Thursday, 30 September 2021

The Old Tete Jaune Bridge

    On Tuesday, BC Hydro, the Provincial Electricity Utility, scheduled a power outage to replace some neighborhood power poles, so our house was to be without electricity for 6.5 hours.  We didn’t really want to sit in the house unable to use anything all day, and since my wife needed to go to the Government Agent which is in Valemount, we decided to just take a leisurely drive there.   Since we had no timeline, we decided to take some of the few available backroads to get there, so we could enjoy the Autumn colors.

    Our first deviation from the Highway 16 was taking Blackman Road that went south to the tiny community of Tete Jaune Cache, (locally pronounced “Tee John Cash”) then continuing southward, connecting later to Highway 5 to Valemount.  

    One of the Robson Valley scenes I like the most is the approach to the old Tete Jaune Bridge that crosses the Fraser River.  This old wooden bridge is picturesque by itself, but with the magnificent mountains in the background and the yellow autumn trees to frame the scene, it was a “must stop” for a photo.

    The Fraser River by the bridge is also quite attractive, as it’s opaque-greenish glacier-fed waters are channeled through the rocky outcrops, but I didn’t take a photo of that because I was facing the sun and couldn’t really get a good shot.

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