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Celebrating Effie's birthday in Quesnel, British Columbia

Visiting my daughter Melinda and her family

all seasons in one day 18 °C

For many years Effie and I visited my daughter Melinda and son-in-law Wayne on Effie's birthday. The last time was in 2006 only seven weeks before her death. But when Melinda suggested that it was time for us to refresh that routine I was very happy to do so.

I flew in to Quesnel on Central Mountain Air on Friday July 20th just as Billy Barker Days were kicking off. Billy Barker discovered gold in what is now Barkerville near Quesnel which is on the Goldrush Trail and on the banks of the mighty Fraser River.

The Cariboo Hotel has a Friday special of a Spud, Mug and Steak so Melinda and I went and after enjoying it we headed for the Rodeo grounds. This was the first day of the rodeo and was it fun. Despite having to park in a muddy field with intermittent showers the packed and thankfully covered grandstand was great and the show with all the usual things like calf roping, wild cow milking and bronco riding was just a perfect start to my long weekend. Saturday we had a bar-b-q at my granddaughter Andrea's and her partner Mike's place even though we had to eat inside thanks to the weather. Then we took my great-granddaughter to the fair/midway set up in a downtown park. Her grandmother Melinda gave Kenzie twenty bucks to spend as she wanted and we had fun especially after the sun appeared. All the rides(Ferris wheel, Merry-go-round and lots more) as well as the games and stands are hauled from one small town to another giving kids and adults a treat. Kenzie stayed with us overnight and a very good time was had by all. She was a delight! Her sister Erika is visiting her father in another town so wasn't around during my visit. Sunday, Effie's birthday, after driving Kenzie home Melinda and I had lunch at the Cariboo Hotel and a lovely walk along the Quesnel River which joins the Fraser right in Quesnel. Due to the spring run-off this river overflows its banks most years covering the nearby road and it was still high and running at a good speed. Then Wayne, Melinda and I enjoyed a peaceful and lovely dinner at home and watched a movie. Monday we just took it easy, joking and enjoying each others company before I caught my flight home. If they'll have me I'll make it an annual event.

Effie's birthday July 22, 2006

Flying to Quesnel and arriving just after the hay around the airport was cut and stacked.

Annual Quesnel Rodeo

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Fun at the fair

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The road signs let you know you are in the north.

Oh, oh, we should have known better than to play with guns......but they are part of life in remote communities.

Almost home!

Posted by douglasw 17:34 Archived in Canada

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