Archive for June, 2014

Beautiful Banff and British Columbia

June 14, 2014 - 4:51 pm No Comments

 

Young grizzly bear

Young grizzly bear

Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff

Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff

Ice still on Bowe Lake, British Columbia

Ice still on Bowe Lake, British Columbia

Columbia Ice Field, Jasper National Park

Columbia Ice Field, Jasper National Park

Elk on side of road, British Columbia

Elk on side of road, British Columbia

Black bear, British Columbia

Black bear, British Columbia

Baby grizzlies, British Columbia

Baby grizzlies, British Columbia

Near Prince George, British Columbia

Near Prince George, British Columbia

We are having a difficult time finding good wifi.  Every campground advertises it, but it hardly works anywhere.  I’m going to take the pressure off myself by saying I will post when I can. We had a great week in Banff National Park.  Weather is cool, and the scenery is spectacular.   I’ve got some great photos if ever I can download them. We left Banff yesterday morning and spent last night in whistlers Campground near Jasper.   Don and Sandie, you remember we could not get into it in 2010, so we stayed across the highway in the overflow?   Well this time we stayed in Whistler but it didn’t hold a candle to Tunnel Mountain in Banff.  Actually I think the overflow was better! Today we drove to Prince George in British Columbia.   We could not believe how many bears we saw on the sides of the road.   Lots of black bears, and grizzlies as well. We saw two baby grizzly cubs playing on the side of the road. filled up with diesel in Prince George today and the diesel was $5.40 per gallon.  GULP! will post photos when I can.  We will drive to Dawson Creek tomorrow, and Monday morning we start the Alaska Highway. Well as you can see, I figured out how to download the photos from this week.  Will someone let me know if you can click on the photo to enlarge?  And is it straight?  Thanks!

CANADA

June 9, 2014 - 3:16 pm 3 Comments

 

Our rig

Our rig

Oldman River, Alberta, canada

Oldman River, Alberta, canada

Entering Alberta

Entering Alberta

We didn’t sleep well last night due to traffic noise near our campground.   Plus we were antsy because we were crossing the border today.  We had an easy time at the border.   The agent asked where are we from, where are we going, how long will we be in Canada, any firearms, any alcohol, any cash over $10,000 (couldn’t help but chuckle).   Welcome to Canada!

we are meeting people at every stop who are headed to Alaska.  We stop at the visitor center, and the same couple pulls in.   We are all going to Banff this week.  It’s a lot of fun meeting all these folks from everywhere in the USA.

Stopped at a little bank and did a currency exchange.  Today the rate was $1.055 per US dollar so we got $527.50 for $500.  This exchange reminds me of reading Mothers journal when they first went to Alaska.  I can’t remember the exchange rate, but she was positively giddy over the possibility of getting more Canadian money for the US dollar!

We are spending the night in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada this evening.  We enjoy watching all the rigs come in.  Lots of big boys, over 40 feet long!  We are in the Daisy May Campground right on the Oldman River.  Really nice location.  Tomorrow we will head for Banff National Park.

Meandering through Montana

June 8, 2014 - 3:34 pm No Comments
Lost in Montana

Lost in Montana

Lunch spot today

Lunch spot today

Actually we are meandering because we made a wrong turn and added 70 miles to our trip today.   We blinked and missed a turn, and decided to just go on and in a round about way get back on track.   Unfortunately, the track had lots of graded roads, all gravel, for miles and miles.  Actually we haven’t been on any worse roads in Alaska.   But we got to Great Falls around 2:30 pm so all is well.

We are at Dicks RV Park, which is really the jump off campground for those traveling into Canada.  It’s a zoo here today.  There is a 25 rig caravan traveling to Alaska.  Plus the campground is full of folks like us.  No telling how many are going to Alaska.

Just so happens the couple who checked in after us parked next to us, and they are going to Alaska for the first time.  They are from Louisiana.   So I put on my schoolteacher hat and got to work explaining things to them.  They didn’t do much research so they are winging it.

We all stay in Great Falls because we are 100 miles from the Canadian border.  It’s not a good idea to wait late in the day to cross so we should get to the border before noon.   We will drive another 100 miles or so to the Daisy May campground in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada.  We’ll also have to stop somewhere and get our Canadian currency before we get farther up the road.

The only photo today is at our lunch spot of the day, somewhere lost in Montana.

