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Jul 29, 2018 - Unexpected stop at Golden Motorworks

I got an early start to the day - 8 AM! I believed this leg was going to be slow going, up and down mountains. I was pleasantly surprised that the hill grades weren't bad at all. But about an hour and a half into the journey, I felt something funny and put the backup camera on. My car was weaving back and forth across the lane! What! I gently slowed to a stop so that the car wouldn't swing so much and found that I was against a barrier on the right side and a passing lane closing in to a single lane on the left. The tow bar broke in half -...

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Jul 20, 2018 - Jasper to Golden

There’s nothing quite as exciting as driving through towering mountains in a thunderstorm. The weather gods threw just about everything at me today – several thunderstorms with rain, wind, hail & even sleet. It was a dramatic trip down the Icefields Parkway & sometimes a bit uncomfortable – I had to pull over when the hail got too heavy. When I got into BC, went down the Kicking Horse Pass then down the 10 Mile Hill, the weather cleared up & it was sunny for the rest of the afternoon. I’m in BC temporarily – I haven’t finished with Alberta...

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Canada 2018

Jun 9, 2018 - Travel to Golden, BC

Traveled 411 miles (drive time 8 hr-10 min) to Golden, BC. Total trip to date 1892 miles and 31 hr-20 min. We are now off the interstate, going on mostly two lane roads and through towns instead of going by them. Kallispell and Whitefish Montana appeared to be significant and prosperous communities. There are a lot of ski resorts and golf courses along the way both in Montana and Southern British Columbia. Crossing the border didn’t take long and was no problem. Travel in BC is slower, but the roads are pretty good. A light rain fell most...

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Jul 29, 2017 - Alpine Club Camp - Sorcerer Lodge

We joined the Alpine Club of Canada - Edmonton Section back in 2000, but it was not until after retirement that we were available to participant in the Section Summer Camp, which usually fell after Duncan was back at work in late August. Lucky for us, this year the camp was upscaled to use a heli-ski hut rather than the more common hike-your-gear-up locations. Being a record-breaking year for forest fires we did have smokey days, but it seemed were were too high for it to be a big issue - so we were stuck with the mosquitos, blackflies and...

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Jun 22, 2017 - Field and Golden; Yoho National Park

From Lake Louise we backtracked a bit to take Highway 1 east through Yoho National Park. The pass is so steep the railroad had to construct a triple tunnel to get the trains up the Big Hill. Now the highway has some summer construction; the cuts are incredible and the views breathtaking. Roger was able to check out the project in progress as we made our way to Golden last night then backtracked to Field today. I was especially interested in the Burgess Shale information. Evidently the Devonian Sea millions of years ago was up to what are...

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Jul 1, 2016 - Day 5 - Golden, BC

Whispering Spruce Campground. Nice campground, lots of trees. It's day 5 and I'm just writing first entry. First 4 days were just eating up miles. GJ to SLC to Dillon,MT and stayed in same campgrounds as last time. It was over 100 in SLC..10 degrees cooler in Dillon. From Dillon we went to Eureka, MT which was our jumping off point to Canada. While in Eureka we had dinner with Wade's sister and brother in law and 2 kids. Nice meal and ate too much. Went by their new house (which is almost finished).Yesterday AM we crossed border which is...

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Alaska...Again 2016

Aug 13, 2015 - So excited to go into Canada!!

My story..We went to the border and showed our passports and after asking us a bunch of questions we had to pull to the side. We had to put the dogs in a wire kennel and stand at the building while a border agent went through our truck and RV. He came back with the fruits I had bought at the fruit stand just before, potatoes, and eggs and dumped them in the garbage. Ok he was embarrassed that he broke the latch on the closet so he let us take in the little wood we had in the truck. We drove to where the KOA was and it was full as was every...

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Summer 2015

Oct 19, 2014 - Day 44

Hey, What a huge day we had today as we left the town of Jasper and continued through Jasper National Park along the Icefields Parkway making our first stop at Athabasca Falls which again just blew us away with not only the massive amount of water going over the falls but the beautiful colour of the water which is the deepest green we have ever seen. Next we continued along the Icefields Parkway, passing several snow capped mountains and a number of roadside waterfalls before arriving at the Columbia Icefields where not only were we greeted...

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Jun 21, 2013 - Albert Canyon (BC) to Golden (BC)

Today finally felt like we were in the middle of the Rockies, with its snow tunnels and spectacular views. I rode with John, Angela and Linda. Our route along Highway 1 started with a long climb, leading to Rogers Pass at 34 km. We then rode in and out of several valleys, some with steep hills. Overall, I estimate that we climbed a cumulative total of about 2 km over the day. We crossed into the Mountain time zone at 61 km. After 90 km, we came down into the Columbia River Valley and were hit with a strong (> 25 km/h) head wind for the last...

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Aug 14, 2012 - Day 112, exploring Golden

Day 112, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 Today we drove a back road on the east side of town called Blaeberry Road. It heads back up into the mountains following the Blaeberry River valley. There is a bridge we were going to cross to the other side of the river to get to Thompson Falls. When we got to the bridge, it was closed because there was no road left on the other side. It was completely washed out by the river. We just continued on the Thompson Falls forest service road which kept getting narrower and rockier. Mountains were all around us,...

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Aug 13, 2012 - Day 111, Yoho N.P. & Lake Louise

Day 111, Monday, August 13, 2012 We passed through two National Parks to get to Golden but just to the east are four more. Jasper, Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay are all adjoining parks along the Rocky Mountains right along the border of British Columbia and Alberta. From Golden, we drove through Yoho and into Banff to get back to Lake Louise, thawed version. Silty, blue-green water, the glacier behind it, flowers all over the hotel grounds, and a zillion people. Except for the color of the water that you can’t see when it is frozen, I think it...

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Aug 12, 2012 - Day 110, on into Golden

Day 110, Sunday, August 12, 2012 I slept so much better with my new sound machine and Rob made me chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast. We left Sicamous and continued on Highway 1 east. We passed the Enchanted Forest. In an old growth forest they have carved out a fairy tale thing with castles and characters. I couldn’t see a lot from the road but it looked really cool. We are following the Eagle River and the railroad tracks through mountain valleys and forests. When we turned a corner, we saw snow capped mountains again headed into the...

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