I’m getting behind on posting our weekend adventures! I guess that’s a good thing though, because it means we’ve been busy off on more adventures!
We started our trip by driving to Chilliwack, and stopping at Hamel’s Fabrics, a wonderful (and fairly large) quilt shop nestled among farms. The staff were actually friendly (!!) and there were two well stocked floors of fabric in the cute little converted house. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture!
Next up, we headed to their next door neighbour, Smits & Co.w, a cheese farm! We picked up some of their mustard farm cheese (had mustard seeds in it) and was mild and delicious. We also grabbed some of their pepperoni sticks and a loaf of bread as a snack for later.
Here’s the farm store with the bread guy out front –
Next up, we headed back to Highway 1, and our directions said to take Highway 3, then Highway 5. This wasn’t right, we should have just gone with Highway 5, because we had to eventually turn around on Highway 3 and head back to Highway 5. Anyway, shortly after getting onto Highway 3, we came to the Hope Slide area, and stopped at the rest stop for lunch (we packed sandwiches). The scenery was amazing –
Here’s looking further up (east) where Highway 3 runs –
And Stu wondering why I was taking pictures from outside the outhouse (there was a line!) –
It’s so hard to tell the scale from these pictures, but we felt really tiny –
After lunch, we headed further along Highway 3, all the way to the entrance of Manning Park (which actually inspired our adventure the following weekend). Before turning around, we did stop to consult the GPS (well, Stu did, I was busy taking pictures of the stream) –
The water was so clear, but the rocks on the edges of the stream were so slimy looking, it was easy to stay out of it.
Finally, we got back on Highway 5, and it was easy to find the Othello Tunnels/a>>since there is an “Othello” exit on the highway.
The walk into the tunnel area went along a river full of swimmers and frolickers –
But it didn’t take too long to get to the first tunnel –
These tunnels are super dark for the most part, with uneven ground and water dripping from the tops. I got dripped on by what I deemed to be ‘cave slime’, when it was in fact ‘water’.
Here’s one of the non-dark tunnels –
And another one –
And another one –
Between the tunnels, there were open areas with fantastic views of the rushing river –
The water was beautiful –
Actually, the whole thing was beautiful!
Another bridge between tunnels –
And in case you haven’t seen enough tunnel pictures, here’s another one –
After all the tunnels, there is a path that continues on for a while, but we only walked it for a little bit (we were there for the tunnels). We walked back to the car and had some fresh baguette, farm cheese and pepperoni for a snack before hitting the road.
If you’re going to go, bring good footwear (I was wearing flip flops – which was not a good choice) and a flashlight.