August 1, 2011
Today was dump and fill day. We are taking the
ferry over to Skagway, but it doesn't leave until 5:45pm. It's
an hour ride aboard the MV Columbia, the largest ship in the the Alaska
Marine Highway fleet. They loaded up the big vehicles first, most of
which were RV's. Bob was second in line so I was able to get pictures of
him driving into the belly of the ship, and although I was first in line
2, with only 2 motorcycles in line 1, they loaded me almost dead last.
Bob had parked the RV and was up on the lounge deck looking down waving
at me, before I even moved! The ferry is like a tiny cruise ship. There
was a bar lounge, a solarium up front, a cafeteria, and cabins for
sleeping, There was a rear deck that you could pitch your tent if you
needed. It was there, we met people from New Zealand that had been on
the boat for three days, coming up from Bellingham, WA. They had been
sleeping in plastic deck chairs! The ride was only an hour and soon it
was over. It's amazing to watch how they pack all the vehicles inside,
and again, I was the last off; go figure.
Skagway, at last! Once I caught up to Bob, we
proceeded to the spot that Bill and Margie had parked on a side street.
I wasn't real comfortable with it, and so we jumped in the car and drove
around to see if there was anything better, then took a quick drive
around town to get our bearings. We found the road up to the Gold Rush
Cemetery, but the weather was getting bad so went back to RV and moved
down to a spot we found right beside the runway at the local airport.
But, about 10pm we got a knock on the door from the local law
enforcement saying no RV parking anywhere in town. So, we closed up and
drove about five miles out of town, up the Klondike Hwy and parked for
the night on the side of the road. It was pitch black up there; we'll
figure what to do tomorrow.
we drove back into Skagway to do a bit of sightseeing and get our
tickets for the White Pass & Yukon Route RR.
are going to ride from Fraser, BC, back down to Skagway, pick up our car
and drive back up. Least expensive way to ride the rails. First stop was
the Visitor's Center for the Klondike Gold Rush National Park. Again,
there is so much that you learn when you visit
so much more
than when you read it in a book. We walked up Broadway, the main street
is part of the Historical Skagway District. It's about two blocks wide
and seven or eight blocks long. Skagway never burned and so many of the
original buildings still stand and have been renovated. It also has been
taken over by the businesses that cater to the cruise traffic. Today
there were four ships in port.
was absolutely crazy in town. We found a pizza shop off the main drag
and not very crowded with decent prices, where we had our first pizza in
almost two months, yum!
managed to find the quilt shop I wanted to visit. (It was right next
door to the pizza shop, how convenient!) Absolutely fabulous. I have
never seen so many fabrics dedicated to one theme; Alaska. She also, was
set up for the cruise crowd. Many, many Alaskan themed quilt kits, fat
quarter packs, charm packs and such, set up for the quick grab and go.
Sell a lot in very limited time frame. Good marketing! From there we
headed home so we could find a new place to spend the night. We had
scoped out a clearing earlier and was hoping to get in there before
today's ferry came in. Nice and cozy; spent the evening listening to the
rain on the roof.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
rode over to Dyea (Di-ee) today. At the time of the gold rush, this town
was bigger than Skagway, and was the start of the Chilkoot Trail, which
was the more direct trail. BUT, the WP&YR RR went to Skagway and so Dyea
was virtually abandoned once the RR was working.
is not much there now, but there is a campground and it's a wonderful
drive over there. You can drive out on the flats at the end of the
canal. When we turned around to go back, we saw people over by the
creek, so we went to check it out. Oh my GOSH, the salmon are spawning!
There were thousands trying to get as far up the river/creek as
possible! Even young girls were able to hook salmon. I probably
could also if I wanted. Where are my fishing friends (Darrell, Rick, and
Ronnie) when you need them. They could
caught their limit in 15 minutes.
