On to CANADA!!! Glacier NP to Calgary

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Calgary West Campground

Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Friday, June 6, 2008

This morning was the most gorgeous of our trip so far.  Hardy a cloud in the sky. Too bad we were leaving this morning for the Canadian border. I woke up every late and I was very slow this morning. You would think that Pooh and I could pack up this RV really fast by now. Not this morning. We left around 9:00 for the short 20 min. ride to the border. We had heard horror stories from other RVers about the Canadians searching your entire RV for anything and that this could take an hour. We drove up and presented our passports & the dogs shots records, answered a few questions, and we were off in no time at all. So far so good. The road today was hilly & all grasslands. The good news about Canada is that you cannot drive as fast - this is good because it helps with my gas mileage and diesel costs. One of the first things we noticed about Canada was how clean and organized it is. Great info signs showing you were everything is - not the gaudy billboards we have back in the states. Pooh noticed that there were many medical facilities all over the place. The drive just took around 3 hours. Canada does not have many highways like our interstates - so when we got to Calgary, we hit the red lights on the main roads - imagine I-85 with stoplights. We say a lot of America here - McDonalds, Wal-Marts, etc. We are staying just outside the city as West Calgary Campground - right next to the Sky Jump area of the 1988 Calgary Olympics. The campground sits on top of a hill where you have nice views of Calgary. After we got set-up we ate a quick lunch and drove downtown to our first site - Fort Calgary. This is the site where Calgary was founded. However, nothing is original since everything was torn down and made into a rail yard for almost 100 years. The city then bought the land back and recreated the fort and put a fantastic museum in with many artifacts of the times.  Much of the museum offered firsthand accounts of the times (we are talking about the late 1800's). If your ever in Calgary, I highly recommend this place. Next, it was a Wal-Mart run. This one looked like our old Wal-Marts back in the states before the supercenters came around. It took a little while to get use to. We did a little shopping here and then it was time for dinner. A funny thing we have noticed about Calgary so far is that it is very international. And so many Vietnamese restaurants. Though Pooh is Indian, we did not eat at any Indian restaurants since she cooks it often in the RV. We choose Vietnamese since we know this might be the last time in a while eating this type of food. Our restaurant was called Essence of Saigon and was located in a little international strip mall. The food was good and inexpensive and crowded (this is what you want from a restaurant. Afterwards we went back to the RV where I took the laptop to the 2nd floor of the office and blogged with their high speed internet (this is where I uploaded most of my videos with no problem.)
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