Roaming Through Retirement



June 2018


June--Back with Family

This picture is of us at Lake Moraine in the Canadian Rockies.  Carmen, Mike, Dakota, Sierra and Hunter joined us on a 12-day, 800-mile RV road trip through some of the most breadth taking scenery in North America. 

June 2018
June 2018
After spending ten weeks touring South America, we flew from Quito, Ecuador to LAX and took this picture at 35,000 feet flying over a lightning storm near Panama.  Back in sunny California with Carmen's family and their awesome pool and hot tub in the backyard.  It is now a magnet for friends--young and old alike. 
June 2018
June 2018
After a few days of relaxation, Mike and Larry took a road trip in the Ford with stops in Oakland, CA to visit Chuck and Jean and here in Salem, OR to visit Larry's sister Claudia and Lou.  What a great road trip! We had the RV worked on over the winter months and were quite pleased with the results.  All the pleated day/night blinds were replaced with roller shades and guests will have the comfort of this new hide-a-bed. 
June 2018
June 2018
Glorine, Dakota and Sierra flew from LAX to Portland where we started a "pre-holiday" with them through Oregon, Washington, Idaho to the Canadian Rockies.    These pictures were taken in downtown Spokane along a great city park that lined both sides of Spokane's waterfalls. 
June 2018
June 2018
Dakota and Sierra decided to join these man-made runners which was one of several awesome art works that dotted the downtown landscape.  The next day, we had lunch in Bayview, Idaho a city that has extended itself onto the lake with homes and restaurants that float on the lake.  Cool!
June 2018
June 2018
The kids had to dig out their passports as we crossed the border into Canada.  Pretty uneventful, but exciting for the kids to experience another country.  Our little Dakota enjoyed a dip in the natural hot springs in the city of Radium Hot Springs.  The complex came with a cold pool for swimming. 
June 2018
June 2018
After missing an opportunity to take pictures of a black bear and three brown bears, we made sure we were not going to miss these mountain goats.  Wild animals are taken very seriously in the Canadian National Parks.  These bridges were designed and built exclusively for them to safely cross the highways.
June 2018
June 2018
This site is where Banff, Canada's first national park, got started back in 1885.  A couple of prospectors fell upon a hole in the ground and the rest is history. The hole lead to a natural sulphur hot springs.  After much debate, the government choose to keep this priceless piece of land for itself.  Poor prospectors!!
June 2018
June 2018
The national parks have their own version of a Junior Ranger program, which the kids took advantage of. They were better acquainted with Canada than us.  The hot springs drew quite the enthusiasm from the Canadian Railroad that built this Fairmont hotel to give passengers a rich experience of the Canadian Rockies. 
June 2018
June 2018
This photo op was taken on the back side of the Banff Fairmont Hotel along the shores of the Bow River that carved out the awesome Bow Valley.   We spent one morning hiking the Johnston Creek Canyon, a narrow canyon that is accessible thanks to this walkway suspended from the canyon walls. 
June 2018
June 2018
At the end of the walkway, Carmen's family posed for this picture as they gazed at the waterfalls, snow and swift current below.    As we walked back down the canyon, we ran into these kids from Argentina.  What gave them away was the "Matte Cup," along with a thermos.  A big hit there!
June 2018
June 2018
It was a cold day as we toured Lake Louise, one of Canada's top treasures.  Our photographer didn't capture the lake as good as we expected.  As we hiked 3-1/2 miles to Lake Louise Tea House, we got to see the sharp emerald colors that make this lake so spectacular.
June 2018
June 2018
We made several stops along the way for the California kids to enjoy snow.  We climbed 1,300 feet to get to the Tea House serving guests since 1905. The warm tea house hit the spot as we sat and enjoyed sandwiches and hot tea overlooking the valley below.  The bill was a shock, but then again it was Canadian $.
June 2018
June 2018
This picture is the Lake Louise Fairmont with a great view of the lake.  This statue is of a Swiss mountaineers who helped design the national park. One of our favorite spots is Lake Moraine.  While much smaller than Lake Louise, the ten mountains that overlook the beautiful blue-green waters make it so grand.   
June 2018
June 2018
Our next stop was in the Columbian Icefield formed some 240,000 years ago.  The icefield is make up of six massive interconnecting glaciers.    We took this massive vehicle to get to the top of the Athabasca Glacier, the most accessible and visited glacier in North America.
June 2018
June 2018
This glacier is 3-1/2 miles long, 2-1/2 square miles and between 90 to 300 feet deep.  Unfortunately, it is receding 15 feet every year. No global warming here!? We stopped to walk along the glass bottom Glacier Skywalk.  Melting snow runs in three different directions, to the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
