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Fairmont Hot Springs in beautiful BC Canada

So this is actually really weird because I swear I did this post last week but it’s not showing online so I will have to do this one again. We stayed over a week on the side of a Mountain in our first resort RV park which also houses Canada’s largest hot springs (at the resort!)…

We were amazed just pulling in, after the 3 hour drive from Cranbrook…

This area is known as the Columbia valley…

I saw the sign!!

Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort is highly…highly… highly recommended.

It’s a pretty big resort. One side is RVs and the other is a hotel.

We went walking…all this is 5 Min from the RV…

Wow! This Bridge connected the RV park to the hot springs side…

I see them!!! Aaaahh so steamy…

We went exploring… 10 Mon drive south…

Cool cliffs…

We drove up a forest service road for almost an hour!!

#worthit

We got our first good rain storm…hail included…

So much water!!!

We drove north about 15 Min to the town of Invermere. I would live there!!

Small town of 3000 with a killer lake!

An awesome park…Anikka’s favorite to date…

Then came Father’s Day…

On a drive to a ski area…

Drinks…. We had a near death experience this day which I won’t elaborate on…but a guy sitting next to us at a restaurant had a heart attack… Scott basically saved him LOL…

Then more food…

Heres when anikka FINALLY told Scott Happy father’s day…

The view…

Happy dad!

We ended the day with a round of golf…

They had a Lakeside course and a Mountain course.  We did the lake!

Driver…lol

Marmots everywhere!!

Anikka got my camera.

great view!!

We took a massive 6 hour drive up north to visit Glacier national park of Canada. Totally worth the drive! We saw a black bear, Mountain goats, and big horn sheep!



Into the forest…would you go in there? It turned out to be an amazing 1/2 miles boardwalk!!

Yeeeeeah!!

We only stayed a few hours…but the drive was absolutely something I would do again.. even at 3 hours one way, with a toddler.

Then finished up the day at Radium Hot Springs! That makes 2 hot springs so far!

Radium Hot Springs is cliff side, making it one of the more famous hot springs..

We had an awesome time in Fairmont. Honestly I could live there. The weather was 60-75 degrees each day, granted it is mid June… 🙂 People are nice. Views are stunning… We could not be happier.

Lake Moraine, Lake Minnewanka, and Upper Banff Hot Springs!!

Keep in mind, we woke up at 545am, left the RV at 7am and didn’t get back until 7pm that evening.  Everything listed here is all within about a 1 hour drive and we jam packed it all into 1 day we will never forget!!

We spent about 2 hours at Lake Louise and decided to head to our next stop, Lake Moraine. Which is another 15 Mon drive further down the same road…and also less busy we came to find out…

Here’s the road to Lake Moraine…

And this…

And then after parking ( we got REALLY lucky with great spots both times!)


She was in such a good mood for being up since dawn…

We were blown away by the famous turquoise colored water…but this was just the start…


Some reading material…

Kayak rentals…

She finally got a little sleepy…

The water color changes with the sun and clouds…

No editing…that would be a crime…just cloud coverage…

We did a little walk around the lake to see the 10 peaks!



There’s nothing else like this!! Except lake Louise…

Yes!!!

Selfie…

Lol she was sick of my pics…


Then the sun came out again…

I know!!! So many pics… But I couldn’t help it…


Then…the lodge and gift shop where I got some salmon jerky and anikka got a toy car…

Bear!!!

Bye Lake Moraine… We spent close to 2 hours here too…

Elevation driving back down…

Next stop was the town of Banff on the way to Lake Minnewanka…

There were TOO MANY tourists here but I got a few good shots…



About 15 Mon north of the town of Banff is Lake Minnewanka…also the largest by far and the only lake which allows motorized boats…

We walked on the docks to inquire about boat rentals, which we were TOTALLY going to do…the. It got cloudy and windy…so maybe another day…


We played on the cold beach instead and had tons of fun!!


Fun!!! And tired by this point…it was close to 3 or 4pm…

Snack shop…we are really good about packing our own food so we only stopped for hot coffee…

Onto our final destination…and possibly most rewarding… The famous UPPER BANFF HOT SPRINGS! This would be the 3rd hot springs to visit in Canada. Anikka Really likes them and was looking forward to it, as we all were…

Heres where you park, basically at the top of mountain! 