We are driving up to Fraser, BC tonight, so I went into town to go back
to the quilt shop before Bob got there. From town we drove up the
highway in the RV, stopping along the way at the pullouts to get
pictures of the train, waterfalls and Dead Horse Gulch. Now comes the
When we got up to Fraser and Bob realized there was no town, just the
Border Guards at the CUSTOMS station, Bob didn't want to have to go
through customs twice, so he pulled into the train station INSTEAD!. I
told him he better check with the customs people first, as we were IN
CANADA, DUH! Well, when we got in the office, they told him he should
have gone through customs FIRST, and that we could not park in the train
station, even though the girl down in the Skagway RR office said we
could. The buses need all that room for staging and turning around, but
we could park over in the other dirt lot.
So we turned around and drove through customs with all the usual
questions. I was terribly worried they would think we had been trying to
get contraband through customs on the QT. But they were good guys and it
went very well for us. Whew!!! Bob parked our rig parallel to the train
tracks. I think we better close our curtains tonight, the train people
will be looking in our windows in the morning. But at least we don't
have to get up early! We put the quilt back on the bed tonight. It's
cold up here.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
cloud cover this morning. We didn't have far to walk to get on the
train. We were assigned to a RR car that allowed us to each have our own
seat by a window on the right side of the coach; not that it really
mattered with all the cloud cover. Many of the other RR cars were full
with people from the cruise ships, so we were really fortunate.
About halfway down to Skagway, we were finally below the cloud cover and
were able to see the things our narrator was talking about; even
managing to get some pictures.
We got off at the station, stopping to take more
pictures that we wanted but didn't take the other day. We walked by THE
RED ONION, but didn't go in. We did go in THE MASCOT, a bar from 98'
that still had the bar and back bar and such. On the way out of town, we
stopped at the Gold Rush Cemetery where Jefferson R. "Soapy" Smith and
John Reid are buried. "Soapy" was the local "scam artist" and John Reid
was the Hero that shot and killed him. Many of the Gold Rushers are
buried in this cemetery. From there you could walk up (almost climb) to
the Lower Reid Falls which were very beautiful. Then we drove back up to
Fraser, went through customs again, hooked the car up to the RV and
proceeded on to Carcross, where we got our passports stamped at the
the drive up here, the clouds parted and it turned into an absolutely
beautiful day! Also stopped to look at the Carcross Desert. The desert
consists of a large area of sand dunes that were deposited after the
glaciers receded. It is recognized by different international geographic
groups as a desert. It was too late to visit the animal center, so we
headed on to Whitehorse to "camp" in the Walmart parking lot again. We
have now come full circle.
After dinner, we called my sister and her husband to see how their back
to back cruises went and we also called Brenda and Laverne here in
Whitehorse to see when we could get together, then settled in for a
August 5, 2011
We decided to check into the High
Country RV Park. Full hook-ups! ! ! First thing on the agenda, was to
get the laundry done using both the laundromat and the washer in the RV.
You always meet the nicest people in the laundry. Met a woman from
Germany, and a woman traveling alone in her fifth wheel. There are many
singles out there roaming in their RV's. It's another beautiful day,
hated to spend it washing, but I wanted it done and over with. Made
Bob's favorite for dinner tonight, meatloaf!
Saturday, August 6, 2011
and Laverne came in to see us late this morning, another beautiful day.
we took off to do some more sightseeing. First to the Copperbelt Railway
and Mining Museum, the information inside the museum was more
interesting than the train ride. Then onto the MacBride Museum of
Yukon History which was so fascinating. On the right is a picture of
an albino moose. There were many displays of life in Whitehorse.
finally got the opportunity to try my hand at gold panning. There is
gold in "them there hills", but I am by no means, rich! By then our
stomachs were all growling, so we headed over to the fish and chips
place and had an early dinner. We definitely arrived "just in time" to
get a seat, because people started filing in like crazy and there wasn't
a seat in the place inside of 15 minutes. Bob and I had the halibut fish
and chips, yummy!
also had moose stew and elk burgers. Wasn't really up to trying that
today. We took a driving tour after that over to the Wooden Fish Ladder
on the Yukon River.
is a dam on the river and the ladder gets the salmon up past the dam to
their spawning grounds. These salmon have the longest migration in the
world, having to travel about 1975 miles from the Bering Sea all the way
back up to here, just to have to pass by the dam. It's ingenious how
they direct the fish to go up the ladder. We came back to the RV so
Brenda could check her mail since we have internet service here and
rounded out the evening with a glass of wine and wonderful conversation.
