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Aug 11, 2009 - day 44

Day 44 I got up early at the campground in Canmore and took advantage of the shower. It was a pretty good sleep. My air mattres has sprung a leak but there is enough air in it in the morning that it doesn’t disturb me. I went into town and found the Starbucks. I skyped Marla and posted my blogs and then called Dustin. We had breakfast at a charming place up on the hill overlooking the valley. I spent about two hours with him talking about the trip and all of the opportunities available to young people with the desire for adventure and the...

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Off to Alaska

Aug 1, 2009 - Winnipeg, Medicine Hat

A twelve hour and ten hour driving days in mostly sunny weather. A couple of rain storms in Ontario and Winnipeg were the worst of it. Really enjoying Stewart McLean on CBC Radio when we can get radio reception. We're working through our playlists on our ipods, and the boys have watched a couple of movies on my laptop. It is entertaining for me to hear them in the back seat giggling and laughing while watching Step Brothers. The trip odometer is over 13,000 kms. We have appreciated gaining back 4 hours as we head back to B.C. Had a great...

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Jul 7, 2009 - On the road . . .

Day ONE: Tuesday we left Water Valley at about 8:15 a.m. and headed to the Wildhorse US Border Crossing just south of Cypress Hills. It was quite a long, (boring) ride, but had we gone through Lethbridge, we may have run into rain. We arrived at Havre (pronounced Haver),Montana at about 4:30 p.m. A total distance of 634 kms. We checked into the Best Western, and shed our five layers of clothing and went for a nice cold beer (or two) and a bite to eat. Day TWO: Wednesday, once we had our morning latte , we went on the Havre Beneath the...

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Aug 12, 2008 - Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta

We may be out of Alaska, but we are still seeing great wildlife and beautiful scenery. We love being in Canada, and while it is VERY hot here compared to what we enjoyed in Alaska (72 degrees here!!) we are still having a good time. The lowest temperature we experienced on our trip was 33 degrees in interior Alaska one summer morning. We went through Jasper National Park and Banff National Park in Canada and they were amazing. Today we drove through Calgary which looks a lot like Oklahoma. We camped in Medicine Hat, Alberta. There was a...

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Jul 7, 2008 - Regina to Medicine Hat

Sunday July 6 was spent at the gift opening that took place at Tanya’s and Kevin’s house in Balgonie. The weather was great as we all gathered outside for a BBQ and the gift opening. On Monday July 7 we proceed to head back to Calgary, driving as far as Medicine Hat for the day. It was quite a drive as we experienced strong westerly winds gusting to 60 kilometres per hour to about the Alberta border. We did arrive safe using a little more fuel than normal. Overall we were impressed with the way the 5er and our tow vehicle handled the strong...

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Summer 2008

May 8, 2008 - Starting Out

Our first change of plans :-) The weather reports are not sounding good for Calgary area... Already snowing in Banff and snowfall for Calgary area is on the way making the roads treacherous according to the weather man :-( so we will be leaving within the hour and heading the south -- Lethbridge route -- and hopefully avoiding any white stuff !! still hope to be in Kelowna Sat (or Sunday?)

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Alaska Trip 2008

Oct 31, 2007 - Medicine Hat, Alberta

Wednesday October 31...8:20pm Well we had a good sleep last night, but we found out that if you leave the furnace running on the lowest setting for the whole night, the battery doesn't last as long as the night does! So around 3am I got up and turned the furnace fan off so it didn't completely drain the battery. These motorhome furnaces have a lot of safety switches and things built in...one is that if the fan speed runs too low because the battery is getting low, the burner just won't light. But there is nothing to stop the fan from...

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Aug 11, 2007 - Back to Canada

The drive North of Helena on Interstate 15 was very scenic. We saw many rugged canyons and rocky outcrops, hay meadows and pastures, nice ranch homes and the Missouri River winding along with frequent fishers, rafters, and kayakers enjoying the beautiful morning. I snapped a few pictures as we drove to try to capture some of the beauty As we proceeded North, we saw huge wheat fields being combined, then got to where the combining was already finished. The road straightened out and flattened out to the point where Fran was comfortable having...

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Jul 22, 2007 - Medicine Hat, Alberta

Yesterday was probably the worst campground we have had so far. We were pretty much just in a gravel pit. Our RV tires sank into the gravel of the site about a foot. To be fair they gave us a reduced rate because they said it was a new area still under construction. We had full hookups, but not trees, no view, no ambience at all. We left, drove back through Drumheller and out to see the hoodoos. These are pillars in layers of different kinds of rock, some softer than others and therefore more readily eroded. On top is a layer of harder...

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Jun 30, 2007 - A Change of Plans

We are heading back to Saskatchewan today so I can have a biopsy of the lump above my collar bone. The lump was discovered during my annual physical the week before leaving on this grand adventure. I had an ultrasound while we were in Moose Jaw which indicated it was a lymph node with no evidence of malignancy and we thought it was okay to proceed with our trip. However, my (nurse) sister, Betty, has been speaking with some of the doctors at University Hospital and it seems that a biopsy is strongly recommended. She has arranged for a...

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Jul 13, 2006 - Medicine Hat

Back to Alberta. Made a stop at the Frank Slide interpretive center which offered a lot of information on the history of the area and the slide in particular. Made our way to Gas Town (i.e. Medicine Hat) where we had a very pleasant stop in the municipal campsite.

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