Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
Trip End Sep 10, 2009

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Friday, July 3 - Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Did you miss us? You probably thought that Canadian Customs locked us in the underground bowels of their little checkpoint hut and threw away the key, dint cha?  Nope.  I hope you realized that for the last 5 days we have been in remote areas where God has not created wireless internet yet.

We traveled from Great Falls, Montana, across the Canada border, to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

In the morning around 8 a.m., Richard, our Tailgunner (the man driving the rig that brings up the rear and makes sure that everyone gets to where they are supposed to be) thumped our tires to check for enough air (I think that's the reason he thumps, he thumps, his lovely little thumps.)

Usually we are supposed to wait until the Wagonmaster leaves the campground before we head out, but today this wasn’t important since we all had to check ourselves into Bridgeview Campground in Lethbridge without his help.  We left Dick’s in Great Falls at about 9 a.m.

After a stop for fuel, we approached Canadian Customs at noon.  The customs officer looked at our passports and asked where we were headed.  He wanted to know if we had any guns aboard and if we had ever taken guns into Canada or transported them in our motorhome.  He also asked what Art and I did for a living and if we were retired.  He wanted to know about Gulfstreamers.  I suppose the information we gave him may have helped those following us across the border by alleviating some of the interrogation.

We were the first to arrive at Bridgeview Campground in Lethbridge.  The town of Lethbridge, Alberta’s third largest city, is known for its high level railroad bridge.   It was constructed in 1909 and today carries freight shipments by rail west to Vancouver.  The bridge – with a mile-long span and 300-foot elevation – is still the longest and highest bridge of its kind in the world.

The Gulfstreamers had another meeting this evening to remind everyone about the days coming up.  We also celebrated the 44th anniversary of a couple who is part of our caravan.  They provided cake, ice cream and punch.

Local Info

Lethbridge is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada, and the largest city in southern Alberta. It is Alberta's fourth-largest city by population after Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer, and the third-largest by area after Calgary and Edmonton. The nearby Canadian Rockies contribute to the city's cool summers, mild winters, and windy climate. Lethbridge lies southeast of Calgary on the Oldman River.

Lethbridge is the commercial, financial, transportation and industrial centre of southern Alberta. The city's economy developed from drift mining for coal in the late 19th century and agriculture in the early 20th century. Half of the workforce is employed in the health, education, retail and hospitality sectors, and the top five employers are government-based. The only university in Alberta south of Calgary is in Lethbridge, and two of the three colleges in southern Alberta have campuses in the city. Cultural venues in the city include performing art theatres, museums and sports centres.
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