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Checked out from the RV
park this morning to drive over to the Cummins dealer. We'll park here
for the night as we have an appointment in the morning to check out the
fuel pump, not sure if we have a problem or not. We finally made it to
the grocery store today. Neither one of us are feeling very chipper. Bob
came down with a cold and I got too close, so we both have runny noses.
August 8, 2011
The mechanic was able to
get to us fairly early this morning (somewhere between 8:30-9:00). He
could see that it was leaking, he just couldn't tell from where. So the
RV was pulled into one of the bays where he proceeded to start tearing
apart the engine. He finally discovered the leak about 3:30. Fortunately
we were able to stay inside the RV which normally isn't allowed. I was
very thankful for that as I seemed to be getting sicker; at least I
could be miserable in my own coach. They could not plug the leak so a
repair part has to be ordered. The warranty doesn't cover the cost of
priority shipping so we paid for it to get here by Wednesday, instead of
next week. They put the engine together enough that we could pull
outside the gate to stay there until the part came in.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Rain. I am still sick with an upper
respiratory infection (AKA: cold). I'm miserable and Bob isn't feeling
much better. So we just sat. No internet service and bad cell phone
August 10, 2011
Bob woke up to find out the overnight
low was 39 degrees! guess summer is over up here. The part came in and
we waited all day for them to work us into the schedule. Never happened.
Bob is feeling better and I can tell he is getting tired of just sitting
here. I am still sick; I don't care if I go anywhere. Can't get the
runny nose to stop; nothing I take seems to work.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Yeah! They took us into the bay
first thing this morning. When Bob walked out to see how things were
progressing, the shop manager said, "no customers in the bay areas",
which meant we had to go to the customer lounge. I looked pretty sad and
felt as bad as I looked. Hated staying in the lounge but at least it had
several Lazy-Boys and cable TV. Even so, I slept the morning away. We
were also getting hungry, but I didn't want to go anywhere as I looked
terrible. They were finally done by 2 pm. By the time we ate, and dumped
out tanks on this rainy day, we were ready to leave, so we stopped by
Brenda and Laverne's place to meet her daughter and grandkids before
making our good-byes. We always have a wonderful time with them and
don't know if we will see them this winter in Quartzsite. It's been a
week, it's time to move on. We drove down the road about 100 miles
before stopping for the night in a provincial park in Teslin, YT. These
campground cost 12 dollars a night for no hook ups but they do have
free, dry firewood, and pit toilets, which thankfully we don't need.
Since it had been raining all day, I had no desire to sit out in the
damp evening air to build a fire.
Happy Birthday Daddy !
thing this morning we stopped at theTeslin Tlingit Heritage Centre, to
learn about the Tlingit culture and get a stamp for our Yukon Tour Book.
The picture at right shows the totems of the five clans. The raven, the
frog, the wolf, the beaver, and the eagle.
then moved on to the George Johnston Museum which was the more
interesting of the two. George was a Tlingit (pronounced Klink IT),
Indian that cared deeply about his people, but he also had a zest for
living. Born in 1884, he bought a camera, and took pictures of the every
day life of his people between 1910 and 1940, developing the pictures in
his own cabin.
also brought the first car, a 1928 Chevrolet to Teslin, even though
there were No roads. He had it shipped up the river by barge. He and his
friends built a three mile road to drive his "Taxi" on, and in the
winter he was able to drive it on the frozen lake! It was an interesting
We drove on thru Rancheria, turned at Junction 37 and headed on down the
stopped for the night at a pullout along the side of a lake. In the
evening we were watching a movie when Bob said, "I just saw something
run across the floor"! Thank goodness my feet were up in the lounge
position of my seat! What we finally discovered was a mouse. Bob set the
trap, and we had the mouse in just minutes. The problem was they kept
coming! We don't know how they were getting in. We set the trap with
Cheetos; yep, mice LOVE Cheetos.! By the end of the evening we had
killed 4 mice, which we felt bad about, but we can't have them in the
coach. Guess we were parked on their food path and they took a slight
detour. We still can't figure how they were getting in our coach. It's
somewhere up under the steering wheel along the driver's left wall.
