Day One

Trip Start Aug 06, 2010
Trip End Aug 27, 2010

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Heading out on our first day of the honeymoon, so we got up at 6:30 so we could get ready and out the door by 10am.   But, life and chores got in the way.  We left Calgary at 12:30pm.

The drive is beautiful south of the city, and its the first time I've been south of Okotoks in 25ish years, so its pretty new to me.  We skirted the mountains from Calgary to Crow's Nest Pass and our first stop is at Tim Horton's for my fix.  Unfortunately, 30 other people had to get their fix too, so off to Macs next door for their coffee (which was pretty decent).

The rock slide at "Frank's Slide" was pretty cool, but very disturbing that a whole town got buried under a rock avalanche a 100ish years ago.  The natives call the mountain "the mountain that moves" (i think) and they don't camp under its shadow.  I guess someone should've listened to the advice.  One can almost feel the ghosts that are under that highway.

The next big stop was at the Kings Gate border crossing, and apparently they do have a sense of humour as the guard asked me "couldn't find a bright enough car?"  Anyone who has seen my car would understand since it's a very bright limerock green.  This is the 2nd time that I've had a comedian for a guard and left me more confused that humoured.  I guess the rumours of humourless border-guards are a myth.

We ended up in Post Falls for supper at one of Nikki's friends.  Ended up spending 15 minutes at the gate trying to figure out how to punch in the code.  I guess I lost my touch with electronics and the natural ability of knowing how they work (kind of like using a VCR 20 years ago when no one else could).  Had some very nice cab sav from Turning Leaf (California) and a steak dinner which Nikki couldn't eat because of a anchovy allergy.  Who would think that they put anchovies into Worcestershire sauce?  Anyways, I enjoyed the steak and Nikki enjoyed the carrots :)

Last stop of the night is at the hotel in Spokane, and the streets here are very confusing, and the GPS doesn't exactly help when the voice says, "turn left in 200 metres... turn left in 150 metres.... turn left in 100 metres... turn left in 50 metres... turn left now... *Bing*... turn left now"  Now imagine that going for every intersection when it wants you to drive on side streets instead of major roads.  Least to say, it got muted pretty quickly.

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