At the end of June we packed up the kids and the car and went on a little mini-break. For as long as I've known Mr Wrath he's wanted to visit Bella Coola. For as long as I've known Mr Wrath I have resisted the notion because I've heard the "highway" is crazy.
This is from a section of the road known as The Hill which leads from the Chilcotin Plateau through the coast mountains to sea level. It's gravel and very steep, but well-maintained. Though I'd have preferred a few more guard rails. Especially at rest stops that most mothers would describe as unrestful:
This was the view from one of the B&Bs we stayed in:
We did some exploring and hiking.
This hike started with a pleasant stroll along a boardwalk but very soon became less civilized and more painful.
We saw some wildlife:
This is taken from the car using the zoom lens. I'm not crazy enough to dawdle when there are bears about. They have big paws, and bigger teeth.
We also encountered a rough-skinned newt. It is the most poisonous amphibian in the Pacific Northwest. We did not know this before we let the kids pick it up.
This was the least deadly creature we saw:
It's a banana slug!
We've been home a week. We're still not completely unpacked.