Checking out the logging town
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All my job required of me this day was to drive the group to the ghost town and back later in the day. A total of 10 minutes work over the period of 10 hours. Would have loved to go hiking but this was real wilderness area so hining alone would have been stupid. Also most of the trails were just becoming snow free and were still mud coated with unfriendly bears looking for the their Spring meals.
So I decided to check out the closest real town, Quesnel, about a one hour drive away. I grew up just north of Quesnel but I can not remember ever spending any real time in this town. Maybe our family stopped to buy fuel or grab a bit to eat but I doubt I had spent more then 1 hour in this town in any given day.
Quesnel is largely a logging and foresty town that has been hit really hard with the economic downturn. I was expecting to find a quite and empty little town that was waiting for the lumber industry to pick back up. I found a fairly nice community that had a nice park and a nice trail along the Fraser River. For a weekday there were plenty of people around downtown's main streets and it made for a pleasant afternoon of walking around. I even found an Asian graveyard on just off the main highway that connecst this town with the rest of the world.