It was forecast to be beautiful in Vancouver – sunny with a high of 25 Deg C (77 F).
But we had heard that Lillooet would get up to 35 Deg C (95 F) – and we LOVE the heat. So we decided to go there for lunch … one of those crazy things that our little plane makes possible.
If one doesn’t want to fly over very high isolated mountains with no place to land in an emergency, then there are two possible routes to Lillooet. We can fly past Harrison and Hope and up the Fraser canyon, or we can take the Pemberton route – which is what we did this day.
We flew up Howe Sound, past Squamish, followed the Cheakamus river valley past Whistler and Black Comb and into the Pemberton valley. Then we took the next valley North, passing over the jaw-dropping-scenic Anderson and Seton lakes before popping out into the Lillooet valley and landing at Lillooet.
Total Flight Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes. Round-trip fuel: $120. The sights and adventure: Priceless!
Photographs don’t even come close to capturing the majesty of the towering coast mountains, or the color and magic of the lakes and rivers and forests and mud flats and waterfalls and ravines and creeks and glaciers and so much more that can be seen along this route. But I feel complelled to try … so here are some photographs that don’t do their subjects justice.
And HEAT We Found
The promised 35 Deg C turned out to be 38 Deg C (100 F) under a clear blue sky.
We landed, parked the plane, and took a $20 taxi ride over the “Bridge of 23 Camels” to the Cayoosh Campground which had access to the waters of the Fraser River and Cayoosh Creek. The river was very high, so the river-trail we were hoping to walk was under water. Zeus, who doesn’t like the heat as much as we do, ran straight into the water and sat down.
The Flight Home
The same spectacular sites, in reverse.
Janine flew the leg out. It was my turn to fly the leg back home. Janine always flies the first leg, because she usually sleeps on the return flight – and we can’t have her doing that while at the controls!
Another wonderful adventure made possible by an airplane.
The original posting date was July 31, 2020.
The original (higher resolution) photos can be found here: Lillooet Splash at Air Time Canada