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Tue Aug 30 00:00:00 MDT 2016 - 30Aug2016 - Hiking Trek At Takakkaw Falls

Takakkaw Falls, northeast of Field, British Columbia on the Yoho National Park, will certainly leave you in awe with its tremendous thunder plunging from above at a height of 1246 ft with a 833ft freefall. It is the second highest falls in Western Canada. Standing up to its name, a Cree word meaning "the magnificient", Takakkaw Falls is fed by the Daly Glacier above with water flow at its peak during the month of July when glacial meltwater is running freely. Access to this falls is limited to smaller vehicles because of its steep and very tight switchbacks with one particular one formed like a hairpin.

Sat Aug 27 00:00:00 MDT 2016 - 27Aug2016 - Testing the Waters? - Searching What's The Best Long Term

The search has started...

what the industry says, what owners say, consumer feedback, forums, quality, long term realibility, driving comfort, manufacturer's service backing and commitment, ratings, preferred make & model, floorplans, preferred length, manufacturer's reputation, engine HP and pulling power, equipment, safety equipment, slide outs, roof reliability, awnings, body build, basement height & storage, tag axle, conveniences and appliances, interior design & coverings, controls, flooring, floor heating options, water heating type, cleanout conveniences, privacy & security, generator options, AquaHot feature, and our list goes on.  etc etc etc.

This is it, the search and countdown is on!

...Gotta upgrade my drivers license for Air-brake endorsement too!

 

Sun Aug 21 00:00:00 MDT 2016 - 21Aug2016 - Going-To-The-Sun Road, Montana

We spent the evening in the quiet town of Whitefish, Montana.

After a nice breakfast we proceeded to the Hungry Horse Dam in Columbia Falls and then off to Lake MacDonald and then back to climbing Going-To-The-Sun Road for more spectacular scenery.

Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic mountain road in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States, in Glacier National Park in Montana. It is a driving highlight not to be missed! This road spans about 80kms and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, the highest point of the park at an elevation of 6,646 feet, traversing almost every type of terrain, from impressive glaciers, beautiful valleys, cedar forests, cascading waterfalls, rivers and creeks, towering mountains to windswept alpine tundra atop the pass, and ocassional wildlife sightings.

This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road is winding and in many places bordered on one side by cliffs and on the other side by a drop of hundreds of feet, sometimes unprotected by guardrails. This engineering marvel spans through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana. Breathtaking and scary at times! This two lane road is quite narrow at times and winding, especially west of Logan Pass

Sat Aug 20 00:00:00 MDT 2016 - 20Aug2016 - Waterton and Going-To-The-Sun Road, Montana

Itinerary for today:  Pincher Creek to Waterton National Park Alberta, then off to the sourht of the border - to Going-To-The-Sun Road in Montana. Our basecamp, will be Whitefish, Montana.

About 2 years ago, while travelling to Kalispell, Montana, we attempted to take Going-To-The-Sun Road but had to take a detour as the road was still closed because of too much snow. This time was perfect - amazingly less busy! Perfect for a drive - on a cabriolet!

Going-to-the-Sun Road is a scenic mountain road in the Rocky Mountains of the western United States, in Glacier National Park in Montana. It is a driving highlight not to be missed! This road spans about 80kms and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, the highest point of the park at an elevation of 6,646 feet, traversing almost every type of terrain, from impressive glaciers, beautiful valleys, cedar forests, cascading waterfalls, rivers and creeks, towering mountains to windswept alpine tundra atop the pass, and ocassional wildlife sightings. You can actually see glaciers from the road.

Completed in 1932, the Going-to-the-Sun Road is a spectacular paved two-lane road that bisects the park east and west. Scenic viewpoints and pullouts line the road, so motorists can stop for extended views and photo opportunities. The road is well worth traveling in either direction, as the view from one side of the road is much different than from the other. In 1983 Going-To-The-Sun Road was included in the National Register of Historic Places and in 1985 was made a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. The road is winding and in many places bordered on one side by cliffs and on the other side by a drop of hundreds of feet, sometimes unprotected by guardrails. This engineering marvel spans through the park's wild interior, winding around mountainsides and treating visitors to some of the best sights in northwest Montana. Breathtaking and scary at times! This two lane road is quite narrow at times and winding, especially west of Logan Pass. Long, wide or tall vehicles are not permitted here because of the hairpin turns and low overhang of rocks overhead. Dedicated in 1933, officials named the road after a local mountain. It's also a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

Due to the mountainous terrain of the highway, it is only open seasonally. Opening and closing dates depend on weather.

It's one of the most scenic drives in the world!

 

 

Sat Aug 6 23:21:18 MDT 2016 - 05Aug2016 - Hiking In Canmore

For safety, we've packed our hiking gears with bear spray and bear bells - and off we go. Destination for today? Grassi Lakes up in Canmore, about 1 hour 30mins from our place via scenic route, Highway #1A.

After a quick lunch in downtown Canmore, we proceeded straight to the Nordic Center but found ourselves heading back to the town. Apparently, there has been an unusual abundance of berries up the trail -- and of course, an unusual number of bears too in the area that Grassi trails has to be closed indefinitely.

Instead, we spent the afternoon at the short hiking trails at the back of the town. We've been to Canmore so many times, yet we really haven't paid any attention to the trails close to the town. It is still a good easy hike along the river...

 

Sat Aug 6 17:00:00 MDT 2016 - 06Aug2016 - The Day We Let Go Our Guard

Rain, thunderstorms, hail and weather warnings have dominated the weather story for July across central and southern Alberta, including Calgary.

Rain at this time of year is not unusual. July is typically the second wettest month in Calgary, averaging 65.5 mm of precipitation, but this July has been exceptional. It already has exceeded the average totals for July.

The worse thing about this particular month is that almost everyday there were risks of severe thunderstorms - and for that matter, we've rigged up tarps that were ready to roll and snap into place at specific locations across our yard. However this particular day of August 6th, we managed somehow to let go our guard. Just when we thought would be just rain, turned out to be hail after a very heavy downpour start. The marble-sized hail was more than enough to shred our plants into pieces!

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