of trip: 11 Days, 14 hours, 57 minutes
Distance driven: 3,406 miles
Number of States and Provinces: 7
Number of National Parks: 5
Number of Animals Seen:
Big Horn Sheep: 15
Black Bear: 1
Pronghorn Antelope: 61
Rocky Mountain Sheep: 39
I crossed the border at Sumas, WA near Abbotsford, BC on a beautiful sunny day. Crossing the border was a breeze. The car in front of me was pulling away as I arrived at the border guard station. Coming back into the US would have been a whole different story. It looked to be an hour and a half to two hour wait to get back into the US. Rather than taking the faster Hwy 5 route directly to Kamloops I chose the slower but more scenic Hwy 1 along the Fraser River. It was a beautiful drive almost the entire way to Calgary.
Banff National Park is one continuous WOW. We found ourselves repeating, “Wow, look at that” along the entire 130 mile drive from the town of Banff to the Columbia Ice Field. On the way back it was just as good. Having the top down on the Jeep was perfect. That way we could look up and see the hundreds of waterfalls cascading down from high above and soak in the 80º temperatures.
I found the drive from Banff towards Calgary was rather ho-hum so when Patti and I returned on our way to High River, AB we took hwy 40 rather than the more common Hwy 1 and the wows just kept on coming. It is a fabulous drive with beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife.
and Family Reunion
2 & Glacier National Park
After leaving Patti at the airport I headed back to the US the next day. It was another beautiful sunny day heading south but the radio kept telling me that a cold front was hot on my tail coming down from the north. It was still warm and sunny when I crossed the border (15 minute wait) where Canadian hwy 2 meets US 89 and it was still beautiful when I entered Glacier National Park but as I reached Logan Pass the cold front caught up with me. I had to put the top up on the Jeep and I didn’t stop to explore several places that I would have otherwise spent more time poking around. Since the weather had turned bad I decided I might as well beat feet and put a few miles behind and reduce the amount of driving I’d have to do the next day on my way to Yellowstone.
After many failed attempts to visit Yellowstone I finally made it. It would have been interesting to have seen it prior to the 1988 fire but it still has a lot of charm, wildlife, and of course geysers and hot springs. Nearly 20 years after the big fire are still prevalent in places but that’s not to say its just ugly scars. In some places it’s not so pretty but most places it is healing nicely.
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