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Home is wherever we are. 2 adults plus toddler.

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

Currently at the annual Calgary Stampede!!

This is so much bigger than we could have ever imagined. Not only do we get to go to the annual parade (2nd largest in North America with 150k+ attendees) but we are live at the Stampede now. It’s like a carnival but so so so much bigger … like City sized space dedicated to party!!

We were at the parade from about 8 a.m. until noon… They said over 700 horses walked today!!!

Finally the 4 hour parade was over…and  a this was the only day with free entrance to the stampede…so off we went!!

We had to take the metro…which was packed liked sardines…so it got a bit warm to say the least…

Anyhow, we made it after about 3 LONG train stops and 20 minutes…anikka did great!!!

We walked in….for free!! It’s normally $60 per person…Here’s the gate area…the. We were so tired we immediately found a beer garden to relax!!

There is sooooooo much to do here!!!

So much fun!!!

Then…we had to get back to the west side of Calgary…by train…

On the way back out!!

The train station!!

Theb anikka started taking pics on the train.

Aaaaah!!! We made it. Home sweet roaming home.

Spending Canada Day (150 years!) In Calgary, Alberta

So…it’s a city…a big city….much larger than anticipated…bigger than Portland but with a similar vibe… young demographic… downtown feels like San Francisco size…

We are staying at Calgary West RV Park…which was empty when we arrived…now completely full with the long 3-day weekend and Canada Day…

We spent a day downtown the same day we arrived to check it out…



Chilling…

Day 1…

Apparently they had a ski jump for the Olympics in 1988.

A day at bowness park along Bow river.


Yes!! More great views!

Today we went to the Bow Station fish hatchery…




They had this awesome interactive display that anikka played with for ever!!! BTW, since it was Canada day we had the ENTIRE PLACE TO OURSELVES!!!


Scott thought this was hilarious…





We fed the fish on a tour…


Yes…. So me…

Anyhow… On to celebrate with a bike ride along the riverfront all the way to Prince Island


No horses sadly lol


Sooooooo many people… I mean….SOOOOOOO MANY.

Calgary tower…streets shut down…

Gorgeous rainbow over downtown…

More to come in Calgary…one more week here!! I can’t wait to see what we do next!!

The most amazing & beautiful hidden Canadian gem…Canmore, Alberta

The drive from Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia to Canmore in Alberta was gorgeous to say the least. One of the first times we went through was Radium Hot Springs where we saw a small herd of bighorn sheep Side of the Mountain after going through a ginormous Canyon

Then we started heading up a few Hills once we get into Kooteney National Park where are we thought the RV was on fire..

The drive total was about 3 hours and we crossed provinces from British Columbia into Alberta. The windy and slightly hilly roads were gorgeous and we were lost in Banff National Park.

This is where we started seeing the world-renowned turquoise color water, like nothing on the US… Glacier water simply melting into the rivers…

And then…our FIRST SIGN FOR BANFF!!!

More glacier water… Out of this world…

Finally crossed into Alberta!!

We saw a black bear alongside the road!! Luckily all along the trans-canadian highway they have very tall fencing to help prevent the wildlife from Crossing into the highway. They also have these really cool Natural Bridges for the animals…

omg signs for Jasper national park and yoho national park!!!

Then we pulled into the town of Canmore which is just outside of Banff and truly a Hidden Gem with a population of about 3,000 and surrounded by the most gorgeous peaks in mountains you will ever see!!

We stayed at Spring Creek RV park. A busy park with a mix of rv and trailers but ok overall and we always felt safe…I mean it’s Canada c’mon lol…

They had a nice playground there but not much amenities for the kiddo besides that. That didn’t matter anyhow because there are so many bike trails and outdoor activities we stayed busy almost Non-Stop. The only downside about the park was the lack of Wi-Fi which we quickly subsidized with many visits to Starbucks…

So much cold water around!!!

I got lost on a bike ride by the RV park and decided to take one final photo in case I did not find my way back…

Canmore has a weekly Farmers Market which we just happened to run into when we were walking around downtown one day…

We stopped for beer here…. Canadians know some good beer…I guess you have to when it gets so cold.

Picnic at the park downtown.

Awesome artwork allover!

One of the days we went for a bike ride along the Bow River…

Wow!!!!

Unbelievable beauty.. untouched…

Just a normal day in Canada.

We looked like tourists…yes…

Bike ride!!!

Rest stop…

No big deal…just my dream home…

Ugh I could die waking up to this view every day.

I got tired so Scott had to ride with anikka…

That water tho!!!

One of the places we went to was the Nordic Center on the side of the mountain which was just a few miles north of the town and was a training center for the Olympics back in 1988.. we went for the DISC GOLF!!

Frolf!!

It was a HUGE course.. we made it through about 7 holes which felt like 10 miles with all the hills we had wat then Annika started to get tired so we had to walk back which was another mile back to the car.

Nice view from hole 14…

We did end up passing a cool BMX bike track which is at the Nordic Center also.

Somewhere in between this time was our trip to Lake Louise, Lake Moraine, Lake Minnewanka and to the upper Banff Hot Springs but that was on a separate blog because I figured it would be such a big adventure. Much of the stuff we did in town was child-friendly of course so we went to two of their big main Parks which were Centennial Park and Millennium Park. 

Play time in perfect 65 degree summer sun!

Both offered amazing views, bunnies…yes wild bunnies run the town…and elk!! Lots of elk!


Anyhow, i realize this blog is entirely too long but I have to catch up on everything we have done!!

Next was a day at the river…

Some random street art during a bike ride…


Aaahhhhh waking up to this was heavenly…

One of the last places we ate was Rose and Crown. The only reason we went is because we saw a kids play area in back…boy we’re we surprised….they had a fenced off play area with like 4 children play kitchens and breathtaking views…

Had the entire patio to ourselves…

Sad day, but we finally had to leave Canmore…I miss you already!!!

On to Calgary, which is a much larger metro with over 1 million people…quite the change in atmosphere…

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!

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