We’ve been busy since we left the USA and I haven’t had any time to document our various adventures with friends and family until now. We arrived home in Kelowna on Thursday and in 24 hours we’ve cleared out the RV, washed it inside and out, picked about a bushel of beans from our garden, thrown out our remaining lettuce which was now 4 feet high, feasted on our remaining blackberries, marvelled at the size of our peaches which, surprisingly, haven’t been eaten by the birds while we’ve been gone, slept in for a change, and found time to sit on the deck and enjoy happy hour. Not a bad day’s work.
I still have several hundred pictures to sort and categorize from our time in Colorado, and will be doing some detailed posts about our hikes and adventures there in the next week or so. In the meantime I’ll get you up to date on the last week of our vacation.
Our last night in the US was spent in Medora North Dakota, and I was hoping to get some pictures of the terrain around Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Unfortunately we woke up in the morning to fog of all things and couldn’t find anything to see, much less take pictures of. On our way north to Saskatchewan we did cross a couple of valleys and skirted the Badlands which gave us a break from the endless flat land and oil pumps of the northern prairies.
By late afternoon, after a mere 60 second delay at the border crossing, we arrived in Regina to have a short visit with Bruce and Sonja who we know from Arizona. The were kind enough to feed us, and I was dense enough to not take any pictures.
We arrived at my Aunt’s home in Moose Jaw that evening, and spent the next couple of nights parked on the street in front of their house. As it was a long weekend in Canada, and a multi year reunion was being put on by the local High School, there were absolutely no RV spaces available anywhere close to Moose Jaw.
My aunt Elaine is a fun-loving happy lady, and we’re always pleased to spend time with her. When we were setting up for a dinner with another Aunt she pulled out these serviettes. She figured if she didn’t use them, she could send them home with us for Sylvia to use. They stayed in Moose Jaw .
Our dinner was with my two remaining aunts who are healthy, Elaine in front, and Marilyn behind her. Their oldest sister has dementia, my Mom has passed away, their only brother passed away last month and only these two youngsters are left to pass on the family stories. And that they did, as we spent the evening laughing our heads off and learning how much trouble these two caused when they were young.
I also learned a lot of hilarious anecdotes about my Great Grandparents, who I had never known anything about before. We had quite the time, and my uncles learned a few things about their wives and family as well.
We packed up early the next morning and said goodbye. John and Elaine have owned this travel van for 28 years, and it has more than 300,000 miles on it. They are a bit leery of taking it too far these days, but it still gets out to the various lakes and campsites around Moose Jaw a few times a year. They were rather intimidated by our 5th Wheel, as it blocked the whole street in front of their house and dwarfed Nelly Belle.
On our way to Alberta we stopped in Maple Creek to visit with some of my cousins, children of my Uncle Wayne who just passed away. Art, on the left, and I hadn’t seen each other for more than 45 years. His sister Karen is in the middle and his brother Garth is on the right. We made Randy (Karen’s Husband) stand in the back row, as he broke up the symmetry of the group by being the only one taller than 5’5”. Believe it or not, I’m a bit of a giant among my relatives, as I’m a fair bit taller than most of them.
We spent the night in Medicine Hat, and I’d like to say we slept, but as the TransCanada Highway was on one side of us, and an active CP Rail train track was on the other side it wasn’t a very comfortable night.
We planted ourselves in Okotoks for our Calgary visit, which wasn’t all that convenient, but as there is very few RV sites in Calgary it was the best we could do. The site is on the Sheep River, and very nice though. Jason and Diana drove out to spend the evening with us, and while we didn’t have the necessary supplies for Smores, we did have a decent fire and a Marshmallow Roast.
The following day was spent with Jocelyn and our Grandkids at the Calgary zoo. We were there for over 6 hours and had a great time, although we were ready for a nap after we were done.
It’s amazing how penguins can captivate a kids interest.
We never saw a Mountain Goat in Colorado, so this one will have to do.
One of the reasons I never posted anything while we were in Calgary was that I used most of my monthly Data allotment on my cell downloading videos for the kids such as ‘What does a Whooping Crane sound like?’
Ayden loves to pose. I have several of these type of pictures.
This was a very Big Elk (Wapiti) and for a moment I thought it was a statue as it was perfectly still.
I do believe I’ve been to the same barber as these Alpacas.
As well as animals they have a large section dedicated to dinosaurs as there are several sites in southern Alberta where you can find their fossils.
Several of the Dinosaurs in the park are Animatronic. Later on when we passed by the Velociraptor Payton jumped almost a foot when it roared at him.
Despite how nice and sunny the day looked while we were at the zoo the evening was downright nasty as we drove back to the RV in yet another world class Thunderstorm. Over the 50 minute drive we must have seen 200 lightning bolts across the sky, and it didn’t stop for the rest of the evening.
I spent the next day working with Jason on the house renovation that he is desperately trying to get finished before he and Diana head to London for her work. The next morning we packed up the RV, stopped by Jason’s shop (which he has sold – Hallelujah) to pick up some stuff that he wants us to store while they’re in Britain and headed home to the heat of Kelowna.
And that was our week. All we have to do now is dump the tanks in the RV and park it in the side driveway and we’re on to our next adventures. Or another nap.