Canadian Rockies: Waterton Lake, Banff and Jasper national parks

We crossed the border into Alberta, Canada with no issues. We had heard stories from other RVers and even Jeff’s grandfather, who used to fish in Canada, about hours-long searches. We drove through a lot of rolling farmland and got to Waterton Lake, the Canadian side of Glacial National Park. Our campground was right in the middle of the park, only a few blocks from downtown, but also right on the lake. The view was gorgeous!

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Northbound AZ to Montana – Final stops before the adventure!

We’ve made the drive from Phoenix to Flagstaff a number of times, but we are still amazed by the effects on vegetation we see as the elevation changes:  suddenly, there are Saguaros, then there are not.  Then fields of dessert flowers, then not.  Then forests as you pass through Flagstaff, then they mostly disappear into the desolation of northern Arizona.

To cross the Colorado River east of the Grand Canyon we went across the new Navajo Bridge over the Marble Canyon.  The original bridge is still there, so you can stop and walk across it.  Some 466′ above the river!

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Mesa, AZ – Not it!

Our original plans were to head to Park City for a couple of months before continuing north. I guess this is a good time to tell you we are both taking 3 months off from work to drive through Alaska this summer! That’s why Sue has been working full time since last fall as a compensation to her employer. However, due to being assigned a 2.5 month job in Mesa (near Phoenix), we decided to go stay there. Well, it was interesting. More on that later…The drive from Denver to Phoenix took two full days. The first was 480 miles from Fort Garland, CO to Flagstaff, AZ – our longest day drive yet.  Crossing the continental divide is always stressful but beautiful.

An 8 ton trailer plus momentum causes white knuckles

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Colorado Springs/Denver (again)

Since Sue’s son and daughter-in-law moved to Denver last December, we decided to re-visit and spend some time in that area this spring. We added two more RV parks to the list of places where we have stayed more than once. Garden of the Gods RV Resort is in Manitou Springs with breathtaking views of Pike’s Peak, and Cherry Creek Park in Denver. We spent a day at Copper with Jay, Virginia and her parents, Chris and Connie, who we got to see for the first time since the wedding last August. The conditions were excellent but we struggled with the altitude. Talk about feeling old!

Jeff, Sue, Chris, Constance, Virginia and Jay at Copper

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