Some of you may have been asking the question wondering if we dropped off the face of the earth? We are well, and since my last post about our visit to Crater Lake NP back in July, we have continued our travels through Oregon, Washington and into Canada. The RV and CR-V are performing marvelously, and we have settled into a routine of life on the road. We’ve not only been to many parks and places that we’ve always wanted to see, but met new friends and some relatives of mine whom I have never met!
I have been writing a journal (with paper and pen) keeping a record of our travels, and been taking lots of pictures, but the process of doing the blog takes a great deal of time and lacking good internet access in most locations, I’ve fallen so far behind that I’m not going to be able to catch up and continue with the detailed posts that I had hoped to send out. So for now, I’ll do my best to give you a summary of the past 7 weeks.
On July 22 we camped at Seaquest State Park near Mt St. Helens NM and from Johnson Ridge viewed the volcano that erupted so violently in 1980. We stayed a couple of nights in Mt Rainier NP, and a week in the Olympic NP. There we walked the beaches, hiked the Hoh Rainforest and saw Mt. Olympus from Hurricane Ridge. A highlight was staying a couple of days at Sol Duc Hot Springs where we enjoyed soaking in 104 degree water to sooth our tired bones. One day we took the CR-V on the ferry from Port Angeles to Whidbey Island and drove all the way up to Deception Pass. On August 2nd, we stayed with my Sister in Poulsbo for a few days and celebrated Carolyn’s Birthday. Next up was Kanaskat-Palmer Washington State Park and then North Cascades NP, where glacial water rivers and lakes are unbelievable.
On August 9th we crossed into Canada and met Jack and Cathy, distant cousins in Kelowna, BC who are the most wonderful people and gave us a tour to great wineries that are in the area. Then we headed North and to Jasper NP, Banff NP and Waterton Lakes NP. Truly, pictures and words cannot fully describe the Canadian Rockies. Among these mountains and lakes are hot springs resorts that are our new places that are “must stops” to relax!
On August 22nd we really started our trek East across Canada on the trans Canada Highway, with one night stops in Medicine Hat, Alberta and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Then we spent a couple of days in Brandon, SK, and connected with cousins that are related to my grandmother on my mother’s side, Mamie McKay Jensen. Sue-On and Bill, and Laurence and Christine were very gracious to invite us into their homes, feed us meals, and give us tours around the small farming towns in the area where my mother, Lois Munroe Jensen was born and raised until the age of about 11, before moving to Modesto, CA.
On August 26 we stopped two nights and visited the “BIG” city of Winnipeg before going to Fort William Historic Park on Thunder Bay, Ontario. Here we toured the “Fort” (not a military fort), that was the Trading Post built by the North West Company on the Bow River, where “voyageurs” (native and French trappers) brought their pelts and traded for goods and tools in the 1870’s.
Continuing across Ontario, we stayed August 30-31 at Rabbit Blanket Prov. Park on the North side of Lake Superior and September 1-2 at Chutes Prov. Park, North of Lake Huron. September 3-4 we stayed in Algonquin Prov. Park, Ontario’s oldest and largest park, which at one time had a National Park status. There are SO MANY lakes and streams in Ontario, they have trouble naming them all.
Well, without any pictures and without much detail, that’s where we’ve been up through September 4th. We still have the really big cities of Toronto, Niagra Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec coming up. Hopefully, I’ll post a bit more frequently to let you know how the Great RV Adventure is going. We’ve been missing all you friends and family back home. Please comment or send us an email to let us know how you are. Thanks for tuning in.
Best to all, Bob n Care