We were able to spend relaxing time together in the middle of BC’s vast natural beauty. Despite a long drive to BC Alberta border (11 hours one way!), everyone enjoyed scenic drive in high spirit. The group drove Highway No. 1 to Kamloops, Golden through Radium Hot Springs to Fairmont Hot Spring. Visited Kimberly, a town with highest altitude in BC, for hiking and natural hot springs, Lussier Hot Springs on next day. We decided to drive Highway No. 3 to Vancouver, which took us through many small towns familier to JC community, Cranbrook, Greenwood, Rossland and Osoyoos. Many Japanese were forced to intern during WWII. Remembering JC communities’ history, their perseverance and effort and hardship they faced, for which next generations of Japanese immigrants are forever grateful.
This trip was my last project as Tonari Gumi staff. I have enjoyed working together with various members and volunteers. I will be continue joining hiking club activities as a volunteer. I would like to thank you for your support and hope to see you at Tonari Gumi.