We’ve enjoyed a whirlwind – and quite unexpected – trip to BC and back this week. Insane, yes, and someday, we hope to enjoy this trip at a much more relaxed pace.
Kijiji can be a relentless taskmaster – if you find “just what you’re looking for”, you don’t sit around and dream about it. You do something. Greg had found the exact model of truck with a camper on Kijiji a couple weeks ago. Many phone calls and photo swaps later, we found ourselves making headway to get it.
We flew to Prince George, BC, flying into an endless sunset; we arrived at 10:00 pm., and the sun was still setting! Once we descended into the inky layer of purple cloud cover, we realized that the earthlings below had not seen any sunset whatsoever! What a strange feeling. We soon became earthlings again and headed to bed.
We met the seller of the truck and camper at our motel….interestingly enough, he was an actual Indian Chief! We test-drove, we liked, we bought, we crossed our fingers and we started to drive.
Incidentally, we made it home within 6 days, driving the 4,200 km without a hitch, and without killing each other. Not too hard to do – there was just too much to see!
Less than one hour out of the city, we saw a few black and brown bears sitting in the ditch, eating dandelions there.
We drove through the majestic Rocky Mountains in both Jasper Provincial Park, as well as Banff. We were thrilled beyond measure – what GLORY!!
At every turn in the road, we were enveloped in beauty too hard to describe:
Then came the moment that suddenly these silent monsters were no longer in our rear-view mirror. We entered the 3 prairie provinces….and suddenly the atmosphere for 2 solid days was windy and desolate. Our most excitement was seeing a giant tumbleweed racing down The King’s Highway #1, as well as trucks pulling enormous farm equipment. I am sure there is plenty more to see beyond the mind-numbing, time-saving #1 Hwy, but we had a schedule to keep, and I was reminded that we needed to “stick to the plan”, again and again. Thus, the photography was taken like this – on the run.
So much to see in this beautiful 150 year old country of ours! We can now say that we have driven through 10 of the Canadian provinces, and dipped our toes in all of the Great Lakes. It is a country of spine-tingling beauty, as well as great empty distances. We truly look forward to the day when we can do a trip of this magnitude at a relaxed pace!