FC: DALE & ALINA'S 2010 SUMMER TRIP
1: On the first day, we drove through Michigan and Illinois, and stayed in Wisconsin. | Chloe makes a new friend!
2: We saw so much on day 2, as we crossed the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and drove through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota.
3: Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD; a CRC wayside chapel in SD, and interesting rock formations in Wisconsin.
4: Awesome prairie storm in South Dakota. We tuned into the radio to hear all the warnings! Then the storm was behind us, with clear skies ahead!
5: We really felt like we were on the prairies of the Wild West with all the scenery, and beautiful prairie skies!
6: We stayed in Kadoka, South Dakota on the second night. The sunset was beautiful, and the next morning was perfect for some early morning birdwatching.
7: On day three, we started the day by driving into Badlands National Park, South Dakota. It was one beautiful vista after another, and we spent many hours in awe of the scenery. | Badlands National Park
9: Ground Squirrels and a Western Meadowlark in the Badlands. It looks so barren, but the area is teeming with life.
10: The weather was fantastic, so the sunlight and shadows made each view pop, and it wasn't too hot to enjoy the views.
11: We walked some interpretive trails and learned about the geologic history of the Badlands
12: Paleosols in the Badlands
13: A grasshopper sparrow finds a meal among the layers of ancient seabeds and volcanic ash.
14: One of the many prairie dog towns in Badlands National park
15: We decided to take the backroads out of the Badlands, and we saw some interesting sights.
16: After leaving the Badlands, we drove into the Black Hills, where we drove by Mount Rushmore National Monument, and then headed onto the Needles Highway through Custer State Park.
17: There were vehicle height and width restrictions on the Needles Highway, due to the various shapes and sizes of the many tunnels.
18: The Hole in the Wall picnic area and other scenic views along the Needles Highway in South Dakota
19: Flip! | More tunnels and 360 degree hairpin turns on the Needles Highway
20: We camped on our third night, and then we traveled to Wind Cave National Park for a two hour tour of the caves.
21: Fossils, erosion formations, and fabulous boxwork and popcorn crystals in Wind Cave National Park
22: A family of pronghorns, and a herd of wild burros on the wildlife loop through Custer State Park
23: A herd of bison in Custer State Park, SD. They were right by the road, but the herd extended far into the distance.
24: Along the road to Wyoming, we drove through the old west gambling town of Deadwood.
25: We spent the fourth night in Wyoming, then watched the clouds clear over Devil's Tower National Monument, while western bluebirds flew around us.
27: On day 5, we drove across Wyoming and Montana. We passed the fields where the Battle of Little Big Horn was fought, and we crossed the Yellowstone River. We stopped to eat at a cute picnic area near a train crossing, and finally stopped to sleep in the town of Drummond, Montana.
28: We entered Idaho via the Lolo Pass, which was traveled by Lewis and Clark and Sacagawea. Chloe had her first swim in a mountain stream.
29: From giant cedars to hummingbirds and orchids, we saw all kinds of beautiful things along the Lolo Pass.
30: This historic logging museum and ranger station still serves as a base for horse trains that patrol the trails of the Idaho rockies.
31: It wasn't always easy to find dog-friendly places on the trip, but some places were made just for dogs and their people. We spent the sixth night in the giant beagle at the Dog Bark Park in Cottonwood, Idaho. Dog sculpture and trails graced this corner of the Idaho plateau. The hydrant is a restroom.
32: Our hosts, Dennis and Frances, are the artists who designed and built the Beagle.
33: The beagle had a bedroom, bathroom, and a loft, and the view from the balcony was awesome. | We spent day seven driving through Idaho to the border of British Columbia.
34: We crossed into BC at King's Gate, then went to Cranbrook, where we met up with Dad, Jacquie, and Paige. The next day, we visited Fort Steele, just outside Cranbrook.
35: At Fort Steele, we explored the past in an extensive and authentic historical setting. It was hot, but we had a fun day!
36: We rode the old steam train up and down the river outside of Fort Steele. Jacquie thinks it may be the same train that her father engineered on Vancouver Island.
37: We ate out at some great restaurants in Cranbrook, and hung out at Dad's place.
38: Elizabeth Lake
39: Long-eared grebes, ruddy ducks, yellow-headed blackbirds, American Coots, and a long-tailed weasel were among the many animals Alina and Chloe saw on an early morning walk at Elizabeth lake.
40: While in Cranbrook, we stayed at the Model A Inn. We made a trip to a casino, drove through nearby towns like Kimberly, and visited Dad and his cat, Domino.
41: We crossed into Alberta through the Crowsnest Pass.
42: The strange little town of Vulcan, Alberta, a wanna-be Star Trek town.
43: Will the real Klingon please stand up?
44: Drumheller, Alberta | After a night at the Jurassic Inn, we met up with Daroyle and Holly. We did some sight-seeing and souvenir shopping around Drumheller, then went to the Royal Tyrell Museum.
45: Royal Tyrrell Museum
46: Dale and Daroyle frolic in the primordial soup. T. rex, Hadrosaurs, and other prehistoric giants, mostly found right here in Alberta.
48: With Chloe boarded for the day, the four of us trekked through the Alberta Badlands.
49: Dinosaur Provincial Park | A UN World Heritage Site, for having more dinosaur species in a single location than any other place on earth!
50: Tens of thousands of swallow nests under a bridge along the Bow river in Alberta.
51: A wonderful visit with Lorraine, Rebecca, Cary, and their kids in Stirling, Alberta. | We looked through family albums, and played with the King Charles Cavelier spaniels they raise.
52: We stayed in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan the next night, and then visited the tunnels of Moose Jaw, where the history of Chinese immigration and prohibition were explored. Then, on the road to the US border, we came across a familiar scene.... | The Ruby
53: Rouleau, Saskatchewan | Also known as Dog River
54: We stopped for souvenirs and pictures in Rouleau. Many of the sets are still in place, and the Police station is really a coffee shop and souvenir store. | After a crazy border crossing experience, we stayed in Rugby, ND, which claims to be the geographical center of North America.
55: The next two days involved a lot of driving, with short stops for walks and swims. We stayed at the Sleepy Hollow Inn in Wisconsin, and walked along the shores of Lake Superior. Chloe smelled like cedar after swimming in this stream in Michigan.
56: A scenic rest area in Michigan, on our way to visit the Boyle's place in Marquette, Michigan. It was a short walk from their house to this historic US Coast Guard station on Lake Superior.
57: We had a wonderful visit with Oom Piet and the Boyles. We enjoyed Margaret's gardens, and walked with Chloe down to the shores of Lake Superior
58: We drove from Marquette, across the Mackinac Bridge, and to Au Sable Institute, where we saw old friends and professors. It was another beautiful day!
59: We camped overnight at Hartwick Pines State Park in Michigan. We explored the woods and museum the next morning, before hitting the road. We crossed back into Canada using the Sombre Ferry, and were in our own beds that night!