August 13, 2007
We arrived in Hope after dark. From our van, I called several hotels for a possible complementary room for the FASD Ride and was offered accommodation at the Colonial 900 Motel. It had recently been purchased from the former owner, a retired RCMP officer. The new owner was most gracious and provided a beautiful, well appointed room at no charge.
While on the phone a young woman approached the van, crying. David immediately got out of the van to see what was the problem. She had seen the little horse on the roof of our van and then read the window lettering. She told us she was an alcoholic with two daughters with FAS. Although she worked at fish cleaning, she was homeless and carried all her possessions with her. She thanked us for what we were doing. She wanted to introduce her 16 year-old daughter to David. :-) We talked for some time and then bid farewell. More on this meeting later.
Our stay in Hope was very comfortable, including provision of our dinner by the McDonald's Restaurant.