Ready to swim!

Then we walked…more…uphill to get to the hotsprings…

Soooooo exhausted…but warm…

Anikka could fit inside the lockers in the changing room and damn near gave me a heart attack when she disappeared inside…

Yes!!! A much younger demographic here than the other hot springs…

Ice cream after…

Happy girl!

She loves her Canada shirt!

And we all went to bed, exhausted and happy…gnite!

Live from Lake Louise!!

We made it!!

We have been waiting for this moment for nearly a year….and here it is! 8 am.

5250 feet.

Lake Louise and lake moraine in Banff national park in Alberta Canada!!



The small crowd coming…


Here the famous $700+ per night Fairmont chateau on the lake… We used their bathroom LOL…


She didn’t want a photo…



What a day! Absolutely gorgeous weather around 55 or 60 degrees, no wind, no clouds…just us and the water, mountains and sky!

After spending 2 hours at Lake Louise we decided to go to the other world famous Lake Moraine which is on the same road just about 10km deeper into the mountains…

It was so out of this world I have to put it in another blog!!

Bye USA! Into Canada we go… 

The drive from Coeur d’Alene into Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada was relatively short. we did not know how long it would take to cross through the border from USA into Canada so we budgeted about an hour of time. It ended up taking all of 10 minutes LOL. Yay for Canadians!
The drive up was absolutely gorgeous… really stunning to be honest. Little did we know how much beauty we would be in for!

We hit a little bit of rain initially Crossing into Canada…

… and then it was only about an hour drive north into beautiful Cranbrook which is a small town of about 20 thousand nestled at the base of the Canadian Rockies. Here’s pulling into Mount Baker RV PARK…

Lots of water nearby and in the RV park.

Once we settled in, I discovered that This happened during the drive… someone got bored…

All of us really enjoyed our time and Cranbrook and got to enjoy some sunny weather, some rain, a bit of wind and lots of clouds but all in all we spent most of the time Outdoors exploring and playing near creeks and in the mountains. 

The city gets lots of snow during the winter so they have an amazing indoor heated swimming pool which is totally meant for kids so of course we had to go enjoy your time there.

Inside…

Pic coming!

The locals all highly recommended we go to The Heidout which was a local bar and grill in downtown Cranbrook. They had great service and awesome atmosphere and fantastic food and drinks … so we went twice…

Fisher peak beer.was consumed…

Apparently we did a lot of eating here because we also went to an awesome vietnamese pho place then…

Sushi!!!

Eeeeeeat!!!

Cranbrook has a gorgeous 18-hole disc golf course that has awesome views too!

After playing disc golf we passed by an outdoor splash pad which was running even during the 60 degree weather so we stopped to play for a bit…

The views were amazing and everything we hoped for!! Next stop…Fairmont hot springs in British Columbia!!

There’s actually  few things to do in Umatilla Oregon! 

When we left Hood River the only Midway stopping point that made sense was to the stay in Umatilla. We stayed at the Marina RV Park which I would highly recommend if you’re staying in the area. These spaces are large and the park itself was not very busy at all.

We ended up staying less than a week but the one RV park we stayed at happened to be a diamond in the rough.

 Hi!!!

The town itself is nothing to brag about and there really isn’t that much to do in general … So we played in the grass a lot! And the weather was fantastic!

…but the RV park was Green and right along the river so we had a great time. And we had a view of the river…

There is McNary dam that we went to visit…

 …and a disc golf course that goes right along the dam so we had a lot of fun there…

We went to Hermiston Brewing Company however the food was terribly overpriced and we were not that impressed with the beer. 

Other than that you can certainly walk along the Columbia River and enjoy the scenery and the gorgeous sunset. 

There she goes!!

Happy couple..

We set up the tent here too!

There’s lots of access to floating docks so we had lots of fun playing Outdoors here.
That’s about that! We stayed here early June so this is a catch up post! More soon!

There is so much to do in beautiful Coeur d’Alene & Spokane!

We are absolutely loving our time here in Coeur d’Alene, not only has the weather been fantastic but we have an amazing spot right on the Spokane River that we can walk to Within 4 minutes!!

Little girl. Big water. 

