Three highlights of the day -- We did not see a bear in Tunnel Mountain RV Trailer Court in Banff National Park, the Columbia Icefield in Jasper National Park with its glacier (even in June) is awesome, and we did see a black bear along the Icefields Parkway. Saturday seemed to be the day a hundred or more runners did a timed run the entire length of the Parkway, with runners on the left shoulder and their swag cars on the right shoulder. It became quite congested from time to time. When we saw the bear on the left on the highway right of way calmly eating grass, we noticed there were no runners nearby, because they had smartly moved to the right side and were laughing their heads off. (Probably joyful at their escape.) There was some construction on Trans-Canada 1 at Bow River, where they were widening the highway. The elevation rose to over 8800 feet from 4000 at Banff. It was 55 degrees with a wind chill. Farther on we saw a field of big horn sheep and some moose.
We got the last RV site at Marv Moore Municipal RV Park in Grand Cache, Alberta, and were happy to get it, as it was about 6 PM, and we were ready to stop for the day. The park was beautiful with lots of trees and brush close up to the RV. There was a firewood supply bin next to our site, and we saw a guy pick four logs to haul in his little red wagon to his campfire ring, but they were too long to fit, so he had to carry the logs in one arm, and pull the wagon with the other.
At 10:30 PM it was still daylight. We slept soundly. This day is one of the shorter write ups, but the most pictures. We took close to 200 pictures, it was hard to select the 90 or so we put in our online album that you can see here.
Sunday June 4, 2006 Grande Cache Alberta to Dawson Creek British Columbia
On our drive from Grande Cache we noticed a power plant with a coal mining area very nearby. This is also oil drilling country, as well as logging. The road was very rough because of the large trucks using it, and compared to the drives we had up to now, became very boring. The only excitement was seeing some deer cross the highway in front of us (which we can see in Texas), and seeing the statue of a beaver in Beaverlodge, Alberta. We crossed into British Columbia and a new time zone -- now two hours earlier than home. No more Super Wal-marts? Just Grocery Shelves?
Walldog, Willie and Jake