On the road, the grand spring book tour is off to a rousing start. After negotiating the Coquihalla Highway to Kamloops ("Caution: Winter Driving Conditions"), with a 45 minute stop while a disabled semi was hauled off the highway to let us pass, I descended from the 0 degree Celsius plateau to the 13 degree Thompson Valley. There, in the very warm and pleasant Kamloops Library, was a group of keen readers anxious to hear more about Tom Macrae and Lord Strathcona's Horse. Our wonderful host was Andree Beauchemin, Readers' Advisor. Andree introduced me and provided tea and coffee and a projector, not to mention many insightful questions. A highlight of the evening, for me, was that the first attendees I met were Cliff and Barb. Barb and I graduated from high school together, and I later met her husband Cliff when taking my education training at the University of Victoria.
Here is what the sky over Kamloops looked like when I left there this morning: