Whew, I had forgotten how loooonnnngggg the drive across Canada is! It took us 5 days of driving 10 hours a day to finally make it to Jared's bros. We were so happy to arrive (after being lost for 1.5 hours trying to find their place in rural Ontario) that we did a happy dance.
The morning we left Vancouver, we woke up to the first dusting of snow on the local mountains. Hopefully that bodes well for a good winter for the Olympics.
Away we went along the Crows Nest Hwy and we were in the desert in no time. I love how it's only a few hours drive to a totally different world.
We reached the Canadian Rockies and spent a couple of days in Canmore. On the way we passed the Hoodoo's which are really quite strange. They seem like a good rain would just was them away.
We also met up with a few little buddies along the way.
The Rockies eternally amaze and inspire me and I never get tired of gazing at them.
One thing that really blew me away was the decimated forests in Kootenay National Forest. We drove for hours through nothing but dead forest with not a twig of green to be seen anywhere. I guess the Pine Beetles had done their damage here and it was a very sad sight.
Needless to say, we froze our asses off in Canmore with our thin Coastal blood. The snow followed us and the Canmore locals enjoyed their first snow of 15 cms on the day that we left.
Finally out of the Rockies and into the Prairies. They are exactly what you expect....long, boring but with the biggest sky you have ever seen.
And then the real fun began. Just outside of Winnepeg the clutch on our beloved Jeep began to make....noises. A horrifying high pitch whine when you put it in that could only be bad news. Anyone who has had to replace a clutch knows that it's a very expensive repair. After some distressed discussion, we decided that we would try to limp the old girl as far as we could and if she ended up dying then we were going to abandon ship (or Jeep as it were).
"To hell with it, we'll just pull her plates off where she rests, give her a kiss goodbye and find our way to the nearest Greyhound station for the rest of the trip home". Thankfully, Jeep made it the rest of the way home!
Into Northern Ontario and the endless km's of bush and lakes. It took us forever to get around Lake Superior but as soon as we did, the brilliant Autumn colors of Ontario presented themselves.
Finally, we made it with a few weeks of quality time with our families before our journey continues...