We were ready now to make the 9 hour drive home – but not without a few stops. The route to and from the famous gold rush town is littered with relics – we discovered a teeny homestead and old abandoned truck along the way.
We were going to get some food and take a driving tour of the colourful village.
It is the only functioning town near Barkerville, which makes it a good place (the ONLY place) to stop and recharge before hitting the old wagon route.
We decided to stop for a bite to eat at a somewhat dumpy looking – but busy restaurant. The food happened to be pretty good too. We knew it would be ok, because it was full of locals.
Our meal was served on an old (dirty) outdoor table, situated in a less than gloriously maintained yard. My chair was broken!
We would go back though, not sure there are many other restaurants in Wells! At least the food was good – and the service friendly.
I get a kind of ‘fever’ whenever exploring a new town. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, I am picturing myself living there. I imagine what kind of business I could open, and where I would live.
I picture myself as a member of the community and try to imagine what my life would have been like, had I ended up there. It has been this way since I can remember.
I am sure this process has something to do with my compulsion for experience – my need to ‘habitually run’. Life is an adventure with endless paths to explore, and if I am not exploring, I am not living.
Had this been 5 or 7 years ago, I may have moved up to Wells with my daughter, just to have the experience.
I grew up in a series of small, dumpy Ontario towns before moving to Toronto by 17, and I still enjoy the idea of life in a small town.
…And, you can own a business/residence in Wells for under 45 thousand dollars! I would imagine it could be a long, hard winter here though.
Something tells me that the locals do what they can to entertain themselves when the tourists are gone, and there are obviously at least a few artistic types around.
I have always felt that it is the determined, artsy people that make a community interesting, and Wells is a brilliant example of this. You need only to explore some of the industrial ‘rig towns’ in Alberta for comparison, to see what I mean.
We were recharged and ready to head out. There were a few legendary stops we still had to make…