National Parks Loop – June 29 – July 5

We spent the night in Grand Forks and got an early start. It’s always a good idea to fire up your vehicle early when you are running a fridge.

Our first actual destination was Nelson. A quirky little town with a cool bread delivery vehicle

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please wear shoes – 😀 – lol

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sights along the way – Yahk BC

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Cranbrook Elephant. Yet another addition to Judi’s relatively large collection of random Canadian elephant photos.

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Nice mountain view east of Fernie.

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Frank Slide

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Leitch Collieries

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We found a nice quiet private spot to make dinner and set up our caRV. In the morning we lounged around and had a visit from nice park rangers. By the time we tried to fire up we were met with click click click. Dead battery. That’s what you get for not hitting the road by 6am 🙁 We managed to push the gnu quite far but eventually had to stop. We were able to get through to a dispatcher for the alberta national parks but as she was confirming our location a vehicle with Arizona plates pulled up. We asked him for a jump start and he stated he could do one better. He then opened his rear door and pulled out a portable battery jump starter!!!! It got the gnu rolling again and we were on our way to enjoy some beautiful views:

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pretty wild flowers – red rock canyon – impressive viewing platforms

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Windy Selfie

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Waterton lodge and lake

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Alberta scenery

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After taking the long route east of Lethbridge and Calgary we ended up finding fabulous hosts in our first ever visit to the budding metropolis of Three Hills AB. Thanks for the hospitality!

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Royal Tyrrell Museum greeter

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Cassia and Joel 😀

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finished another hat 😀

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driving toward the storm

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managed to catch the lightening

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all is clear the next morning

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stopped in at the glaciers to do a little cooking :D, Jasper National Park

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pulled off to check out this really cool river – and canyon that is impressively deep we were not able to capture it on film – sooooooo deep

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shot of the trip, Banff National Park

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mountain goats!! cute little faces cute little bums :D, Kootenay National Park

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giant cedar walk, Glacier National Park

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Fuel stop just outside Mt. Revelstoke National Park

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then crashed Cotty’s cousins ball tourney camp out

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carwash time

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pop in at white lake to visit this delightful family 😀 – Fellow artisans – check them out at:

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then home – 6 National Parks in 5 days 😀 wahoo


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