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Up Anarchist in a 'Tin Lizzie'

by C. W. Holliday

 

(as published in The Valley of Youth.  Caxton Printers, Ltd:  Caldwell, Idaho, 1948, pp. 250-251.)


 

To the east of Osoyoos, where the road to Rossland leaves the Okanagan Valley it climbs by steep grades and sharp curves for something over three thousand feet in a few miles up Anarchist Mountain.  I had never been up this mountain until 1923, and I well remember my first experience of it, for it was in a ‘tin lizzie’.  There is a little garage at Osoyoos, and as I stopped there to fill ’er up the garage man said, “How are you for water?”  I told him she was full.  “Oh, that’s no use,” said he.

I had a two-gallon can full also which I always carried in that arid region, and he assured me that was not enough either, so I rustled an empty five gallon coal-oil can from a little store, filled that also and put my good car, Gwendolen, at the hill, or rather the mountain.  Gwendolen boiled with indignation every few hundred yards and demanded a drink, for all the way up we were ploughing through about ten inches of sandy dust; when we finally, and very belatedly, reached the top she had swallowed and sweated out all the spare water, but I could sense that she had a feeling of satisfaction as of something accomplished when she looked back down at Osoyoos.  You discovered when you started driving a ‘tin lizzie’ in the mountains that the ways of adventure were not done yet.