Highway 3 sets off from the town of Hope like a continuously twisting snake as it makes its way up to the Crowsnest Pass. The first sight of the journey is the pile of rocks that marks the Hope Slide, which is followed by a winding road that circles through the forest of Manning Park. The towns that are sparsely dotted along the route are counted by passengers eager to get back into the land of radio signals and cellular connections to the world. First Nation's names are spliced together with their colonial counter parts: Princeton, Keremeos, Osoyoos.
As it was a second marriage for both Peter and Andrea, they chose to have a small affair, with their children playing key roles in the ceremony. In the melting heat on a patio at the Nk'mip winery we shared in their special day.
From Osoyoos we continued east to Brad's homeland of Castlegar. It is located in the thick of Doukhobor country. Brad has been introducing Nikolai to his cultural heritage and retelling his Papa's childhood memories.
Doukhobor museum, the Brilliant Suspension Bridge and his Baba and Deda in their natural environment. He has had a first hand witness to the importance of growing your own food as a means to a peaceful way of life and the power of community to create magnificent things.
Perhaps the most pertinent lesson was an edict that Brad read to him at the museum. "To this day, Doukhobor children are not allowed to play with guns or other violent toys." Perhaps now Nikolai won't be so quick to declare "but I believe in guns" when we take them out of his playmobil toy sets.
Tomorrow we head back to the coast on a different route... and when we finally get home I will add some photos to this post.
And here are a few more photos of the fun that we had...
at Peter's wedding,