The Snow-Quihalla

All photos taken on February 5, 2022.

Just before shutting down my laptop the previous evening, I again checked all the weather reports along our route to home and was disturbed to see that 10-15 cm of snow was predicted between Hope and Merrit and that this could affect our drive home. Knowing that forecasts have been wrong before, I kept my mouth shut and crossed my fingers. No use worrying until the morning.

Turns out waiting and not worrying was the way to go. There had been snow, but it was not as bad as predicted.

After escaping Vancouver, going in the opposite direction to the 30 km long Freedom?? Convoy, it was smooth driving all the way to Hope. We made great time and were given some “hope” upon seeing the open notices on the highway sign.

Open is good!
on the Coquihalla at last
our first slow down at the road restoration pinch point
First indication of what weather we may face
Given our delayed departure from Vancouver, the roads had been cleared and snow was melted

At the Great Bear Snowshed – a 280 meter (920 foot) long snow shed near the pass summit. The snow was right down to the highway, but roads were just wet. Good thing I brought the whole jug of washer fluid with me.

A pile of snirt along the road way next to the pristine white conifers

A whole lot of pretty

Road crews keeping the road clear

frozen waterfalls
Skies are starting to clear
Britton Creek Rest Stop
Going downhill

Broken Roads

Down into the Merritt Valley

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

16 thoughts on “The Snow-Quihalla

    1. Better passing through after, instead of during. On a 2 day drive though the passes in February, this can be a challenge. It worked for us this time. Thanks for reading Melanie. Allan

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    1. Haha. Yes, it seems like only yesterday when our snow left, well actually 2 weeks ago. +22 C (72 F) today. But, there is still snow in next week’s forecast. Sigh. Thanks for reading. Allan

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  1. Beautiful pictures along the drive back home. Glad to hear you didn’t get nearly as much snow as the weather forecast was predicting. It looks like driving in the mountains during a snowstorm would be scary.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I used to drive 30,000 km/yr for work and I often found the roads and weather were much better than reported on the radio. We had friends that got stuck in Blue River for 3-4 days during a major winter blizzard. Better to be stuck in a motel, rather than on the road. Thanks for reading. Allan

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