Peace River, AB to Muncho Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Today we drove 874 km (543 miles).  Hadn’t planned to drive that far, but we started listening to a Book on CD that Jeff & Cindy had loaned us and we just kept driving!

In the clouds on top of the mountain!

I looked over at Raymond and out his window this little guy was running parallel to us!

So cute!


Had to make a stop at Tetsa River Lodge for “Cinnamon Bun Centre of the Galactic Cluster”.  I lived up to it’s billing!    LOL

Another Moose

And Bighorn Sheep

We interrupted his eating in the road, but they moved away and immediately came back to eating!

Back to eating!    LOL


Another Moose and Calf.

Muncho Lake

We decided to stop!   After being on the road so long we were tired.  So we pulled into a Scenic Vista and spent the night boondocking.

We backed in away from the road and this was our view.   Rainy when we pulled in!   Stayed hooked up because of the slope we were parked at.

WOW — all night long I heard the groans and LOUD pops of the truck settling.  Such an angle I thought for sure we would roll back into the woods!

Raymond slept through it all.   GOOD – The Driver should always be rested.  hahahaha

Icefield Parkway Adventures

60 miles North on the Icefield Parkway is Waterfowl Lakes.   This area of Alberta is truly the most beautiful places we’ve visited.


Num-Ti-Jah Lodge!   We decided to stop and explore.   Even found some great jackets for 80% off (last season deals).

Fun place to explore their grounds.

Kept driving North to Peyto Lake.   IF you are ever in this area, DO NOT MISS this hike to the lake.   Even more beautiful than Moraine, Louise or Waterfowl.

Hard to believe, I know, but it is.

We trekked through trails covered in snow, but so worth it.

Peyto Lake on Icefields Parkway

Grey Jay

Ruffed Grouse along our trail

True Baby Stars of Alberta

Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise Alberta to Banff

Today we are off to Banff via The Bow Valley Parkway.    60 miles from Lake Louise Campground (Trailer) to downtown Banff, Via Canada 1A.   A beautiful road

with lots to see along the way.    We are running parallel to the Bow River and Canada 1, but with the thick forests we are driving through we never see “1” and only

see the Bow River occasionally.


We stopped at Baker Creek Mountain Resort & Cafe, Bow Valley Parkway.    Very cute resort.

From inside the Cafe.

Indian Paintbrush

We decided to hike Castle Mountain Lookout.   Not a long trail, but very steep.  I ended up walking back down the hill with a group we met along the way (that also turned around)

while Raymond continued.    I found Calypso or Fairy slipper orchid growing in forest.      Actually missed seeing them on the way up the mountain.

Had no idea Canada had internment camps!

Another Bear!   Almost daily when we are out we see a bear or more!

This guy decided to lay down and eat.



Vermillion Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Elk in Banff near Tunnel Mountain Campground

Bow Falls, Downtown Banff.

Hassayampa Nature Preserve, Wickenburg, AZ

The Hassayampa River Preserve is a 770 acre riparian nature reserve owned by the The Nature Conservancy in the US state of Arizona, near Wickenburg in Maricopa County.  Apache Indians referred to it as the “upside down river” because it flows underground.    Everywhere you see the river bed, it’s dry; with a few exceptions (or when there are flash floods.

We spent the afternoon wandering the preserve.

  View from the highest peaks in the preserve.



Views from the highest point in the preserve. 


Ladder Backed Woodpecker

Vermillion Flycatcher

American Coot



Hassayampa River “river that flows underground” except these few miles through this park.

Western Bluebird


Sunsets are amazing at North Ranch!





Cherry Creek State Park, Denver, CO

We left Buena Vista on 24 September.   CCSP was a few hours away.   We’ll be staying 2 weeks in the state park so we purchase an annual pass ($70) – and even with that added to cost of campgrounds the per day rate was great.   100′ pull through sites, FHU.  We were behind some trees so we had trouble with reception on the satellite….OTHER than that we will return to this park.   It was great.    Running trails all over.   And 4 miles from Vanessa and Sergei.     YAY!!!!!01-DSC_0015 02-DSC_0020 03-DSC_0023 04-DSC_0025 05-DSC_0027 06-DSC_0028 07-DSC_0031 08-DSC_0032 09-DSC_0054 10-DSC_0063 He caught some dinner! 12-DSC_0078 13-DSC_0083 14-DSC_0089 15-DSC_0094 16-DSC_0095 17-DSC_0097

St Elmo, CO

Visiting a Colorado’s most famous Ghost Town.    LOL01-DSC_0056 02-DSC_0058 03-DSC_0062 04-DSC_0070 05-DSC_0071

The mountains are just beautiful.06-DSC_0075 07-DSC_0083 08-DSC_0084 09-DSC_0090 10-DSC_0093 11-DSC_0101 12-DSC_0105 13-DSC_0110 14-DSC_0114 15-DSC_0115

If you feed the chipmunks here, they will crawl on your shoulder.16-DSC_0117 17-DSC_0126 18-DSC_0141 19-DSC_0142 20-DSC_0144 21-DSC_0169 22-DSC_0173 23-DSC_0197 24-DSC_0206 25-DSC_0226

The triple tunnels on the road behind our campgrounds in Buena Vista, CO.   Carved out by the Chinese who lived here years ago.26-DSC_0229 27-DSC_0235 28-DSC_0246 29-DSC_0257