During the day, we kept checking our phones for cell coverage, but they
were dead as doornails. Can't get a birthday greeting to our father,
major bummer! Sorry, Dad! but we were thinking about you all day.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
continued on down the Cassiar Highway today, heading further South. I am
finally on the mend. Still getting the sniffles, but the runny nose has
stopped and so have the chills,
I am weak and tired all the time. This was a wonderful day for wild life
viewing! We saw 3 mountain sheep with 3 babies, a moose, a bear, another
bear with one or two cubs, a fox, and a couple of squirrels that
survived by the hair on their tails. We also stopped at Jade City,
located in the Cassiar Mountains. 90% of the world's jade comes from
this location. We also found out that China is the biggest customer for
their jade! Gives a new meaning to "Made in China". We have also gone
over the 10,000 mile marker on this journey. Spent another night on the
side of the road on a paved pull-off.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
weather has been very cloudy and gloomy of late.
our way into Stewart, BC, we stopped by ANOTHER glacier (Bear Glacier)
to get some pictures as you can see where it dumps directly into a lake.
At the far end of this lake, it looked like there was an iceberg
floating in the water. But when Bob glanced through his binoculars, lo
and behold, it was a truck camper floating in the water!
I don't know what it was doing in the water, but it's nice to know they
float! From there it was only a few short miles into Stewart. We decided
to stay at Bear River RV Park. Very nice, we would definitely stay here
again. It had full hook-ups and free internet service (depending on the
weather and the satellite). We can handle that. Once we were set up in
the park and put a load of laundry in, we were off to Hyder, AK. The
only way to get there is to drive through Stewart. The "Milepost"
magazine says the population of these two towns was 699 for Stewart and
100 for Hyder. And that is being magnanimous on their part, it's gotta'
be!! Stewart is tiny and Hyder looks like a ghost town that has a post
the big draw to Hyder is Tongas National Forest where Fish Creek is
located. It is here that the largest chum and pink salmon come to spawn,
and the bears that come to feed on them in the creek. Now I'm talking
major tourist attraction folks! they bring tour busses down here to see
this. The road is absolutely horrible, and there are no guarantees that
you will see anything. Exactly, WE DIDN'T SEE ONE BEAR! They were all in
can stay as long as you like, they are open from 6 am in the morning to
10 pm at night. When talking with some photographers there (I'm talking
professional), with those long, long, lenses, they had been there since
7 am this morning and we got there about 4 pm. We waited for about an
hour, but no Bears.
thought it would be better to come back later in the evening, so we
headed on up the road to go see Salmon Glacier.
ride was slow up the muddy, potholed road, but the trip was worth it.
The glacier was spectacular! You can see it from the toe up to top. It
is the fifth largest glacier in North America. To see how it goes around
curves, left or right, amazing! It just disappeared into the clouds.
What I was amazed with was to see these delicate flowers and FERNS,
blooming up here in this alpine environment, cold, windy and misting!
When we got back down to Fish
Creek, we were told we had just missed the momma bear and her two cubs,
discouraged, we went home to a late supper. Threw some more wash in
taking advantage of the hook-ups. and called it a night.
is home to the logging industry. As we were driving back to the RV we
could see these huge rafts of logs tied up waiting to be pulled I
supposed to the lumber mill. We had just watched a movie not too long
ago on the logging industry with Henry Fonda and Paul Newman, so we were
sort of interested in this.
