The Final Leg of the Epic Summer Road Trip

August 28th – 30th ~ Way too many miles of driving from Whidbey Island to Los Angeles

Crossing the Deception Pass Bridge, heading home

Well, they say, when it’s over, it’s over. And that pretty much summed up our final few days of an otherwise fantastic three-month road trip.  Continue reading

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A Perfect Day In Seattle ~ Space Needle, Chihuly Exhibition, Pike Place Market

August 27th ~ Seattle, Washington

Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition

Sometimes the stars just align, everything falls into place, and your day unfolds magically. This was that kind of day for us.  Continue reading

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Total Eclipse of the Sun ~ Durkee, Oregon

August 20th and 21st ~ Chasing the Zone of Totality!

Gus watching the eclipse

Our original plans were that we would still be somewhere in British Columbia for the total eclipse of the sun. Thinking we would miss seeing it, we had made absolutely zero plans. My sister and her family however had planned ahead, well in advance, and had secured a hotel room right in Umatilla, Oregon (just across the Washington border) for the night before the big event.  Continue reading

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Whidbey Island With Family

August 16th – 24th ~ Spent with family on Whidbey Island, Washington

Joanne picking blueberries

Our air quality had been poor for some time due to the many fires in British Columbia. After disappointing photos, and diminished views of the mountains, we decided to say goodbye to Canada and headed toward the border back into the USA.  Continue reading

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Columbia Icefields, Athabasca Glacier and Glacier Skywalk

August 15th ~ Junction of Banff and Jasper National Parks

Glacier Skywalk

The Icefields Parkway extends 144 miles from Lake Louise to Jasper. With over 100 glaciers, numerous waterfalls, towering mountains and the Continental Divide, stunning wilderness hiking opportunities, and of course the chance to spot animals in their natural habitat make this UNESCO site worth the trip. Condé Nast Traveller has labeled it one of the top drives in the world.  Continue reading

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Holy Cow! Finally, Finally, Finally!!! ~ Jasper National Park

August 14 ~ Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Athabasca Falls

Today our outing was to explore Jasper National Park. Up and out at a reasonable time, we headed north in Jethro, leaving Ellie Mae resting at our campground near Lake Louise.

There are several places to stop along the Icefield Parkway which is the main highway between Lake Louise and the town of Jasper. But we decided to zip on by, planning on making our stops on the return portion of our trip. After our lunch stop in Jasper, we took the turnoff onto Maligne Valley Road.

The map says, “(60 km/hr max) – Allow plenty of time to take pictures on this scenic drive. Maligne Lake is an hour’s leisurely drive from Jasper. Watch for wildlife along the way.”  Continue reading

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Banff National Park ~ Johnston Canyon Hike, Peyto Lake, Bridal Veil Falls

August 13th ~ Banff National Park

Tim on the Johnston Canyon hike

When we were staying in the campground right next to the town of Banff, I had wanted to do the Johnston Canyon Hike, but just could not get my patootie out the door. But now, I was feeling guilty at missing one of the most popular hiking trails in Banff National Park.

That could only mean one thing – BACKTRACKING!  Continue reading

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Yoho National Park ~ Natural Bridge, Emerald and Moraine Lakes

August 12th ~ Yoho National Park, Alberta, Canada

Emerald Lake

Yoho National Park is right next door to Banff National Park, so a day trip was in order to check out a few of the highlights in Yoho.

“The name Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder.” ~ Wikipedia

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City of Banff and Lake Louise

Aug 7th – 11th ~ Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Red chairs near our campsite in Banff

RED CHAIR PROGRAM

Canada has strategically placed red chairs throughout their national parks. Tim spotted these two near our campground in Banff just in time to sit and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

“Visitors are encourage to seek out the ‘Red Chairs’ to enjoy these special places and to share their experience through social media and other communication channels.” ~ Parks Canada

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada ~ Peace Bridge and Heritage Park

August 5th and 6th ~ Calgary, Canada

Gasoline pumps at Heritage Park Historical Village

We took our time driving to Calgary after a long day of dinosaur hunting and a late night at Wal-Mart. The drive was beautiful and we soaked up the scenery.  Continue reading

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