller cabin, they had big leather furniture, a stone fireplace, and a movie.  But the movie had a special effects where the narrator appeared lifesize in a doorway, things on the wall would be bathed in light as they were mentioned in the movie, stars of light would shine on the ceiling, and the fireplace would appear to light and brighten the room.  It was extremely cool!  

Our "RV 2: We're Living It!" movie scriipt will definitely include a bank representative presenting the RV'ers with a Visa debit card from "Block of America."  Flash forward to the RV'ers in foreign countries, on weekends, without cell phone or internet service (the more desolate, the funnier), and low on foreign cash.

We loved this lodge Visitor's Center in Williams Lake, B.C.
  Then the bank will randomly put blocks on their card when they buy expensive gas!  <snicker!>  The bank's "unblocking" department will only work short hours, on weekdays, and will allow only the cardholder in the foreign country (not another authorized account holder who has communication tools) to initiate a temporary and random unblock.  Hilarious, huh!?

We stopped at a fruit stand in the Okanagan region of B.C.  www.okanagan.com/  Instead of states, Canada has provinces.  Then within each province are regions.  The Okanagan region is known for it's lush agriculture crop and enviable fruit, vegetables, and vineyards.  I must find some of that wine!  But we did get blueberries, corn on the cobb, pears, peaches, and apples.  We bought honey from the Cariboo region at the Williams Lake Visitor's Center.

We're thrilled that Ned has a flight scheduled for later in the week as we cannot wait to see him!  His originally scheduled Anchorage trip for tomorrow had to be cancelled when our ferry schedule interfered, but now we are on track to catch him in the States.  Whoo-hoo!

  

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