On the Road.
Eight years in our bus.
BEHIND ON POSTING MY LETTERS.
It is difficult to keep up when we travel and often I don’t have internet that is fast enough to be able to post updates. Until I can catch up here is a summary of where we’ve been and where we are currently located.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13. WE VISIT “HEAD-SMASHED-IN-BUFFALO-JUMP”
We stayed in Lethbridge five days. We wanted to see where Dennis’s father lived as well as his grandmother and all the aunts and uncles, so we visited Temple Hill Cemetery in Raymond. And we visited “Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo Jump” near Fort MacLeon.
MONDAY, JUNE 15. WE DRIVE TO BANFF NATIONAL PARK, AB
In Banff we had no WiFi and no satellite for TV and it was very costly to use our cell phones. We enjoyed the fabulous scenery and spent a week of scenic driving to Lake Louise and other local destinations. We celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary at the Panorama Restaurant on Sulphur Mountain after a spectacular gondola ride.
MONDAY, JUNE 22. WE DRIVE TO MEDICINE HAT, AB
We left the mountains and returned to the prarie driving east on Trans-Canada Hwy One, staying overnight in Medicine Hat, AB.
TUESDAY, JUNE 23. WE DRIVE TO HAVRE, MT.
We turned south to cross the border at Wild Horse and entered Montana. We stopped at Evergreen Campground in Havre, MT. We are parked on a lawn with views of lovely old trees and surrounded by hundreds of singing birds. We liked it so much we decided to stay an extra day to rest up.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25. WE DRIVE EAST ON US-2 TO WILLISTON, ND.
We went to the Lewis and Clark State Park in Ray, ND, about 20 miles east of Williston, ND. It is located along the north shore of the far western upper reaches of Lake Sakakawea in Williams County. We stayed through Sunday and spent a few days touring the Missouri River and the grasslands of the area and the many historic sites surrounded the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the history of the Indian tribes who lived in this area.
MONDAY, JUNE 29. WE DROVE SOUTH ON ND-1804 AND ND-37 SOUTH TO RIVERDALE, ND.
We went to Garrison Dam at the southern end of the huge Lake Sakakawea reservoir where we stayed at Downstream Campground, a Corps of Engineers state campground just below the dam. This is a lovely grassy green and quiet park but unfortunately, when we hooked up to 50-amp our transfer switch quit and we were left without any shore power. The campground was empty so our host, Ken, was fine with letting us run the generator on occasion to charge our batteries. Instead of sightseeing we spent our time contacting Tiffin to send a new transfer switch overnight delivery to our friend, Dee Downs, in Lindstrom, MN. Then we tried to find an RV repair service near Dee who would install the switch.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1. WE DROVE 511 MILES TO MINNEAPOLIS, MN.
We hoped to have a new switch installed before the July Fourth weekend so we drove east for 11 hours on I-94 to Taylors Falls, a suburb north of Minneapolis, where we stayed in a Walmart Superstore parking lot.
SATURDAY, JULY 3. WE GOT OUR TRANSFER SWITCH INSTALLED AND WENT TO TURTLE LAKE, WI.
Dee brought us the transfer switch and Dennis took it next door to Metcalf Service Center where he persuaded them to install it that very morning. By noon we were able to drive to Turtle Lake RV Park where they had a few open sites left for the July Fourth weekend. On Saturday we spent the afternoon and evening with Dan and Dee Downs at their home in Lindstrom. We will stay at Turtle Lake RV Park until July 7th.
TUESDAY, JULY 14. MOVE TO TAYLORS FALLS, MN & EXPLORE SURROUNDING AREA.
We moved to Wildwood RV Park in Taylors Falls, MN, which is closer to the Down’s in Lindstrom and to St. Croix Falls Regional Medical Center. After a consultation I was told by a cataract surgeon that my cataracts are old and thick and should have been removed before now. Because they are causing me sight problems I decided not to delay but to have it done here. I have dates for left eye on 7/28 and right eye on 8/11. Post-op appointments will delay our departure from MN until 9/8. Meanwhile we’re visiting with Dan and Dee and exploring the local area.
TUESDAY, JULY 21. WE EXPLORE THE NORTH SHORE OF LAKE SUPERIOR.
We drove NE to Duluth and stayed in Knife River and then Two Harbors, MN. As much as possible, wearing a 6.5 lb boot, we explored the lake shore and state parks along Lake Superior. It’s a beautiful area.
SUNDAY, JULY 26. VISITING PEEKE COUSINS IN ST CLOUD, MN AND TECHNICAL TROUBLES WITH OUR BUS.
On Wednesday after a pre-op consultation, we drove to St. Cloud where we spent two marvelous days at the home of Caroline Peeke Johnson, my first cousin. Visiting at the same time was her sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl Peeke Edelen and her husband, Bill. Caroline served up wonderful meals and we had a great time catching up on news.