You know I could do three
different books on Alaska; wildlife, glaciers, wildflowers. I think this
photograph would make the cover of my glacier photo book.
Monday, August 15, 2011
We took us a leisurely morning to
cook breakfast before getting cleaned up and putting in another load of
laundry. Took some time to catch up on emails, blogs and such. We
decided to eat an early dinner before heading back up to Fish Creek to
get another chance at seeing the bears.
BORING!!! We stayed there for two hours in the rain, before deciding it
was another waste of time, even the photographers left early. They did a
fish count today by walking down the river. Some people thought that may
have been a reason the bears didn't show up. There had only been one
reported sighting all day and that was 10am this morning. On the way
back to the RV we stopped at their small grocery store to check out
their supplies. Very good for a town of this size. They did have a Sears
Catalog Store in the town. This place is too small, even for me. Will be
glad to be on the move tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
And we're off. It's another traveling
day for us. The clouds are low and hanging below the mountains. A wet
miserable day, not good for seeing much of anything. We are on our way
to Prince George. Driving through Houston, we came across the World's
Largest Fly Rod located at their visitors center. It 61 ft tall and has
a 300 pound test tip and weighs 300lbs. We thought it might take two
days, but it wasn't good for sightseeing, so we kept on driving and make
it in around 7:30 and parked in another Walmart. It said it was a
superstore, but those words can be decieving. Believe me when I say, IT
WAS NOT A SUPERSTORE.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
another traveling day. We are headed East on Hwy 16, the Yellowhead Hwy,
still making our way to Edmonton. We stopped in McBride today around
noon. Since we have no Internet or cell phone, Bob needs to find a place
where they might have wifi service so we can get a zip code for our mail
to be forwarded. McBride is a small town, but very clean and neat.
visitor's center is located inside their historic train depot along with
a cafe that serves coffee and sandwiches. But we were on our way very
quickly when we found out they wanted something like a $1.50 per minute
for Internet service. Wow! Talk about expensive. Later in the afternoon
as we passed through Jasper National Park, there were cars stopped on
the side of the road. An elk was out eating a late lunch on the side of
the road. He could care less if people were all around him snapping
their cameras. The big rig drivers weren't happy I'm sure as the cars
created a terrible traffic jam.
that we passed through Mount Robson Provincial Park. It includes Mount
Robson, el. 12,972 ft. It's the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Not long after we arrived in Hinton, looking for diesel and wifi.
in front of a hotel gave us the wifi we needed to get our zip code, but
we couldn't spend the night there. So we got our fuel and headed back to
the Walmart where we had spent a night when we were headed north in late
May almost three months earlier! It either rained or drizzled most of
today. We got some sun right at sunset. After it got dark it rained
again. We are now on Mountain time. Only two hours difference from home.
Makes it a little easier to make phone calls.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
It rained all night in Hinton. By the
time you get to Edmonton, you realize you are not in the Rocky Mountains
any more, but on the prairie. We have passed fields and fields of rolled
hay, placed neatly in long lines. There are also fields of Canola
growing like wheat. This is where canola oil comes from. We are parked
at another Walmart for the night. This is the first Walmart of any size
we are used to in the states, including a FULL line of groceries. But
they still don't carry the same things as we do at home. The weather was
sunny and warm as we got out of the coach. First time we didn't need
jackets in over a month! We got in early enough that we took off for the
West Edmonton Mall, or WEM. All I can saw is WOW! It is the largest
indoor mall in North America. And I quote, " over 800 stores and
services, 100 eating establishments, 2 hotels and 9 theme park
attractions. There is an enormous indoor water park, complete with wave
pool, and over 12 water slides, a ropes course, full scale amusement
park, with largest indoor roller coaster, ice skating rink, 2 18 hole
miniature golf courses, (one of which is the neon Putt'n'Glow); bowling,
billiards and bingo; bumper boats and a sea lion show and underground
aquarium at Sea Life Caverns. Also there is a casino, dinner theater and
IMAX 3D theater. Now I would not have believed all this possible if I
hadn't seen it myself. First thing we did was eat; got some Chinese, as
we haven't had any in a long while. Then we went to the amusement park
which was right next to the eating establishments. There is no way I was
going to ride those coasters after eating Chinese. The cost for riding
the coaster was 7 tickets or $7 dollars! Ouch! Of course you can buy a
combination pass (32 rides in all) but there was too much for us to see.
