Stephen's Summer of 2005

A personal and experimental blog about my summer travels in 2005

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Location: Yellowknife, NWT, Canada

I live, work and play in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Towards the Coast

Another late morning start after a night's observing! The weather has been beautiful, sunny and in the mid-30's. With no set destination in mind, i start for Chilliwack in the BC lower mainland. Driving into Osoyoos i stop at the top of the mountain, where highway #3 descends into the valley, to look at the developments there. Jack Newton and his wife set up an astronomy B&B in 2000. Now several other private houses / cabins for observing have been established as well.

En route i visited the
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) near Okanagan Falls. This was my first visit to the observatory and was treated to a very enthusiastic and complete tour by staff member, Wendell Shuster. DRAO operates several programs at the site, including the very successful Canadian Galactic Plane Survey (CGPS) which is studying the interstellar medium in our galaxy.

I finished my trip for the day in Chilliwack with the intention of reaching the Sunshine Coast tomorrow.