Cody and Yellowstone

June 7, 2014 - 4:16 pm 3 Comments
Hello Yellowstone

Hello Yellowstone

Bison in Yellowstone

Bison in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake

Bison and geyser

Bison and geyser

Lunchtime view Yellowstone

Lunchtime view Yellowstone

SNOW

SNOW

Raging Yellowstone River

Raging Yellowstone River

Elk at Mamouth Springs

Elk at Mamouth Springs

We has such a fun visit with Pam and Werner in Cody!   Their life is so interesting and full of adventure!   They work a couple of days a week at the Shoshone Lodge right outside the gate of Yellowstone, and they are very involved with a biking association, being the coaches for several young boys.  They train them and they ride bikes miles and miles into Yellowstone.  What an adventure! While we visited them, we enjoyed a little shopping, a wine tasting, had lunch out and shopped for groceries.   We enjoyed long talks over the dinner table.  I did laundry.  They have a wonderful home with mountain views that are mesmerizing.  Honestly I don’t know how they get anything done at the house—the views are just beautiful, from all the windows. We left Cody this morning while Werner headed out to pick up the boys for a 40 mile bike ride into the park.  We ran into them a few times and it was interesting to see all their bikes and gear.   We enjoyed the day in Yellowstone.  The temperatures started at 46 degrees, and by the end of the day it was a beautiful 74 degrees.  We enjoyed lunch by the Yellowstone River, we saw bison and elk, and thoroughly enjoyed the day.  We are spending the night in Livingston, Montana and will head toward Great Falls tomorrow.  if all goes well, we should cross the Canadian border on Monday.

Visiting with Pam and Werner

June 5, 2014 - 4:06 pm 1 Comment

imageBig Horn MountainWe drove over Big Horn Mountain today and will spend a couple of nights with Greg’s sister and husband, Pam and Werner.  We love visiting with them, because they are very cool!  They mountain bike, snow ski, etc, and live in Cody Wyoming and enjoy all the beautiful things Yellowstone has to offer.

This will be a short post as I think I can get the photos straight rather than sideways.  let’s see!

 

Wacky Wyoming Weather

June 4, 2014 - 5:25 pm 2 Comments
Wacky Wyoming weather

Wacky Wyoming weather

It occurred to me after a couple of days of posting photos they are sideways.  Don’t know how to fix it, but we are visiting family in Cody tomorrow and he is a computer expert, so hope he can help me turn the photos.  I apologize for the aggravation.

 

We had lots of rain last night and it was a sloppy morning trying to unhook and leave the campground.  The skies cleared as we drove across South Dakota and it was a lovely day.  By the time we crossed into Wyoming, we encountered wacky weather.   There was an ominous black cloud hanging over us, and before we knew it hail was coming down. Fast.  The temperature dropped in a minute from 73 degrees to 63 degrees!!  Then we had rain, then it cleared.   When we were setting up our camp in Buffalo, Wyoming at the Deer Park campground, the wind was howling, I mean high winds!!!  Then we had a rain shower, and now it’s quiet.

i took a photo out the window of the first snow covered mountains we have encountered.  Just beautiful.  We also are parked next to a nice couple, also in a View.  They are from England, but they live in Cyprus, and bought an RV to travel around the USA this summer.  We enjoyed swapping stories about our travels.  We looked at each other’s rigs, and although theirs is newer, we think ours still has the best layout.  We really enjoyed their company.  They are heading out tomorrow for Jackson Hole and the Tetons, and then Yellowstone.

 

Rockin and Rollin across South Dakota

June 3, 2014 - 3:55 pm 1 Comment
Mitchell south dakota

Mitchell south dakota

Perfect rainbow after the storm

Perfect rainbow after the storm

Both ends of the rainbow in Wall South Dakota

Both ends of the rainbow in Wall South Dakota

We spent last night in Mitchell South Dakota in a sweet little campground with lots of trees.  Very quiet night after the wild time at Winnebago yesterday.

We had lots and lots of rain today while driving through South Dakota but there is very menacing weather south of us in Nebraska.   We arrived in Wall, South Dakota around noon and had a buffalo burger at the Wall Drug Cafe.   We are in the Sleepy Hollow campground within walking distance of Wall Drug so we have enjoyed the afternoon strolling around Main Street.

Tomorrow we will continue toward Wyoming.

 

Retirees fun at the Winnebago Plant

June 2, 2014 - 3:42 pm No Comments
Full house at Winnebago

Full house at Winnebago

Telling tall tales

Winnebago service

Winnebago service

We arrived at the Winnebago plant Sunday around 11:00 am, thinking we would be the first ones there.  Winnebago offers a campsite to each rig having a service appointment.   Our appointment was today.   Much to our surprise, there were only 3 sites remaining when we arrived.   So we got set up just in time to listen to tornado warnings all afternoon.  Black ominous clouds filled the skies, and all afternoon we had periods of heavy rain, then total calm, then more rain.   So rather than meeting our neighbors, we were all hunkered down in our rigs.

This morning we all came out of our rigs and got in line at the front door to check in for service.  We enjoyed meeting others enjoying the same travel interests as us.  One couple is also on their way to Alaska so we enjoyed swapping stories, since this is their second trip as well.

Everyone was in a good mood and the service was quite organized.  We were able to be on our way by around 10:00 am.  We arrived in Mitchell, South Dakota for the evening and will be driving across South Dakota tomorrow.  Weather is nice and moderate, but winds are high, which is normal for this time of year.

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