2017 Aug 9 – Day 6 – Anahim Lake – Beef Trail Bypass and Freedom Road

We continued our geo-cache odyssey under cloudy skies. Our host Tim at the Eagle’s Nest told us at breakfast that the weather is supposed to turn and it was to be sunny and warm today and for the next couple of weeks.  He lied.  We spent the day getting rained on every hour or so.  Nothing really heavy, nor lasting very long, just intermittent wet.  Good thing we had the waterproof jackets.

We drove down Highway 20 towards Bella Coola until we came to the intersection of the Beef Trail Bypass and turned to go to the spot we left off yesterday – cache #34 – and started hopping in and out of the truck every 200-300 meters, checking the backs of trees and rock piles for little containers with a piece of paper we can sign.

There has been so much rain this summer that any low spots in the forest are flooded.  We past this small pine tree grove in a gully that was full of water and all the trees are dying from the saturation.  The colours were pretty though.

IMG_4286 IMG_4287 IMG_4290 IMG_4291Yesterday when we drove down the road back to our hotel and again this morning when we came back up to the waterfall turnoff where we had stopped yesterday, we drove through two sections of the road that were flooded.  One was just a large puddle, but the other has so much water running out of the bush and over the side that it is washing away the gravel road.  About half of it is gone.  We told Tim at the resort about it and he was glad to know as they often send guest up that way to go to the Precipice and Hotnarko Falls.IMG_4292 IMG_4296This cache was hidden at a survey post.  Do Not Disturb.  Too funny.IMG_4300There is quite a lot of this type of  tall multi-pole fencing in the area.

IMG_4311 IMG_4310 IMG_4309This is Highway 20 out of Anahim Lake; the Chilcotin-Bella Coola Highway. Tomorrow we will be driving over 100 km on this road (and geo-caching, of course) before we descend down the 12 km hair-raising mountain side to the Bella Coola Valley and a few more kilometers to the town of Bella Coola for our five night stay.IMG_4307 IMG_4308This is the only wildlife we saw today.  I think it is a small hawk, but not sure.

IMG_4318 IMG_4319Our last cache of the day.  This is quite a large rock with a strip of velcro glued to the underside and a small bison tube attached containing the log.  People are so clever!

IMG_1281 IMG_1282We accomplished all of the geo-cache power trails we set out to do during our stay at Anahim Lakes.  We have 83 of the Freedom Road Series to get tomorrow, plus another dozen or so along the road to Bella Coola.  106 caches today, despite the rain.  As I said to John, “Stubbornness will get it done if nothing else will.”

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