S: TRAVELS WITH THE TENT TRAILER 2009 AND 2011
BC: Both trips were great although we did a lot of driving and didn't often stay in one place for more than 1 or 2 nights. On the other hand we can set up the trailer in 5 minutes flat! Far from considering the Prairies boring we find them beautiful and full of surprises. The many museums made us realize how hard it was for the pioneers and explorers and Natives alike. Their artifacts were wonderful, intricate and colourful.
FC: TRAVELS WITH THE TENT TRAILER 2009 :WASHINGTON, NEVADA, CALIFORNIA, OREGON 2011: WASHINGTON, IDAHO, MONTANA, SASKATCHEWAN, ALBERTA
1: HOW TO TRAVEL WITH A TENT TRAILER:; pack sleeping bags and pillows pack mosquito spray make sure you have a good bottle of wine and 2 crystal goblets get a map and a list of camp grounds set your furtherst destination, in this case Yosemite National Park check for funny sounding places find them! | through the Cascades | 2009 Vancouver to Yosemite National Park
3: Surprising architecture in the middle of Nowhere Best meal: Hotel Martin, Winemucca an area originally populated by Portugese sheep herders
4: Eastern Washington and Oregon is very dry and can be very hot. The map showed a giant lake- but when we got there it was not even a swamp. We discovered John Day country, everything bears the name including the fascinating John Day Fossil Beds Natl. Monument. There is a great museum. of Paleontology there as well.
5: Past Mono Lake, an ancient expanse of water with strange formations along the shore into Yosemite National Park. Add water to the desert and this is what you get:
6: Yosemite National Park Ahwahnee Hotel Kari next to a giant Indian basket
7: We also hiked a bit although it was quite exhausting as it was very high and very hot. We stayed in permanent tents as we couldn't get a camp site after the the first night.. The adjoining lodge served great meals!
8: Yosemite sights
9: Back East down the steep pass to Mono Lake and turning North again
10: Vanishing Reno Boutique where everything for sale was red | Relaxing on Lake Tahoe and designing the puzzle for the grandchild on the way. | Mysterious silver streak in the road Unexpected caves and ancient landscape in the Modoc region where we had a fabulous camp site amongst caves .
11: Courthouse in Humboldt, Nevada Train station in Alturas California | Mt Shasta, one of the vlcanoes of the Ring Of Fire we saw. The others were Mt Hood, Mt Rainier and Mt Baker,all very beautiful.
12: Mt Hood Lodge Depression era "make work" project Details: door knocker, door hinge and newel post
13: Maritime Museum in Astoria, Ore. Crossing the bridge the Olympic Peninsula. Typical lodge there.
14: Olympic Peninsula, Wash.
15: 2011 Vancouver to Grassland National Park SW Saskatchewan (4750km) | Diner in Wenatchee, Wash. | The Palouse area, endlessly rolling hills in the SE part of Washington State.
16: Palouse Waterfall
17: Campground in Starbuck (definitely no "s") More Palouse scenes
18: After a seemingly endless ride through a narrow valley in Idaho we emerged in Missoula, Montana where we finally started to see the sky again. One of the highlights of the trip was the visit in the Lewis and Clark Caverns near our campground. I was very proud that I overcame my claustophobia (at least for 2 hours) and saw these amazing sights!
21: And the astounding day in the caves was crowned by an mind-boggling sunset
22: Nice walks in and around Lewis and Clark Cavern National Park
23: Almost the beginning of the Mighty Missouri Montana's flatter areas Free campground in Fresno Reservoir Park outside Havre. The best taco and burrito we ever had we found in Hardy, Montana across the street from the headhunter, fishing gear outfit and law offices.
24: Well, well... This Zurich bank doesn't quite match the ones on the Paradeplatz.. Zurich, by the way, lies on the way from Moscow to Harlem and Malta. | Big Sky on the way to Grassland Natl.Park
25: Our destination: Grasslands National Park (Western part), camping in Val Marie, a place with two wide unpaved roads, a cafe and tourist info, small grocery store, one hotel and a giant hockey arena. The most famous son of Val Marie:: Brian Trottier.
26: Lichen Art and dried buffalo pie with mushrooms. Members of the Prairie Dog capital of the world.. Teepee outlook | Vanishing prairie landmarks
27: The sky enchanted us, ever changing and endless An interesting fence consisting of giant balls of hay Silos add rhythm to the landscape
28: Swift Current Kite Festival Manipulating the kites is hard work | The prairie version of the Dead Cat tree in the Outback? | Designing the roads must have been a very intricate job
29: Large sand dunes South of Sceptre which has a great museum. We visited countless museums, large and tiny, each giving us new insights into the history and geology of the areas
30: Tyrell Field Station A great museum, , beavers tumbling in the water right next to our camping spot. Fascinating walks through the hoodoos and dinosaur bones. Too bad we didn't get on the guided tours and the dig, they were sold out.
31: More great hoodoos Big trees gnawed on by beavers Grama grass Aquaeduct in Brooks(active from the early 20th c to about the 1950's) Crowfoot Museum and Centre