For those of you who remember Kennywood, they too have the rides for the
small kids so they will grow up wanting to ride the big rides. Then we
moved on to the ice rink, and the wave park. It's HUGE! Reminds me of
Carowinds, but with many more slides. My feet gave out before the
feasting of my eyes did. Should have worn a pedometer. Walking back to
where we came in we realized we had missed the theme streets, such as
Bourbon St. and Chinatown. We are pooped!
Friday, August 19, 2011
We are heading for the states today.
It's been almost 3 months and we are ready for reliable phone service,
TV, and Internet. So we are bypassing Calgary to get back to the states.
It is open prairie all the way. We are crossing the land of the
Blackfeet and Crow Indians.
could see the mountains of the Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada
which is adjoined to Glacier National Park in the US. We had no problem
at customs. One patrol officer boarded our RV and looked in our frig,
but he didn't take anything and he didn't touch my houseplant that Bob
got me for Mother's Day. As he left the coach he said, "Welcome Home".
That had a real nice ring to it, ya' know? That''s not to say that
Canada and it's people aren't wonderful, but there's something about
"Home", that gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
We drove into Glacier Park to see if we could get a space, not really
expecting to. But Yay!, they had room for us, for 3 WHOLE DAYS. Wow. We
parked the rig, opened the windows and drank in the fresh air to our
coach. It's warm, it's sunny, it's wonderful. We also have phone service
and wifi, at least here in the campground. Satellite also works now,
yep, we're back in the USA.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Last night after dinner,
after dark, really, we went down to the visitor's center for an
astronomy show. The sky was soooooo clear! The Milky Way was so visible
it was beautiiful. The men giving the show are volunteers and retired
professors of astronomy from Utah and Washington. One brought his 11
year old granddaughter with her own telescope that she got when she was
five! She knows as much as he does, and thats A LOT! Did you know there
is a tea kettle constellation in the sky?
Bob was totally fascinated, so much more than I. This show was dependent
on the dark window between sunset and moon rise which was about 11:30pm.
The moon will rise later tomorrow night, and Bob plans on going back.
Today we took the "Going To
The Sun" road through the park. What a gorgeous ride! These mountains
are unlike any others I have seen. Most have been formed by the
glaciers. When the park was formed in 1910, there were over 150
glaciers, now sadly, there are only 26, and they are not in good shape.
Climate change (remember, it's politically incorrect to say, Global
Warming), is wrecking havoc on glaciers. Where glaciers once stood,
there are now alpine meadows in full bloom. The best way to see this
park is on foot, like most national parks.
are hundreds of trails you can take to get some of the most incredible
views. I know Bob would love to go, but I can't hike like that anymore.
The road itself is a National Historical Engineering Landmark. Vehicles
over 21 feet in length bumper to bumper are not allowed on the road due
to tight curves and sheer sidewalls. It's 50 mile length is filled with
pull offs with amazing views. I could go on and on, but you will just
have to settle for my pictures. It took us over four hours to drive this
50 miles because there we so many stops we wanted to make. By the time
we got back to the east side of the park it was 8:30.
We had planned on cooking some of our salmon, but it was so late, when
we passed a place called the Whistlestop, we turned around for a quick
meal of cheeseburger, BBQ pork and french fries. It really hit the spot
after a long day.
Bob went back again tonight for the astronomy show. This time he took
the camera and his tripod hoping to get pictures of the Milky Way. PS:
He came home with just one picture of the Big Dipper. But that's okay,
because he learned what to do when he gets the right camera. (Can you
see the Big Dipper?)
