Even though we enjoyed our time in Revelstoke, we were ready to leave. The rain made the campground very dirty and muddy; it’s in bad need of maintenance, drainage improvement, and tree trimming. Joe did all the dirty work outside getting us unhooked from the utils and getting the Jeep hooked up. We did our light and roll check and headed out of there.
Between Revelstoke and Golden lie the Selkirk mountain range and two national parks. The Trans Canada Highway (TCH) skirts the southern edge of Mt. Revelstoke NP and runs right through Glacier NP and Rogers Pass. This section of the TCH was completed in 1962 and was the site for the official opening of the highway.
From Golden, we climbed up the Kicking Horse River and entered Yoho National Park then across the Continental Divide and into Lake Louise. Not bad for 145 miles of driving; three National Parks, two Provinces, several mountain ranges, and river crossings. Of course, all that mountain scenery and elevation change gave us a whopping 6.1 miles / gallon fuel economy for the day; we wouldn't want to do that drive everyday.
We had a reservation at Lake Louise for 5 nights and the campground is really nice, 30 amp electric, no water or sewer, but a clear shot for the satellite, and a drop-dead gorgeous view of the surrounding mountains and river. Before heading to the campground, we fueled up the motor home…equivalent of $4.90 / gallon for diesel....teach us to whine about the cost of fuel in the U.S.
The Bow River is just beyond our site, and it’s amazing how swelled and swift it's running, I wouldn't want to fall in, and there’s still lots of snow melt to come. We’re looking at temperatures down in the 30’s over the next few nights and, while cold temps and rain aren’t the best combination for sightseeing, we sympathize with all the people suffering the extreme heat and humidity in other parts of the world. We can tolerate a little rain and cold for a few days.
We headed back into the village to grab a bite for supper and fuel up the Jeep. Fuel is cheaper in Alberta than it was in BC and every little savings helps. Then we went to the Village Market and picked up some salad makings and fruit which will carry us until we get to Edmonton and we can do some serious grocery shopping.
We were out walking Foxy and had a pleasant surprise; there’s an Adventure Caravan in the park, headed to Alaska, and to our surprise the wagon masters are none other than Dan & Carol, the wagon masters from our Baja trip earlier this year……small world. We had a great chat with them until the rain chased us all back to our rigs.
Tomorrow looks like a down day if the weather forecast is correct so we'll use the time to catch up on chores while we wait out the rain. Stay tuned.