PCS 2013: Day 8 | Cache Creek, BC to Fort Lewis, Washington | Hell’s Gate

This drive brought us back to very rugged and mountainous terrain. It went from dry, rocky desert to lush green wilderness in a matter of a couple curves. We also made an interesting stop along the way.

In Cache Creek, we stayed at a place called the “Brookside Campground.” It was a nice place, though a little crowded. The sites were close together, and the area was very dusty. I can’t fault the park for that though, as this was a desert region – hot and dry. It couldn’t compare to the last place we stayed , but it was decent. The morning view as we drove away from Cache Creek.

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A wildfire over on the mountain to the east.

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A train tunnel along the side of the Fraser Canyon.

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The fast moving, rough Fraser River.

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One of 7 tunnels the highway passes through in this area.

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And now for our stop! Hell’s Gate is a section of the Fraser River. This area is so dangerous and so violent, that an explorer said it was like facing the gates of Hell. And that is where the name came from. A Tram takes you a thousand feet across the canyon and river to a little tourist spot. Café, coffee shop, museum and more.

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Way. Down. There.

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Bye honey!!!! – He stayed with the pets at the truck.

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Looking down from the tram.

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Standing on this bridge, you could feel the wind coming off the rapids below. It was pretty amazing.

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I could not imagine the horror that this water must have brought to early explorers. We stood here and watched whole, massive trees swirl around, standing on end in this water, like an invisible giant stirring coffee.

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Heading back up in the tram, looking down through the window. This water was 187 feet deep!

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This bridge below, was rebuilt after a high water (you can see the marker there) washed out the original bridge.

The bridge leads across to the other mountain, where a trail leads all the way up to the top. The guy who ran the tram, told us that his aunt use to work there, and each day she would take that hike all the way back to her car. That is serious business there!

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And on down the road we go!

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We crossed over the border at Sumas, and headed south on I-5. Right after we saw the classic Seattle symbol, we were greeted with the nightmare traffic of the area. It took over 3 hours to go only 35 miles.

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We finally made it to Fort Lewis, our stop in Washington, and I saw this beautiful rainbow outside the commissary when I went to get supplies.

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Today we head south into Oregon. Our next exciting part of the trip will be seeing the amazing Redwoods. We can’t wait!

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