...a valley that has a lot of stories to tell. And so we did a little exploring...and leaned a little about the rich past of the area.
We were camped a few miles from the town of Hedley...a famous historic gold mining town.A huge body of gold ore was discovered in 1898 and two mines were established on Nickel Plate Mountain.
We pedaled our bikes into town...now a sleepy little town with 350 residents...where tourism is the only thing left to mine. We could see the remains of the gold mining ventures in the hills behind the town. We visited the general store...and had to smile at the two girls who had a lemonade stand set up on the sidewalk. Of course we stopped...they reminded us so much of our two granddaughters who are always setting up shop. We discovered that throughout the summer months...there are guided tours to the former Mascot Mine site way up the mountain.
We decided to learn a little about that part of British Columbia's history...and signed up for a tour.
Not for the faint of heart...we travelled 45 minutes up the steep mountain on a small tour bus...then walked another kilometer to the platform above the mining camp. Another 598 steps down had us exploring the camp...and learning about life as a gold miner some sixty years ago. It was most interesting! Oh...and then we climbed the 598 steps back to the top and returned the way we arrived. In all...it was a five hour tour...and well worth it. We met tourists from around the province, the USA and some from Germany and Belgium.
On the only sunny day of our getaway...we drove thirty minutes further up the Similkameen Valley to Keremeos. Keremeos is known for it's gauntlet of fruit stands...and we went in search of cherries. We had already finished off twenty pounds...and needed to replenish our supply. How could 8 adults and a few children eat thirty pounds of cherries in three days? We did it!
While in Keremeos...we checked out another historic place...
...the Grist Mill, a flour mill established in the 1870's. Prior to that time...residents needed to travel to Colville, Washington (some 170 miles away) for their flour. Today it is an historical site.
And so we learned a little about days gone by...
...and enjoyed the wild flowers of today.
And that is the rest of the story...of our weekend along the Similkameen River.
Have a great day...