When Road Scholar canceled our under-subscribed fall tour that featured kayaking with Orcas in Johnstone Strait, we transferred to #21819RJ Wildlife of British Columbia: Orcas, Grizzlies and Ancient Forests. It traversed the same territory, but without kayaks. It started a week later than the canceled tour for which we had already reserved lodging, so we added nights at each of our motels and planned other activities along the way. When we realized that our route would take us through eclipse totality in Idaho, we decided to take off a day earlier to observe it.
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The Uinta uplift moved mesozoic (Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous) sedimentary beds above the valley floor near Dinosaur National Monument.

Since we had previously explored this area on our many white-water rafting trips down the Yampa River, we simply paused to refresh memories. Precambrian sedimentary beds provide some of the color from which Flaming Gorge gets its name. [click]

The view into Flaming Gorge Reservoir is stunning! [click]

We so enjoyed Pruit-Stewart's Letters of a Woman Homesteader, that we drove by Burntfork, Wyoming to see the lay of the land and the environs in which her stories took place. Heartland!

Quaternary Travertine has built up at Soda Springs, ID. [click]

The Soda Springs geyser was accidentally created by drilling for hot water. It is CO2 driven and on a timer--erupting more reliably than Old Faithful!

Geologic forces have rearranged much of Earth's crust in this part of the world. [click]

The next day, 8/21/2017 ~10:00, we pulled off US 93 near Chilly, ID, to view the eclipse. Despite smoke from regional wild fires, we had a fine view. Most surprising: the air temperature dropped 12-15°F in the umbra! [click]

Totality--in the umbra. [click-for images of 2012 ABQ annular eclipse]

Our routes (PR 93, PR 95) to Golden took us along the verdant Columbia River Valley and the Rocky Mountain Trench.

Outside Golden, we drove by hoodoos in volcanic tufa. [click]

Golden takes pride in the longest covered timber-frame bridge in Canada. The pedestrian bridge spans the Kicking Horse River. [click]

Next stop: Yoho National Park. We went to see Burgess Shale Fossils and to hike among waterfalls and lakes in the Park.

Takakkaw Falls is fed by melt waters from the Waputik Ice Field. [click]

Streams have a grey-green color from flour-grain sized sediments in glacial till. [click]

A 250 Kg slab of Burgess Shale and Cambrian fossil samples can be viewed at the Field Visitors' Centre[click]

Fossilized critters in the shales include Bathyuriscus (trilobites) and Sidaneyia. [click]

The taxidermy mounts in the Visitors' Centre included this young wolverine, found in a frozen waterfall.

Hmmm. How did Emerald Lake get its name? [click]

The glacial-silt laden Kicking Horse River cut a tunnel through limestones to create this natural bridge. Hikers provided scale.

Another day, another adventure: take the Kicking Horse Resort Gondola up to alpine hikes above Golden! [click]

Kicking Horse Resort opens mountain-bike trails to add riders looking for downhill thrills. [click]

Our hikes took us away from a noisy, crowded summit into cool high-altitude air that was wonderful! View: west toward Glacier National Park. [click]

A nice feature of the Canadian Rockies is that their layers of sedimentary rocks are still extant. [click]

All the hiking called for refreshment at Whitetooth Brewing! [click]

We bade fond adieu to Golden, and took the Trans Canada (1) through wildfire smoke toward Revelstoke and Kamloops. [click]

Scenery on Rogers Pass sans smoke! [click]

Revelstoke has a fine Railway Museum! [click]

In addition to restored cars (and their amenities such as the loo above), it covers contributions of diverse workers in constructing and running the Canadian Pacific. [click]

View from Kamloops' Grandview Motel toward downtown and the Thompson River. [click]

Kamloops' Riverside Park is a delight for walks, activities and scenery! [click]

These wildlife encounters brought to you by The Kamloops Museum and Archive. [click]

A stream runs through Eocene Andesite. [click]

Old Kamloops Courthouse Arts and Culture Building. [click]

Westward Ho--on to Whistler on PH 99! [click]

View across Duffey Lake toward 102-85 MYA granite-intruded schist of the Bridge River Terrane. [click]

Glaciated Coast Belt mountains along PH 99. [click]

We caught a ride up on the Whistler Lift, for bicycles and hikers in the off-ski season! [click]

After a loop hike at the top of Whistler Mountain, we took the Peak 2 Peak gondola to Blackcomb Mountain. It has the world's longest freespan between towers (3.03 km). [click]

The view west from Peak 2 Peak. The glacier-carved U valley has eroded to a V by stream flow. [click]

Our walkabout on Blackcomb gave us an appreciation of the extent of the ski resort--largest in North America. [click]

After returning to Whistler Mountain on Peak 2 Peak, we took a chair lift the Top of the World Summit (7160 ft.) for another hike and a cold brew. [click]

East view from above the Top of the World Summit. [click]

Whee! The chair ride down from Top of the World! [click]

Helmeted bicyclists with knee and elbow pads unload to grab bikes for the fast ride down. [click]

Next stop, over the bridge in Vancouver, BC to connect with the Road Scholar Tour. [click]

On to Road Scholar part of tour.

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