After that it was a straight shot out of North Dakota, into Montana and a turn north on Interstate 15. Along the way we passed by some old favorites: Custer Battlefield, Bighorn Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park! A little before noon we saw our first view of snow-capped mountains (still 200 miles away!), and as the temperature soared into the 90’s, we assumed we could expect a major cool-down later.
Two hours down the road several rain systems formed up – some to the north, then some to the south. As we zipped between them heading west, the temperatures literally went crazy going from 90 to 75 in several miles, and then back up to 88. Within 10 miles it was down to 62, and 5 miles later it was back up to 79, and minutes later to 90! We only had a few minutes of heavy rain and finally, the temperature stabilized at 88ish. After 765 miles we quit at 8:30 at Shelby, Montana, with a good feeling about being so much further down the road.
Monday, June 5
By 7:30 we were passing through Canadian customs (into the Province of Alberta) with no problem . . . very basic questions and no mention of the dog! We took in the legal amount of wine and beer (undeclared) . . . but threw out a fresh apple! Now we are getting used to driving 105 km/h and being comfortable at 20 degrees centigrade! We stopped at a bank to exchange some cash from USA-Canadian: "NOPE -- not unless you have an account with us.!"
Today’s drive took us past some epic Canadian memories that Tom and I both had as kids traveling with our parents: Banff, Lake Louise, Mount Revelstoke, Kicking Horse Pass, Glacier (Canadian) National Park, and Radiant Hot Springs. Highway 1 from Calgary to our destination of Kamloops was filled with views of mountain streams, snow-capped, and glaciered mountains. It was hard to just drive on by– but the promise has been made that the Canadian Rockies will be our trip next summer! Pictures through a dirty windshield just don’t do justice to the scenery we saw!.
This next photo shows that not all of the WHITE -- is snow. In this case, it is clouds!
Today's drive was 1000 Kilometers -- I will let you do the math on that! We pulled into the Kamloops RV Park in the Province of British Columbia by 6:30, even considering the time change.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown