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Home is where we park. 2 adults plus toddler.

A quick stay in Red Deer, Alberta Canada

The drive from Waterton Lakes to Red Deer was long…almost too long, but not quite. Our little one did great on the drive thanks to my old iPhone which now serves as a gaming station!

It took about 5 hours with the RV towing the toad and we were relieved to get here. We did enjoy passing through Calgary again and reminisced about the Stampede, the parade and Canada 150 year celebration…we felt like we were not such rookies here anymore as we can get around Calgary pretty well now and it’s the largest city in Alberta.

Although it’s a quick stay in Red Deer we like the feel of this city and are a little bummed to be leaving so quickly. Even the WiFi is great so that’s a plus!
Here’s pulling into Westerner RV park which is located near the southern part of the city.

Spot 85! This park is shaded, clean, and has a great playground so we’re all happy here.

The overall temperature is much more bearable here, being that it’s so far north…it’s been a perfect 75 all day so we don’t need to run the air conditioning.

We haven’t done much except food shop at Sobeys, disc golf, and work…But! Anikka and I finally got to do something REALLY fun here…. swim at an aquatic centre.

It’s called the Colicutt Centre, and is a multi functional sports center complete with full gym, basketball, full gymnasium, and pool area. 

It was huge inside!! But I guess it’s more busy in winter when it’s dead ass cold.

This place has a full wave pool, toddler water playground, lazy river, bubble zone, water fountain, and 2 giant hot tubs!

One of the best things about Canada is places never really get as busy as in the states…we feel like we get to do more here with less crowds.

We swam almost 2 hours!!

The gym…

Happy…but tired…

A blurry panorama…

Indoor gymnasium…packed with teenagers..

They even had an amazing toddler playground but was too tired after the swimming…
Off to Edmonton tomorrow!!

Where in the world have we been?

This is our ongoing list of cities/RV Parks we have stayed at starting April 17, 2017.

Phoenix, AZ, Desert Shadows RV Resort, about 5 days

Beaumont, CA, Country Hills RV Park, 3 days

Coarsegold, CA, Yosemite RV Resort, about 10 days

Granite Bay, CA, stayed with family, 2 weeks

Redding, CA, Green Acres RV Park, 4 days

Ashland, OR, Glenyan RV Park & Campground, 5 days

Portland, OR, Jantzen Beach RV Park and Columbia River RV Park, 1 week

Hood River, OR, Bridge RV Park & Campground, 3 days

Umatilla, OR, Umatilla Marina RV Park, about 5 days

Coeur d’Alene, ID, Blackwell Island RV Park, about 1 week

Cranbrook, BC, Canada, Mount Baker RV Park, about 1 week

Fairmont Hot Springs RV Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada, 5 days

Canmore, Alberta, Canada, Spring Creek RV Campground, about 10 days

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Calgary West Campground, 10 days

Fernie, Alberta, Canada, Fernie RV Resort, about 1 week

Whitefish/Coram, Montana, North American RV Park, 10 days

Waterton Lakes National Park, Albert, Canada, Waterton Springs Campground, 1 week

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Westerner RV Campground, 3 days

More soon!

Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta Canada

The day after Anikkas birthday we left Montana for a second stretch in Canada. After the initial 38 day venture in BC and Alberta we really fell in love with Canada and got back as soon as possible! This time we drove south around Glacier National Park through Black Feet Indian territory into Canada through Big Chief border crossing. Waterton Lakes National Park is a UNESCO World heritage site and has world class reasons why!

Here’s the drive…some was nice some was boring… Once we got into Canada the views were spectacular!!

Montana…

Blah…

Canada in sight!!

Some water feature…

An awesome mountain in glacier! But Canada border…

Yes!!!! Goal!!!

Border crossing…they were very nice!

Back into Canada eh!

Into the park…

So much yes!!!

Water! 

Pulling into Waterton Springs RV Park..about 15 minutes outside of Waterton Village.

Here we are in spot 43 for a week!

We have gone into Waterton Lakes at least 10 times but it is small with 100 people that live here year round. It is a seasonal village but beyond gorgeous. Hidden in the rocky mountains and vast lakes…

We went for a drive and bike ride to Cameron Waterfalls which is in the village..

We ate at Trappers Grill.

Pizza…

Happy girl!

We took in the views! Looking south toward glacier national park. The parks a connected…

There is one main road here so we’ve walked it 10 times…lots of shopping, ice cream, coffee, treats etc.

So majestic…

We had 2 pitchers at Zums Restaurant along the main strip…

Looking out at Middle Waterton Lakes.

The view out…
Part of the drive in to Waterton.

There’s a local bison paddock too!

Up close with Mike bison…

Crooked shot I know…here’s where the prairie meets the mountains…

We did a local well known hike called Bears Hump which is only 1 hour but vertical climb of 1000+ feet and quite challenging with a toddler. But we made it!

#worthit

It was SOOOOOO WINDY!

Currently obsessed with binoculars…

We made little friends…
Breathtaking views…

There is a 30 Min conservation site at the RV park so we walked it a few times…

Nice trail!

The RV park below…


And a playground…

The second time we walked it…


Finally this morning we went on a 2 1/4 hour boat ride and tour into Goat Haunt Montana along the Waterton Lakes. It was epic.

Here’s our Monday morning rush hour.

Epic

Cruising along.

On land…

Back in Montana for 30 Min on land.

Then back to Canada via boat.

The Prince of Wales Lodge is so unique and pretty, the way it sits at the top of a hill overlooking the townsite is beyond words.

All done with the boat tour…back to the town for a snack.

Some local waterpark action…

More sunning views…

Enjoying a beer while blogging at the Thirsty Bear Social House! Bye Waterton! 

Celebrating a 3 year olds birthday!

We decided initially to spend her bday in Whitefish and Kalispell Montana instead of Canada just because there is more to do in the larger towns… Here’s how the day went…

She woke up to this in the RV…100 emoji balloons in the RV lol

A few presents and some were hidden! She still hasn’t opened them all but we are intentionally spreading them out.

Her peppa pig present from aunty…

Quality time with dad.

Happy mom and bday girl! Next stop was City Beach in Whitefish.

Bubbles!!

We found a shady spot around 10 am and anikka must have carries 10 buckets of water to make a most!

We all played on the beach and built sandcastles and lakes.

After a few hours and anikka first kayak ride…

we all decided to grab a snack at McKenzie River Pizza Co. In Kalispell.

The purple pizza looks funny but was sooooooo good!!

It was a mix of a sweet Huckleberry cream and pine nuts… surprisingly good! Plus beer was $3.50 each!! Yay for happy hour.

Cool decor and great ambiance.

Nicely done!

She was a happy 3 year old!

Back to the RV for more presents!!

Scott enjoyed murdering the balloons lol

We spend the remainder of the evening at the RV park playground with a friend anikka had made friends with, a 4 year old Brooklyn…they ran and played and had cupcakes!

Then we had a tired girl. 

The Going-To-The-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana

Ok so we did it! This was honestly the most beautiful part of the entire state. Especially after the vast beauty in Canada…we had initially been rather disappointed with the overall Montana experience…let alone the issues we had with the car and a few rather rude folks…this was the view and feel we needed to get us back in the spirit!

So this famous road to the sun is a 50 mile windy, narrow and steep road which goes up to 6500 feet and literally feels like your driving into the sun. We left around 7pm so it was cool and we had high hopes to see animals out.

Here’s the start…it’s about a 30 Min drive through the national park just to start the ascent.

Anikka fell asleep…so we enjoyed the quiet lol


Finally some amazing views!!

Here’s only a quarter of the way up…looking east as the sun set.


So pretty…

Here you can see the windy road clinging onto the edge of the mountains…

So narrow!!!

So steep!!!

Still climbing…

More views…

A glacier!!

Here’s probably the widest part of the road.

Woah!

Our second pull off… Mountain goats!

It was a mom, dad, and baby goat.


A view point near the goats. We were above the tree line here.

Evidence I made it.

Here’s Logan’s pass…and locals!! We ran into a group of 10-15 big horn sheep!

They walked around the parking lot and got about 15-20 feet away from us in the car…a bit intimidating…they are big!!!


Guess who woke up!! Logan’s pass is behind us. It was cold and we didn’t have jackets so we didn’t stay out long.

Looking east.

Heres the famous weeping wall…it’s crazy! Literally the 80 feet of wall is leaking water.

This water fall looks like a staircase and was over 200 feet tall but hard to tell by the pictures…

Sunset!!

Lake McDonald in the dusk…

Aaaand back to the RV park by 1030pm

Back to the US! Montana here we come!

The drive down to Montana was very pretty but we were very sad to leave Canada. 

We had a quick reminder of how inefficient some of our systems are when we waited in line for nearly 45 minutes to get back into our own country, Ben got grilled with questions as to why we were in Canada, and then Scott found out he had an expired passport so Luckily everything was smooth and we got back in…

Ridiculous…

Anyhow…the rest of the drive was easy…

We are staying at North American RV park just outside of Whitefish Montana.

Guess who found the playground??

Parked in spot h16…

We did not get much chance to explore but we did go out to grab a quick drink and went for a nice drive around town.

Back slope brewery…

A short drive over the dam.

