August 12 and 13, 2007
The terrain changes dramatically as we approach Kamloops. The region is rather arid with much sage and almost treeless hills. Yet there is a real beauty in the valley. The morning of August 13th we gathered at the municipal parking lot downtown to enjoy coffee and donuts while assembling the parade. Korena Douglas (Insight Support Services Inc.) and The Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association provided riders and a horse for me, and the city police provided escort and traffic control. The parade went through the downtown to the city park. Several people spoke of the issues of those with FASD and other disabilities. The media attended and reported on the well attended event. The T-shirts again proved to be an excellent fundraiser. My hat is off to the participants in Kamloops. They made us feel not only welcome but part of the family.
We headed out toward Merritt in hopes of seeing the huge copper mining operation nearby. Unfortunately, the last time I was there was about 25 years ago on business and the distance from Merritt would not permit us to see the operation during business hours. We continued on to Hope, BC.