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Quite a Day!

semi-overcast 85 °F

An 'eh!' from Canada;

The trip from Coeur d' Alene to Bonners Ferry was relatively short at 2 hrs. Bonners Ferry, ID is a small railroad and timber or logging town of about 2,500 people. After getting settled in at our humble campground we ventured into the main street for dinner. We chose "Mugsy's Tavern & Grill" as it had a 4-Star rating?!! It was a pleasant night so we sat on the patio observing and listening to the locals. That was entertaining in itself! Pat had a glass of chardonnay and I tried a local brew called, 'Moose Drool'. It tasted better than the mental image would suggest. Their Mediterranean salad which we both had was good.

The next morning we drove to the US/Canadian border. The semi-truck ahead of us broke down at the Inspection Booth so after some wait we backed up and manouvered into the adjacent lane. Not a good omen! We crossed into Canada in British Columbia and drove north toward Banff for 3 hrs. (160 mi) and entered the National Park where all traffic was stopped due to a forest fire on both sides of the highway in the Park. The only other alternative would have been to take Highway 95 north to Golden, AB. We were informed that that route was also closed for 8 hrs. due to a traffic fatality. Our only option was to back-track south 2 1/2 hrs (140 mi) then go east 60 mi., then head north 3 hrs. to Cochrane, AB where our campground reservations were. We traveled a sum of 505 miles, all of which took 12 hrs. Needless-to-say, we were 'pooped' upon arriving & immediately went to bed without supper!

Calgary is just east of Cochrane where our campground is located. A relatively short trip (less than an hr.) on the Trans-Canada Highway will take us over to Banff & Lake Louise. More on that tomorrow for today we are in 'recovery mode' and need to visit Wal-mart for some food items.

Posted by dixter 10:51 Archived in USA Tagged on banff to

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