So today we had the intent just to go to the post office in West Glacier, but as we were leaving we discovered a fuel leak in the car which completely changed our plans. We ended up waiting around for a few hours for a tow truck and are now currently out of a vehicle. the good thing is that we got to explore West Glacier a bit and have some fun on the river while we waited.

Here’s scott on the phone with the towing company…

We walked to flat head river…

We saw tons of fish!!!

Back to the car…

Lucky the driver was nice enough to drop us off at the RV park before taking the car to the shop in whitefish…

Bye car!! If we’re lucky we’ll have the car fixed by the weekend with a minimum of $300 in Damages….ugh lol. 

Lots of outdoor time in Fernie BC

Well, we love Canada.

We spent nearly the entire time in Fernie outdoors…which is what we love!!

Tons of bike rides…they have so many rec trails along the river and around the town.


This is elk River…

We went to a fruit stand… Spent $10 on 2 lbs of local cherries!

We went up to the alpine ski lodge just 5 Min south of town…


I bet it’s gorgeous during winter!!

A couple pics of the RV park….


Here’s the main local park we played at…and later came back for the weekly farmers market…

A real train for the kids to climb on…

Then we took the 20 Min drive north to Sparwood where we visited the world’s largest truck!!

Anikka for contrast…she’s 3 feet tall…






Anikka doing some yoga…

Fernie had an awesome aquatic center…

We swam for a few hours…

It was only $5 per person to swim and anikka was free!

Nice sunny days!!

Back up to the alpine lodge. We thought they had a carnival but no luck…

Still had fun…

Nice views…

Then we went to Island Lake lodge where justin bribery rents out a cottage for a month each year AND Justin Timberlake had his birthday last year!! It’s hidden deep in the woods after a 2 mile drive…



Deep in the woods…

Finally we took turns riding bikes down hill toward town while one of us drove…


Then we found an awesome bridge over the river so we stopped to play for a bit.



This is a local Rec area right in town where people swim and play in The Lakes. The water was very clean and clear.



We got to see a fantastic double rainbow over the RV Resort before we left. What a gift!!


Finally, we went to the farmers market!!

Anikka got a tattoo!!

Temporary of course…

Aaaand back to the park…

Fernie pub and brewery…

We ate anikka macaroni lol she ate the veggies!

I ended up ordering what was called a Caesar. It’s basically a Canadian bloody Mary with some oyster juice mixed in. It was really good!!

My early morning bike ride…

Gorgeous skies

Byeeeee Fernie!!!

Onward to the states! Montana and glacier national park here we come!!

Back to beautiful British Columbia mountains for a week in Fernie!

So the drive from Calgary to Fernie was a bit longer than we had expected. Even using Google Maps to help navigate the trip ended up taking over 4 hours, this was mostly do to a few roadblocks and because we had to drive slow going up and down the hills to get into the mountains again. 

Bye Calgary!

We actually thought we had taken a wrong turn because we ended up taking a small Farm Road that cut across some beautiful fields. Canada has some amazing farmland so here is the gentle progression from Calgary back up into the mountains..

Tons of flowers in bloom!

More flat…

This is the worst traffic we have seen in months LOL!! It was a 10 minute delay…

Finally! A hill!!

Getting more terrain…

Yes!! A river!!! Elk Valley River…

And then…bam!! Fernie.

Fernie RV Resort. Apparently this is the newest RV Resort in British Columbia right now!!

What have we done? Well, we Googled some restaurants and ended up going to a place called with The Loaf. They had an awesome outdoor patio, they were kid friendly, and they had an awesome selection of beer and pizza!

Yum!!!

They also have a gorgeous disc golf course here so we went yesterday to play. We played about 8 holes and then saw a big storm coming (and kid needed a nap!)

Today we woke up to heavy clouds and some drizzle outside. It’s actually really pretty and you cannot see the mountains just the giant trees lining the sky right now. Not sure what we have planned today except a little bit of work but I’m sure will be outdoors doing something fun soon!!

The view from our bedroom…

Official list of places we have stayed in our Roaming Home

I will try to keep this updated with RV parks soon too!

PHOENIX, ARIZONA, April 2017

BEAUMONT, CALIFORNIA, April 2017

COARSE GOLD, CALIFORNIA, April 2017

GRANITE BAY, CALIFORNIA, May 2017

REDDING, CALIFORNIA, May 2017

ASHLAND, OREGON, May 2017

PORTLAND, OREGON, May 2017

HOOD RIVER, OREGON, May 2017

UMATILLA, OREGON, June 2017

COEUR D’ALENE, IDAHO, June 2017

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLOMBIA, June 2017

FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS, BRITISH COLOMBIA, June 2017

CANMORE, ALBERTA, June 2017

CALGARY, ALBERTA, July 2017

FERNIE, BRITISH COLOMBIA, July 2017

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