Monday, May 27, 2013

Sea to Sky Highway, BC Canada

Sea to Sky Highway
Highway 99, also known as the Sea to Sky Highway, the Squamish Highway, Route 99, or Whistler Highway, is the major route running through the Vancouver area of British Columbia from the U. S. border, up Howe Sound through the Sea to Sky Country to Lillooet.

Sea to Sky Highway
This is the most scenic highway of the world with as much awe-inspiring scenery. It is a drive with incredible sights at just about every turn. It’s also filled with fun stops, including outdoor destinations, cultural points of interest and historic sites.

Let’s head north from Vancouver on Highway 99 toward Whistler. We will be beginning at sea level and trace a route along the shore of Howe Sound, then this route leads us deep into the Coast Mountains and then climbs through old-growth rainforests before reaching Whistler 2,200 feet above sea level. It may takes about two hours, but with all the scenic stops along the way, it’s easy to make a whole day out of it.

Sea to Sky Highway
Highway 99 is the Sea to Sky Highway, which winds through five distinct bio-geo-climatic zones in the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains region of BC, from coastal rain forest at Horseshoe Bay, through Squamish, Garibaldi Provincial Park, and the Resort town of Whistler.
Highway leaves the scenic area of Vancouver and now we are on the road, at our right is crashing waves of Hove Sound that is a steep-sided (North America’s southernmost fjord), water inlet to Pacific and at our left side is the wall of mountains and occasionally crashing and thundering waterfalls jumping out of the tallest trees of the world. The road and railway running parallel each other for much of the 28 miles (45 km) between Horseshoe Bay and Squamish at the head of the sound.
Along the way are several scenic and cultural points and outlooks. I usually don’t stop at many outlooks because whole area is extremely scenic. One trail from an outlook leads to a huge waterfall but then there are huge waterfalls all over. Some even crash upon the road when snow melts in June.
But let’s make a stop at Shannon Falls Provincial Park.

Sea to Sky Highway
Just south of Squamish is this famous Shannon Falls Provincial Park. The falls are the third highest in BC at 335 meters above the Sea to Sky Highway. As the park is directly accessible from the highway this is an excellent place to stop off, admire the falls and stay for a picnic or enjoy some of the hiking trails, climbing, cycling and wildlife viewing. I stop here because I want my mind to stop here.

Sea to Sky Highway
Let’s find a picnic bench and make a cup of tea. Whenever I am in British Columbia, I always keep tea gear with me. Well sometimes I don’t have tea making gear then I buy a camping mug and some green tea sachets; that is all I need. I scavenge wood under the trees and make a small fire and make tea in the mug that also serves as a cup.

Sea to Sky Highway
Well I believe you also have your mug. If not then we will make tea in my mug and for cup, just any bottle will do the job.

Steam Donkey
Most funny thing that I always go to watch in the park is Steam Donkey.
Steam donkey, or donkey engine is the common nickname for a steam-powered winch, or logging engine widely used in logging operations in the gone era. It was just not limited to logging. It was also found in the mining, maritime, and nearly any other industry that needed a powered winch. (Winch is a thing that pulls a cable)
We had out tea and now let’s walk to the waterfall that we are already feeling its thundering and crashing and falling mist has made us wet anyway. It is not too far and get ready for the splash and more mist wetting.

Sea to Sky Highway
Water is appearing from thousand feet amidst the tall trees. British Columbia has at least 50 types of majestic trees. Thuja is my favorite tree. I make homeopathy remedy from the leaves of this tree. Thuja is one of the most famous Homeopathy remedy. Two other very impressive huge trees here are Black cottonwood and Balsam poplar.
Well, had tea here and visited waterfall and gotten wet. Now let’s hit the road again.

Sea to Sky Highway
It is not the destination that is important, but the journey to there and our destination is a wonder place called Whistler.
So again we are on the road and Howe inlet is now closing up and we can see the fjords at the other sides also. Well I used the ‘fjord’ word in my Alaska posts also but probably I forgot to mention the meaning of fjord.
http://en. wikipedia. org/wiki/Fjord
Geologically, a fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created in a valley carved by glacial activity. The word comes to English from Norwegian, but related words are used in several Scandinavian languages, in many cases to refer to any long narrow body of water other than the more specific meaning it has in English.

Sea to Sky Highway
Both the whole coast of Norway and the island of Greenland have many fjords.
Well, fjord comes to the end and here comes the scenic town of Squamish. From here road begins its climb leaving the Squamish below us. Squamish is the last town in a sense. From here in the north-west lies 1000 kilometers of endless mountains and glaciers extend to Prince Rupert with no road access, no town, no village and no-one. People do visit in these inaccessible mountains and lakes. Seaplanes drop them in some lakes of their choice along with provisions for the duration of their stay also they are given a satellite phone.
We leave behind and below the town of Squamish.

Sea to Sky Highway
Highway is rising and now we are surrounded by snowy peaks at our all sides. Before Whistler I always do camping in the mountains, in the wilderness but today let’s cook our lunch in a day use picnic area in the wilderness. We don’t need a ton of gear to cook out lunch here. Just some firewood and make a fire in the grill box. Then I have two eggplants (baingans) that we will roast on the wood fire. So let’s do it. It takes barely 20 minutes and baingans are now roasted. Let’s peel off the outer burnt shell and add chat masala in the pulp.

Sea to Sky Highway
We will eat this with Pita Bread that we bought from the supermarket in Squamish.
Well we had lunch.
See it was so easy.
Now let’s make a mug-full of tea, one cup for you and one cup for me.
See, without much effort we had food and then superb tea.
All we had a mug, tea sachets, 2 eggplants, pita bread, chat-masala and some salt. Everything fitted in a small plastic bag.
Let’s wash the mug at the thundering waterfall.

Sea to Sky Highway
Be careful, not to get wet. We are in the mountains and it is cold.
It does not require a million dollars to have fun here in Canada.
http://homeoint. org/books/boericmm/t/thuj. htm
Chief manifestation is the formation of wart-like excrescences upon mucous and cutaneous surfaces-fig-warts and condylomata. Has a specific antibacterial action, as in gonorrhœa and vaccination. Suppressed gonorrhœa, salpingitis.
Ill-effects of vaccination. Sycotic pains, i. e, tearing in muscles and joints, worse at rest, better in dry weather, worse damp humid atmosphere; lameness. Complaints from moonlight.

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