Canadian Rockies to Edmonton

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

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Our last day of the trip with gorgeous mountain views. Today we are traveling from the British Columbia side of the Canadian Rockies to the capital of Alberta, Edmonton. We started at a good time, around 8:00, to drive through some of the best mountain views of the trip. Just 10 min. out, we stopped at a hiking trail that led to a waterfall - yes another one. It was early enough in the morning so no one else was on the trail so we let the dogs off the leash for a bit on this short trail. The waterfall itself did not have a huge drop, but the volume was pretty good. Plus we had very close views and the place to ourselves. The dogs had a great time running around the rocks and ledges and making up stories to keep them entertained. After about an hour, we went back to the RV to continue on. Within a few more miles down the road, the most spectacular mountain on the entire trip came into view - Mt. Robson, which is close to 12,000 feet high. I guess Mt. McKinley would have been the best mountain but it was hiding the entire time we were in that area. But the sky around Mt. Robson was clear and sunny. Lucky for me it was a straight road since I could not keep my eyes off the mountain. Pooh got several shots and a few video's of the mountain. The road through the Rockies was not so bad save a few construction delays from a pipeline that is being built. After 30 min. we passed into Alberta and Jasper National Park. The views from this side of the range was very dry. It almost seemed as we were in the American Southwest. After some Diesel in Hinton, Alberta, we drove straight though to Edmonton with no lunch (just snacks in the truck). Our main problem for the day was the warning chime from the truck kept on going off every few seconds and driving us up the wall. Nothing seemed wrong with the truck and no warning lights were coming up. Lucky for me, I turned up the volume in the IPod to drown out some of the sound. We reached our campground just outside Edmonton called Glowing Embers and it was a huge RV park with close to 300 sites. We got a back-in site under some trees which was great since it was a warm day. After setting up the RV, we took off for the Dodge place to see if we could get this "ding" sound taken care of. We did get an oil change while we were here and got an appointment for the truck tomorrow morning. Next, we visited some parents of one of Pooh's old friends that live in Edmonton. They live in a high-rise condo overlooking the river and downtown Edmonton. Very nice couple that treated us like royalty even though they had only met Pooh once. We had good food and great conversation. After a few hours we left to go back to the RV for the night. Lucky for me the TomTom GPS unit was working pretty well, unlike the Yukon and Alaska. We zipped around town like we knew what we were doing. Back at the RV, we took the dogs for a walk and got a little sleep kinda early since we had an early appointment for the truck in the morning.
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