Being the outdoorsy type people that we are this is definitely a great place for us to be during the summertime. 

Being the disc golf junkies that we are we had to jump at the chance to play to play disc golf at Cherry Hill Park!

The disc golf course was quite impressive. It was filled with luscious Green Grass and lots of trees. However most of the holes are very long over 300 feet so this year walking was a bit too much for Annika. We did however make it to hole four! And the way the park was set up that was a very long distance!

Adjacent to the disc golf course was a local well-known Park so of course we had to go visit after playing disc golf. The day happened to be particularly hard at 89 degrees so most of the equipment was too hot to play much on but we still had fun!

The following day we went to one of the many beaches alongside Lake Coeur d’Alene. There were lots of people out enjoying the 90 degree weather and the locals are friendly with lots of kids. We went and sat on the beach for about two hours and had lots of fun.

After all that heat we started walking back to the car and happened to see Fort Sherman in the background. This is a massive custom-made local park so we had to stop by and see it!! When Annika saw it she started running across the field towards it and could not help herself, it was really cute…

Another awesome outdoor activity was going for a bike ride along Lake Coeur d’Alene Riverfront. This was the first time Hanukkah got on her tricycle and wanted to ride on the path all by herself which worked great because the path was completely flat and absolutely gorgeous. She did a great job of making it all the way down about a mile and then did about half the trip back then got too tired to ride her tricycle. The path was surprisingly unoccupied with the infrequent sound of cars passing by. It was gorgeous!

Where we parked happened to be under one of their awesome Bridges so we hung out for a bit while the sun set…

During our stay we have had the chance to go to two different restaurants and we were really happy we went to them. The service was great and the food was excellent. The first place we went to was O’Shea’s Pub which was an Irish Bar and Grill. This place was more of a dive bar and it only had a few locals in it but they had a huge patio outside with a nice big grass field next to it so it worked out with the kiddo!

We wanted to go to a local Brewing Company so we decided to go to Daft Badger Brewing. This place did not disappoint and had a great ambiance great food and even better beer. We really enjoyed this place as it had the feel of a nice Portland Pub.

We saw a charcuterie board for 12.95 and went for it. It was absolutely amazing and I would definitely get it again!!

The Ambiance was great!

Yes we ended up going to the beach 3 times the other day as well. It’s just something have to do when the river is so accessible from your Roaming Home!

Today we decided to go on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Spokane Washington. It is only about a 30 or 30 minutes or so drive across the Washington Idaho border so it is very accessible and a quick and beautiful drive. 

First thing is first we had to feed the kiddo because she was hungry so we ended up finding a spot right next to a pizza place that serves beer… So of course we had to go!!! David’s Pizza 🍕 was awesome!!

We wanted to see what Spokane was all about and it is definitely a Pacific Northwest City with older architecture that Portland used to have. Bike ride time at the Spokane Riverfront!!

Apparently there is a small island in Spokane where they have the riverfront park and this is the site they hosted the 1974 World’s Fair. It is a good size to ride on your bike with a kiddo or pets and take in the scenery! It’s about a 100 acre park.

We enjoyed the bike ride but got caught up in a rainstorm so we had to cut our trip short and head back home…
Bye Spokane! Only 2 days until we head into Canada!!! 

Blackwell Island RV resort on the water in Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Bye Oregon, thanks for the fun!

Hi Idaho, nice to meet you!

The drive here is beautiful!

We just pulled into this RV resort and wow! My socks are knocked off.

Here’s the view out the kitchen window

This RV park has an amazing custom built pond with both a small bridge and a large bridge to go over with custom-made bench seating area!

 Not only is the entire area as luscious as Western Oregon and Portland but the views are amazing the weather is phenomenal and I can’t believe I’ve never seen this part of Idaho before. We’re really excited to be here and can’t wait to see what the town has to hold!

Apparently they have a kids playground here too but we haven’t even been over there yet…

3 awesome days at Bridge RV Park in Hood River, Oregon!