June 2018
June 2018
The Athabasca River started out as a trickle, but turned into a swift current that honed into and reshaped these rocks over the past million years or so.   Part of this reshaping created beautiful waterfalls like the one behind this scenic overlook as the river keeps forging northward to the Artic Ocean. 
June 2018
June 2018
This part of the river is used mostly for rafting.  Note the white dot where the white rock meets the green forest on the left.  It is an old mountain goat.  On a rainy day, midway through our trip, we decided to catch up with laundry.  We found this cool coffee shop/laundromat where time flew pretty fast. 
June 2018
June 2018
As we entered the RV park, we caught a picture of this perfect rainbow.  If you look close, you will see a double rainbow.  Elk make themselves at home in this RV park, or should we say that we make ourselves at home in their park. 
June 2018
June 2018
About a 20-minute drive from the campground is Malign Lake, where we took an hour boat cruise from one end of the lake to the other.  After the cruise, we saw this moose swim across the Malign River and walk along the shore line.  It was an awesome sight. 
June 2018
June 2018
We spent a couple of hours hiking along Malign Canyon, another extremely narrow but extremely deep gorge.   The colors of the water, trees, bushes and rocks were spectacular.  Shortly after this picture was taken, it rained which made for a different hike back to the car. 
June 2018
June 2018
Mt Whistler sits a mile or so out of Jaspar.  We took this gondola to the top of the mountain to get a grander view of the valley below. Once on top we did a 45-minute hike to the summit.  The views in all directions were awesome.  This picture is of Jasper. Note it is in the shape of a "J".
June 2018
June 2018
We spent one night in Edmonton, where we focused our time at the Fort Edmonton Park.  It had four parts frontier, pioneer, roaring 20s to a modern city.    The frontier times focused on fur trapping and the life of those who lived here during those years.  We all agreed this was not a time that we would have wanted to live. 
June 2018
June 2018
The park had lots of employees, many of whom dressed and played in character.  Here the kids road a buck wagon through town.   Our final destination was Calgary, where we started the day celebrating Father's Day at this cool neighborhood restaurant.
June 2018
June 2018
In an attempt to revitalize the downtown area, the city set up these colorful pods that vendors could rent and set up shop.  Very trendy.  We toured Calgary's Olympic Plaza built in 1988.  The kids are overlooking the only refrigerated ice surface in the city, which they later used to wade through. 
tJune 2018
June 2018
The Calgary Stampede Park looks like an oversized state fairgrounds in the states.  A marching band was practicing with the Saddledome as their backdrop.  From here, Mike flew back to CA and Carmen and the kids stayed with us through MN.  In route, we toured the underground world of Al Capone in Moose Jaw. 
June 2018
June 2018
Don't see this everyday.  A new manufactured home being delivered.  It blocked traffic in both directions for an hour, but the kids got a kick watching it.  Next stop was a border crossing from Manatoba into North Dakota, in the heart of the Turtle Mountains,  where we toured the International Peace Gardens.
June 2018
June 2018
The 3-1/2  square-mile park is a large complex of gardens, pools and walkways.  This floral clock was donated by Bolivia in 1966.  Great photo op.   A few miles down the road from the park, the kids got to play on Tommy the Turtle, build as the largest turtle in the world. 
June 2018
June 2018
Next stop was Rugby North Dakota, noted as the geographic center of North America.  New calculations puts the center 145 miles southwest of here.  North Dakota also boasts of having the largest Buffalo (Bison) in the world.  The kids had a field day at the frontier park, that also boasts of having two white buffalos. 
June 2018
June 2018
We finally got Sierra, Clara, Chase, Hunter and Dakota together to help celebrate Clara's 12th birthday and they could not have been happier.  Here we got together at a Pizza Farm, about 30 mile from Prior Lake.  The farm makes everything fresh and bakes the pizzas in a wood fired oven. 
June 2018
June 2018
Most of our time was spent on the lake taking advantage of the many water toys Denise and Craig have.  Here the girls were tubing. This lily pad provided hours of entertainment.  Click to view the kids on this floating oasis.  
June 2018
June 2018
With Carmen in town, we used the occasion for a cousins reunion.  Patty, Paul, Sara, Nancy, Jeff and Tim, Nancy, Harrison and Olivia spent a beautiful day catching up and enjoying the water toys With the grandkids getting bigger and so active in different sports and activities, get togethers like this are becoming less frequent, which makes them all so more enjoyable. 




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