I've just learned that one of my favourite truck stops had burned down several weeks ago.http://globalnews.ca/news/2313757/skyline-truck-stop-in-malakwa-ablaze/
I remember the old building, an old service station that was converted to a restaurant, call it rustic, with with concrete floors, heavy and sturdy wooden chairs and tables, a wood fired stove for heat, not much to look at but functional, and a breakfast that would keep you smiling all day long.
I would often pull in during the middle of the night and sleep like a baby, the smell of the forest, the clean mountain air, the silence, absolute bliss to a tired trucker in need of peace and quiet, most notably when it was cool and raining, which seemed to enhance my state of relaxation.
I recall waking up a couple times and walking to the river nearby to get a bit of exercise and some rain on my face in the mountain air before breakfast, then ordering a mushroom and cheese omelet that came with this big pile of home fries, country bacon, texas toast, and 3 or 4 slices of tomato.
They must have used 4 extra large eggs, it was huge as most omelet's go, the mushrooms were fresh and they didn't skimp on the portions, the bacon was excellent, I truly felt satisfied when I moseyed back out to the truck to start the day.
Aside from my fond memories, this place had a colourful history and is situated near Craigellachie BC.
In it's early days, before it became a truck stop, there used to be cabins on the back of the property where lonely men would go to meet not so lonely women, for a fee of course, way back when it was a happening place out in the middle of the wilderness.
"Goodbye Old Friend."https://firstname.lastname@example.org,-118.6936922,3a,75y,331.42h,77.8t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s3_dvVaprOVADpHjroqPSsw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656