Roadtrip BC, Alberta, Montana & Washington

Day One

“There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage

like the beginning of it.” ~Charles Dudley Warner

If you’ve read my previous post then you know that this is bullshit.

Instead, a more apt summary of Day 1’s 460km drive comes from none other than me.

“Well, at least somebody enjoyed the Bubble Wrap Bingo- Travel Edition!”

Day Two

“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.” ~A Cowboy Proverb

Before our trip, I attempted to plan some meet-ups with friends. Nothing was working. When I finally had a plan, those plans crumbled so I gave up trying to have a plan at all. Soon after, my aunt emailed saying she’d just be back from being away so we could stay with her in Kelowna. Cool!

Then a friend from Surrey mentioned that they’d be camping at an RV park with a private beach during our time there. Sweet!

Then the day before we left, a good friend from elementary school mentioned she’d be in ‘K’ town this weekend. Kelowna? I inquire. Yes indeed. With another friend. Awesome!

So a visit to the beach for the morning and lunch followed up with a meeting of my friends at the mall while Bal takes the girls for their nap. So good.

Upon saying my goodbyes and waiting for Bal to pick me up from the mall, a call from another friend who had been out of town but was back in, not realizing we were there another night. “Oh my god, you’re here! Come for dinner!”

It was 4pm. I was hungry. I missed my friend. Perfection!

I could not have planned anything that flowed so seamlessly. There was a deep lesson in that for me. Mamma Me, with the routines and plans for the girls, needed to allow Traveller Me back out a little. Remembering that,

“The journey, not the arrival matters.”

Truly a fabulous day filled with fabulous family and friends. For me especially, but the girls found a few adventures too.

Day Three

“Status report from Lake Louise according to Kaya- it smells like sneeze, pooping in a castle is cool, and seeing a mamma grizz and 2 cubs is alright.”

~ My Facebook update, paraphrasing Miss Kaya

Yup, this pretty much sums up the day. Though we also had a stop at the Enchanted Forest and drove through a wild storm.

Girls Booty Shakin'

By far the most amazing part of the day was spotting Grizzlies. A mamma and her two cubs. Since my camera is on the fritz (no flash, a focus that works when it wants to…) I didn’t bother bringing my zoom lens with me on the trip. DAMMMM ITTT!

More time to gape at their immense paws and clumsy bums I guess(seriously, like a puppies!)

“When a pine needle falls in the forest,
the eagle sees it,
the deer hears it,
and the bear smells it.”
~Native American saying

We saw all three on this day.

I want to say, Magic. But it was more just Nature. Same, same.

To Kaya who asked me just yesterday if she’d ever seen Magic, Yes my love you most certainly have.

Day Four

“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~Sir Edmund Hillary

True that. The girls learn this today.

Kaya overcoming uncertainty by taking it one step at a time.

Then celebrating her accomplishment.Later, scaling another type of mountain. This time overcoming fears not of the up, but of the down. And totally rocking it.

Brennyn had her own lessons on this day. Not so much worried about following the path up the mountain, but finding her own path around the mountain.

Here, an enormous indoor play zone.
That Brennyn found more joy circling than climbing.

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”~ Oprah Winfrey

Moraine Lake

Day Five

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

~John Muir

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”

“Ever charming, ever new

When will the landscape tire the view?”

~John Dyer

Actual view from our Drumheller motel. Awesome!

From Mountains and Meadows to Hoodoos and Dinos…

What a day.

Day Six

“Dinosaurs are the best way to teach kids, and adults, the immensity of geologic time.” ~Robert T Bakker

Truly I can not say enough about the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. If you have kids, if you do not have kids, go. Aesthetically, the museum is stunning- the lighting, the presentation, the flow.

And the subject matter, well, awesome. And by awesome I mean in the jaw dropping, awe-inspiring, wow sort of way. Though the ‘Dude, that’s awesome!’ sort of way works just as well.

Dinosaurs. Immense. Imposing. Fantastical in that we can hardly believe they existed until we are right there, standing head-to-knee with real bones. Dug up mere metres away. Still being discovered, lain hidden for all of human existence and beyond. It boggles the mind.

We will be back.

Day Seven

“Sometimes the most urgent thing
you can possibly do
is take a complete rest.”
~Ashleigh Brilliant



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