Okay so technically the RV Park we reserved is in White Salmon Washington which is directly across the bridge that connects White Salmon to Hood River. the coolest part was that our RV park was overlooking the Columbia and Hood River with a nice short five minute drive home. Anyhow the drive from Portland to Hood River was very short 90 miles and easy and one of the most pleasurable drives we’ve had to date. Once you leave Eastern Portland on 84 west, you get into this area called The Gorge…

The Columbia Gorge is this amazing Green Valley with waterfalls and rivers and beautiful tall trees for a Hundred Mile Stretch or so. 

We did get a super awesome parking spot at the RV park which was overlooking the Columbia river and Hood River!

One of the craziest and scariest things that happened to us was crossing the bridge that connects Hood River to White Salmon. Allow me to explain… This bridge is very tiny and being a toll bridge there is quite a bit of traffic. But this is no ordinary Bridge mind you it is literally exactly a 16 ft wide so that means there’s the exact amount of room for two cars side-by-side and no more no less. In other words it is a very tight fit for the half-mile it stretches over the Columbia River. When you’re going over this toll bridge in an RV it can be quite terrifying to be honest. When I was looking out my window there was 4 inches between our wheels and the side of the bridge where our top heavy vehicle could easily just flip on over. Just look at this picture. The top mirror kind of shows it but the bottom right mirror really shows how close we were to disaster.

Not only that but there were also other large vehicles coming in the opposite direction of us so at one point Scott. 

So close that he brushed up against the bridge wall which was literally four feet tall. I’m not usually scared of much but everything combined thing that this is our entire home with everything in it and a sleeping kid in the back I think my heart rate went to about 2000 beats per minute LOL

We had a blast and Hood River but it is full of the things that we like so it was easy to keep busy. We found a disc golf course and played disc golf which was a lot of fun and we hit up several of the local breweries including Double Mountain

pfriem

Full-sail Brewing

We wanted to make it to session Brewing but time did not allow so when we went to a local grocery store we ended up buying a 12 pack of session to support the locals you know!

And I think that was it but there’s a dozen or so bars in the area that are very trendy fun and popular for all ages over 21.
We had a great time at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Not only do they have a Sandy Beach area that is not packed but they also have a fantastic handmade children’s play area with all these cool non-conventional playground pieces of equipment period we spent a few hours climbing the rock walls and sliding the slides and spinning around and enjoying the view until we got hungry.

The other thing that we got to do which was very fun was to take Anikka to a second Park in Hood River that had a very homemade by cub-scouts feel!

Anyhow Hood River is a small City located in the Gorge pretty much in the middle of it. It is very Progressive like Portland but has a small-town feel. Hood River is full of great breweries which we will talk about in a minute good restaurants beautiful parks and a great ambience. I would love to spend more time in Hood River but unfortunately we don’t have time to stay any longer!!

Best things to do in Portland Oregon!

Okay to be fair we did live in Portland for about 7 years so we definitely know the ins and outs of the city and the local places to go that are really awesome. So this is our recommendations if you’re ever in Portland for some of the best things to do there. There’s an abundance of indoor and outdoor activity depending on the season you arrive. If you’re there during the rainy season (which is nine months out of the year) I would suggest going to something indoors such as a science center, mall, restaurant, bar and grill or any other local event!

1. Visit friends 

If you have friends in the city, obviously go see them. Which is what we spent the majority of our time doing!

2. Go to a park!
There are dozens if not hundreds of parks throughout the city they’re absolutely gorgeous green and fun to visit. Most have kid friendly play equipment. A few suggestions for parks to visit include Alberta Park Laurelhurst Park Mount Tabor, and we visited Kelley Point Park which is along the Columbia River.

3. Go to a bar

This goes without saying as Portland is the microbrew capital of the u.s. Almost everywhere you go has local specialty beers with full range of flavors and they are absolutely amazing. Look up any bar just make sure it is not a dive bar unless you want that kind of ambience period you can find anything from El cheap local dive bar to a high-end restaurant at the top of a tower. A well-known local company is Mcminnamins Bar which have multiple locations around the city. Their restaurants are cool and unique because they do things like purchase old school buildings and convert them into a multiple bar system. They also have an indoor soaking pool to do during the day but there are most known for their restaurants and bars.

We went to Anchor Bar on Jantzen Beach and also Island Cafe which is at the end of a dock floating on the river.

I got the ahi tuna burger!

