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Nov 9, 2013 - Road trip

Alright! I get it. I can't do maths. There are now 117002 people in Kelowna. I knew it wasn't right but couldn't think about it. It's a great place. Our road trip is going great. Fishing in the rivers have produced a few fish. Easy to catch and quite a size. Canada is a truly beautiful place. We are lucky to be able to see it and travel across this lovely land. Went out for dinner and the waiter spent 6months in Australia in Melbourne. When questioned he said well I wasn't actually in Melbourne I was in Frankston. We just cracked up. Will...

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Oct 1, 2013 - Back to Stanley

We made a quick trip back to the Stanley Glacier to pick up the pika hair snares that were set up on an outing in late August. It felt like winter in the Stanley Glacier valley with light snow flurries and a good accumulation on the ground as we got higher. It made finding the sites a bit difficult and the footing was more than a little treacherous as we climbed around on snow covered rock piles. But we found all 4, dug them out of the snow and made it back without twisting any ankles. A brisk but beautiful day in the mountains.

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Jul 27, 2012 - Water and Ice at Stanley Glacier

Alicia and Phil joined us on a hike into the Stanley Glacier today. It is an easy hike to the end of the maintained trail but our goal was to head up the scree to get close to the waterfalls and then go right to the foot of the glacier and touch the ice. Luckily there was still some snow beside the glacier because it was a lot steeper than it looked from down below and walking up the scree would have been impossible. But boot kicking up the snow worked great and we were able to get up close and personal with Stanley before some clouds moved...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Kootenay National Park

Rueckblickend vielleicht der abwechslungsreichste Nationalpark, erreichbar ueber eine weiteere Traumstrasse ab Banff. Nebst dem Punkt der Kontinentalteilung, wo sich die nordamerikanische und europaeische Kontinentalplatte auseinander bewegen, und -aehnlich der europaeischen Wasserscheide am Bernina Pass- ab hier die Fluesse entweder ost- oder westwaerts fliessen, beeindruckte uns die abwechslungsreiche Landschaft und die sie beherbergende Tierwelt. Wir sahen die nachwehen eines 2003 gewueteten Waldbrandes, tief gefurchte Gletscherfluesse,...

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Nov 12, 2010 - Road trip to The Kootenays

Road trip was great! Jared's friend Laurel was so kind to take us on a road trip. We went to Osoyoos first, which is a small town right on the US border. We visited a couple of wineries for tasting along the way, and I have discovered I like red - Shiraz (or Syrrah as they call it here). Laurel kindly shared a night's accommodation she won in a 5 star resort with us - Nk'mip. Jared pronounced this Nukmip and was told by one of the native indians at the resort that the 'chief' wouldn't be impressed with his pronunciation...apparently you say...

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Jul 10, 2010 - Kootenay National Park

Well today was a really late start!! Darwin was up early but Linda stayed in bed a little longer. We had a nice breakfast and then loaded up and headed out about 10:00a.m. Our destination is Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia. Yes we crossed over from Alberta to British Columbia. We started our trip in British Columbia also. Along the road we made a few stops. Our first stop was Marble Canyon. This was about an hour hike through the burned out forest. There was a lightning fire started in 2003. It reminded us of the Yellowstone fire...

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Trip To Canada

Jun 11, 2010 - Kootenay National Park

Today was our day to explore the area. We are staying in the town of Radium Hot Springs, but it is right at the doorstep of Kootenay National Park, in the Canadian Rockies. Everywhere you look the scenery is breathtaking - the mountains still have a lot of snow on them. This morning it is very cloudy with intermitent rain, but we can't let that stop us. We exchanged some money today and got a little more for our dollar, which is great since things are a lot more expensive in Canada. Gas for instance is 99 cents per liter, there are 3.78...

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North to Alaska-2010

Jun 10, 2010 - On to Canada

We left the RV Park about 7:15, anxious to get started on our adventure. We drove through northern Idaho, there are very few towns and people up that way. Mostly forests and rivers and lakes. Very beautiful, but very isolated. We arrived at the Canadian border about 10:15. We were stopped at the US border and asked a few questions. They had a truck with this big arm extended over the drivway. We were told to drive under at a walker's pace and they were scanning our RV?? Don't know what they were looking for, but I guess we didn't have any...

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North to Alaska-2010

Aug 16, 2008 - The other part of Kootenay National Park

After saying goodbye to Kevin, Linda and Laura we had a few days sorting ourselves before getting back on the road. As we were so close we decided to explore the northern part of Kootenay National Park. Our first stop was at the Continental Divide and the Fireweed Trail. The Continental Divide is the dividing line between the Pacific and Atlantic watersheds. On one side the water flows to the Pacific and on the other side it flows to the Atlantic. The place was also the dividing point between Alberta and British Columbia. Also in this area...

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Jul 25, 2008 - Exploring Kootenay National Park

Today we drove along Highway 95 which runs along the side of the Columbia River Wetlands. The extent of these wetlands is such, we were informed, that they could be seen from outer space. They are known as the “Serengeties” of North America, the wetlands are the migratory home to over 265 species of birds. After a short break at Radium Hot Springs (a little bit of a nowhere place) we drove into the Kootenay National Park. The road through the park was the first motor road to cross the Canadian Rockies in 1922. As you enter the park you...

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Jul 10, 2006 - Final day in Lake Louise

The weather last night turn bad and there was a thunderstorm and rain. This morning it was still a little wet. I went up to the 'Ten Peaks Centre" and had the HI deal of breakfast and a gondola ride. By the time I went in the gondola the clouds had cleared and the views lovely. You could see the chateaux at Lake Louise and it looked just like the brochures. Fairy tale. In the afternoon I went up to Marion Lake which is the bluest water I think you would find anywhere. It is hard to believe it is water and not a painting. Due to the small...

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Sep 17, 2004 - Yoho to Bamff

Okay the dot is much better positioned than the one before. Today was a bit simpler than yesterday. We got up and went for a long hike of 12 km. This was from the hostel to Emerald lake which looks the colour of a swimming pool - it's lovely. The hike was quite good, we beat our tour leaders expected time for us by 1 hour and 20 mins so pretty fast going, though the first km was sheer climb and took us about 45 minutes - we thought we were going to die. Still the views were amazing and definitely worth it. After we finished we had a walk...

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