“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
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If you have been following my instagram, and noticed that I have mentioned something about a “mini unfortunate event”, well, let me tell you. Our initial plan was to visit the Herrling Island and the Silver Lake Provincial Park on Saturday. These were the two places that my manager suggested and based from Google, these places are like hidden jems! I knew I had to see it! Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a safe place to park so we decided to skip the island and drove another 30 mins to Silver Lake.
Since I didn’t plan our trip properly, we basically relied our trip to our GPS. Everything was going smoothly until we passed a small bridge which led us to a closed gate with a “PARK IS CLOSED” sign. We had three options to take. 1) Make a u-turn back to the main road. 2) Turn left. 3) Turn right. We turned right. Wrong move.
Our GPS weren’t showing any signs of a road and we knew we turned the wrong way. The road wasn’t smooth and the branches made some scratch on the car. So we got off the car, checked our surroundings and then…
DUN DUN DUN!!!
I knew those weren’t mine (my hands are like baby hands, okay!) and Kihan never touched the trunk. I didn’t see anyone before driving to the park so who/how can it be? I still get goosebumps whenever I recall this incident. The hand prints looked very fresh too!!! WHO? WHY? WHAT?!
I didn’t want to think that we weren’t alone so I stayed calm but I do remember panicking and telling Kihan to just drive backwards as soon as possible. I didn’t feel good being stranded on a one way road with a water stream on the right and no place to make a u-turn on the left.
After driving backwards and clearing the road, we were able to find a way to make a u-turn. We headed back to the main road without looking back.
What do you guys think it was? Do you think what I was thinking?! Oh my lord! My parents think it was our hands, but I honestly don’t think so. GOOSEBUMPS.
Anyway, Kihan and I didn’t want to go back to Vancouver without seeing anything so we took the chance and drove another 30-40 minutes to the Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. I learned about the Othello Tunnels from the Hope, BC website and I was very excited to see the bridges and walk across them.
As we arrived the place the sign said that the tunnels were close. DUN DUN DUN. Why do we have such a bad luck?! We were about to head back to our car when we saw a group of people coming in and out the closed gates. So we followed and hoped for a safe tour while we were inside.
ONE WORD: BREATHTAKING
Phew! What an experience! These pictures aren’t enough to justify how beautiful this place is so if you are visiting British Columbia, I highly suggest for you to check this place out! But please go when the park is open. Safety first!