We also went to Vendetta Alberta Street Pub, and thirsty Lion in downtown..

spare room…

And Donny Vegas in the Alberta district…They are famous for their Frito pies…This is a popular spot anytime of day.

4. Play disc golf

Disc golf is extremely popular around Oregon and especially in Portland. If you don’t play disc golf you’re just not cool LOL

We played at Pier Park which is in northeast Portland due to the easy access from our RV park. However there are in abundance of courses throughout the city including Greenway Park, lunchtime, Rooster Rock, Horning’s Hideout, and many more. Most have elaborate and fun courses with lots of trees and long throws for anyone from beginner to expert and Pro. It is not uncommon to see people walking around drinking beers as well.

5. Go for a bike ride

In the city that is known to be extremely bike-friendly you can get literally just about anywhere on a bicycle. You can also take your bicycle on the max which is there high-speed train system if you need to get anywhere long distance. We opted to park downtown and ride our bikes along the riverfront all the way up to the brand new bridge which is called the Tillikum Bridge which is a bike walk and train bridge only so there are no Cars allowed across it at all. The entire ride was gorgeous and very safe. Highly recommended for a free day trip full of  GREAT views and lots of fun!!

6. Walk the Riverfront

Here are some pics during our bike ride in front of the Willamette River.

7. Eat!

I think this may be the best thing about Portland. Any platter that you get in Portland will be either local handmade Super Fresh or absolutely amazing and foreign. They have an abundance of Thai food places to eat and they are very reasonably priced for what you get. No I mean literally every single corner like how Starbucks is in Phoenix there is a Thai food place to eat at. Pick one look it up on Yelp get some reviews ask the locals and go eat. Not only is there Thai food there is good Mexican food Chinese food American food Sushi is everywhere and just about any other food you can think of so really grab a beer and go eat! Most of the Thai places you will eat at will ask you to order level of spiciness that you want on a scale from 1 to 5. I think Scott went with a four or five and really paid for it haha even three is pretty spicy for me.

We went to e-san Thai in downtown and we had great service, and awesome eats for $8.50 per plate. 

8. Voodoo Donuts
Yes this is what Portland is known for and honestly I’ve never had the donuts there but everybody says they’re amazing and they do all kind of Custom Creations so there is typically a line out the door so plan to wait for a while if you want to grab some donuts …. But it’s probably worth it!

9. Go to OMSI

OMSI is the Oregon Museum of Science and something else but more importantly it is an awesome place for Science and educational things for kids of all ages and even adults too. For me the most exciting exhibit a real submarine that they have sitting outside their facility in the Willamette River. I believe you have to pay for a tour of it but it is really really neat and totally worth the price. That tore itself lasts over an hour and they really spend time explaining details about it. But they also have a whole room dedicated to Hands-On learning and play equipment for toddlers up to age 7 or 8. So that’s where we spent most of our time and of course they had a huge sandbox stuff to crawl on and touch and feel is very Hands-On and Onika had a lot of fun there oh they had an awesome water play are for them too!!

10. Drive around the city

Portland is a very diverse City with all different areas to explore. The majority of the city is split up into Northeast northwest southeast and Southwest then there’s also Vancouver Washington. The drive around the entire Place could take from 2 hours to all day just depending on how many stops you make. You will cross the river several times and you can even make it out east to Beaverton, then back down the 26 into downtown for an evening drink. Just BE PREPARED FOR TRAFFIC!!



11. Visit Vancouver, WA

OKAY SO NUMBER 11 IS KIND OF A BONUS BECAUSE VANCOUVER WASHINGTON IS DEFINITELY NOT IN THE STATE OF OREGON HOWEVER IT IS A STONE’S THROW ACROSS THE RIVER SO IT MAY SO IT MAY BE WORTH THE TRIP! There are a number of things you can do in Vancouver including disc golf and wintler Park which is on the Columbia with lots of beautiful sand and easy beach access or you could go out east to Lacamas Lake for a beautiful bike! There are two routes to get from Portland to Vancouver and one of them is to take I-5 North across a bridge which frequently goes up and down stopping all traffic so it can be risky. The other way is to take the 205 bridge which is beautiful and typically Less Traveled. Both offer amazing views it’s totally worth the drive!

These are our favorite things to do in Portland, what are yours?

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