The sky was beautiful, but windy
today. We rocked in the RV a good part of the day. Gave Bob his haircut,
and I nibbled on mine a little bit.. We were supposed to leave tomorrow,
but Bob found out last night, there might be an opportunity to see the
Northern Lights on Monday night, so we signed up for another night. We
just cannot believe how lucky we are to get this camp site for so many
days, and not have to move. Bob also called Yellowstone National Park.
We have got reservations there for three nights starting on the 24th.
Unbelieveable! Reservations on such short notice. We must have a
guardian angel somewhere to be having all this good fortune. We are on
site 148 which is right next to the rest rooms. I figured this would
have been a handicap site, but guess not.
August 22, 2011
Bob cooked breakfast this morning;
bacon and pancakes, yummy! Our food supplies are getting low. We're not
starving by any means, let's just say we're short on our favorites.
mean, you can't complain when you are having steak and potatoes for
dinner, with a salad and garlic bread. But it was our last steak, our
last tomato, you get the picture. We have put off buying any groceries
until we got back into the states, because everything was so expensive
in Canada. We just haven't gotten to a real grocery store (Walmart) yet.
We did drive around the small area outside the gates of the park. There
is a small grocery that carries a lot, but again, It supply versus
demand. If you want it you will pay for it. There is a lodge or two
outside the park entrance but that's about it. This entrance is right on
the boundary of the Blackfeet Reservation. They are also known as the
Crows or the Kiowas'.
Before Bob went back to the astronomy show we skyped our grandchildren.
I can't wait to see them. This is the longest I have been away from
Rachel, and I'm not sure Kylie knows who Bob and I are yet. I stayed
home this evening while Bob went to the show. The wind was still
blowing, and there was a
warm breeze blowing in the windows. Felt good for a change, instead of
being bundled up with a sweatshirt. The Aurora Borealis never
materialized this evening, Bob was pretty disappointed. Maybe someday.
(This was the view
out our front window)
We are on our way once again. We
really did hate to leave Glacier, it's truly a beautiful place. We had
to stop in Browning, MT, for our mail pick up. Browning is the largest
town on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
on a wide open prairie and about the same size as Glacier National Park.
We saw groups of wild mustangs traveling down the road; what beautiful
creatures. While we were there, we stopped to get sandwiches from
Subway. Whoo-hoo, they have the $5 specials. What was even better, there
was no sales tax. Just $10 for the two sandwiches. I found a stub from
our Subway stop while we were in Alaska. Ouch! The same order came to
$17.83! By the time you add in the exchange rate, it cost $18.00. What a
difference a couple of days and a country make. I am never going to
complain about the cost of food again. Americans are spoiled, and we
just don't appreciate it.
I digress from our trip.... We kept on traveling south. We stopped at a
Historic Point of Interest about Lewis and Clark. Another RVer stopped
and asked if we had heard the big news about the East Coast. An
EARTHQUAKE! Are you kidding me! Felt in New York, Washington D C, all
over the place. We thanked him for the info and got back into our RV. I
had Bob hook up our Internet service thank goodness we were in range). I
looked up CNN for the latest news and found there had been a 5.8
earthquake 41 some miles NW of Richmond, VA and 65 miles SW of
Washington, DC. Checked with my Facebook friends and sure enough, it had
been felt all the way from Pittsburgh to Wilmington. I had to call
Stephanie right away. She asked if we had heard the news, uh..yeah, on
some back road in Montana. Boy, does news travel fast news,
Yes, she was working on the sales floor when lights started shaking. Her
boss was in the back and her chair started moving. What an amazing day,
and now it looks like Hurricane Irene is either going to hit Wilmington,
NC or Norfolk, VA. When will the weather ever settle down.
