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We left at 10 AM this morning. Took our lunch break in Hope. It's hot here! Even the breeze from the valley was hot. Summer has definitely arrived. Then we went north by taking the beautiful Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) to Kamloops where Hwy 5 merges with TransCanada Highway.
Even though Thompson River flows right through, Kamloops area is arid, almost desert like. A few years ago, fire destroyed a large part of the forests nearby. Four years ago, we overnighted in town on our way to Minnestoa. This time, we wanted to push ahead a little bit to Salmon Arms. We located a campground in a provincial park, but it has "no vacancy" sign at the entrance. As it was getting late, we didn't bother to enter to make double sure. Instead, we went back to the main road and enter the first lodge we saw on the roadside. "ViewPoint Lodge" was owned and managed by a Swiss couple. "Yes, we have camping sites. You are the only tenter tonight!"
This camping ground is well kept and spacious. Din-sue quickly set up the new tent and we quickly turned in after a simple supper. Then the problem appeared--the stream of noises from the traffic on the highway and the rail nearby was impossible to ignore. We managed to get whatever sleep we could through the night. At daybreak, Din-sue promptly got ready to survey the place to try to snap some pictures. He soon came back, excited. "This place is called View Point for a reason. Higher up, there is a good view of the Lake!"
With this good feeling and good spirit, we set out, destination, Banff National Park.