Speaking of....it's getting terribly hot up here, its' about 90 degrees
hot! When we got to Great Falls, Mt., first stop was Sam's Club. We have
been holding off buying anything in Canada, because of prices. I think
we over did our little buying spree, we had a hard time putting stuff in
our freezer, and we still have to hit up Walmart. Bob filled up the car
and the RV with fuel before leaving town. I kinda' wanted to stay in
Sam's Club parking lot, but Bob wanted to be closer to Yellowstone so we
wouldn't have to drive so far tomorrow. So...off we went into the
sunset, literally. it was really beautiful, the sky kept getting redder,
and oranger, (is that a word?) until there was just an afterglow. We
were driving through miles and miles of unharvested dry wheat fields
that were the palest shade of blonde and against the darkening sky, they
seemed very reflective of the light. God does have wonderful lighting
effects. The night got darker and darker and Bob was having trouble
finding a spot where we could pull off. I felt that we were missing a
lot. We passed a sign saying Scenic Byway. Finally I got him to pull
over where we saw another RV. When we opened our windows we could hear
the rush of water so we knew we were by a creek. It put Bob to sleep
right away. It took me a little longer.
we woke up, what a view! Unbeknownst to us, we had stopped beside a
river that had tumbling rapids. it was beautiful, we were in the Lewis
and Clark National Forest just outside the small village of Neihart, MT.
The day was drop dead gorgeous and we had reservations for Yellowstone.
Does it get any better? There were so many places I wanted to take
photos, Sandy had to stop twice to clean the windshield. The bugs had
absolutely nothing better to do today, than to get in front of my camera
lens. We are also getting word of a hurricane named Irene, that is
supposed to make landfall near Wilmington, NC. Why now?
finally reached the North entrance to Yellowstone around 2:45 pm. We
said we would go straight to the campground FIRST, stopping only if we
saw an animal. WELL, it was almost 4:45 before we made it there. We ran
into the biggest Bison jam. Oh my goodness, they were everywhere,
especially in the road! Got some really great photos. I think they
really do like to stop traffic! It was wonderful. I am so glad we
decided to come. We were going to do some sightseeing after dinner, but
decided we had better rest up for the next couple of days of sightseeing
we'll be doing while we are here. The last picture shown was our
neighbor's coach across the lane. Very retro, very nice! We were also
very lucky to get these great pictures of the bison as the next several
days were cloudy and didn't produce shots as good as these.
thing this morning, we found our campsite from the last time we were
here 20 years ago. The last day we were there, we woke up to find a
rogue buffalo in the campground. We could not get Stephanie awake to see
it. She thought we were just trying to wake her up to get her out of her
sleeping bag! We had a good time that year.
Our first stop was at the Lower Geyser Basin on Yellowstone Lake. For
the most part, it was the same, but I sure didn't miss the smell of
rotten eggs! That's all I could smell the rest of the day, peeuw!
there we headed over to Old Faithful. That was disappointing. When it
erupted it wasn't very tall, and because there was not much of a breeze,
you couldn't see the water for all the steam that was rising. We didn't
want to wait around for the next eruption, so we moved on the the next
exhibit. It was some waterfalls we had not seen before. the parking lot
and walkways were all newly paved. From there we were going over to the
Upper and Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, but first we stopped at
the Canyon Village to check on cell phone service so I could check on my
daughter and the progress of Hurricane Irene. She is all prepared and
not too concerned. Said she had been through much worse than this one.
we got a call from my sister using her new ipad. It was getting late and
it was starting to rain, so we wanted to get on the road. By the time we
got on the main road, the rain pellets were huge, then they turned to
hail. Then the hail started coming down so hard, it was covering the
road. I was sure we were going to have dents on the car hood. It was
coming down so hard and so fast, our windshield wipers stopped working
so we had to stop in the middle of the road. We couldn't see where we
were going, if we were driving off the road or not. By the time it
slowed down, Sandy had to get out and clear the windshields by hand. The
road was covered with over an inch of hail. We skipped the waterfalls
and headed for home. We were glad we arrived yesterday. The buffalo in
Hayden Valley were far away from the road, not good for getting any
pictures. Before we arrived at the campground, Sandy stopped on the side
of the road to get some downed wood so we could have a campfire tonight.
What a wonderful day.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
August 29, 2011