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Wow big trip - National Parks galore!!!

long time coming - again!!

sunny

Hiya 'all again,

it's been ages I know but I tell you it is not through lack of trying! when camping and going into National Parks internet access and mobile phone reception is lacking, and when we do stay in a bed it is normally free wifi for these with a laptop - not the sort of thing that travels light around the world. There is a serious lack of standard internet access in North America, I never thought of all the places I've traveled that North America would be the hardest communication wise and in Canada the ATMs don't take Visa!!! Anyway we have done lots and lots since Thunder Bay Canada it is hard to believe time has flown. The short list is;

Across Canada's plains (VERY long straight roads!!) I even took a turn at driving it was that quiet and straight! had some long drive days but the plains where beautiful in their own way. Stayed at Portage Le Prairie a farming town in a great motel tad pricey but it looked better then Winnipeg. Then on to Saskatoon to go see some Native Indian heritage only to find it closed for repairs for the season so went on a nice nature trail in beaver creek and relaxed in a cool lodge/hostel next to the uni and hospital. Nice place but 2 days was fine. We then headed to Edmonton near the mountains to restock before the Rockies. Have a great evening beers and tucka with Ash a friend I met ages ago in Australia. Got lots of tips on the Rockies from him and headed in to Jasper for 3 nights - oh yes it is getting colder now!! in the day we had fantastic sunny weather but at night on the 3rd night we froze - so much so we ran to a hostel in Banff for one night (bit pricey so moved on). Jasper was fantastic we did a STEEP hike up opal hills (more like a mountain) there was snow at the top- wait to see the photos if I ever get time to up load them on that is!! Had great views of Millage lake. Jasper was stunning and the drive to Banff gorgeous past glaciers and mountains. We saw a coyote in Jasper plus elk to the dozen. Now the bears we had to wait til the next stop. Ash thanks for your tip on going to the Waterton National park we went there after our brief banff stop all refreshed and ready to camp again, we stayed in the town campsite right on the lake for 3 nights including my birthday. We did a cruise round the lake which crossed into USA Montana briefly before going back to Canada. We saw a black grizzly bear and a brown black bear eating berries - thankfully from the safety of our car!! On my birthday we did a long hike up to Crypt lake 6hrs hike mostly up!! gorgeous though and an achievement for old me turning 35! had fish n chips choc cake and beer for birthday treat - great! the weather was stunning and not too cold at night (very lucky!!). Even more lucky we crossed the boarder into the glacier national park over chief mountain into Montana USA stayed at a KOA campsite with a hot tub for 2 nights (lovely) and went walking up another hill/mountain to Ptarmigan Tunnel in the glacier park (gorgeous sun again bit chilly air blue skys - perfect) I was a tad tired but made the 12miles round trip with lots of up!! Abi you and Eliav have to go there it's stunning!!

Left Glacier park and drove a long way to Yellowstone the weather getting decidedly colder we stayed in a nice cheapish motel for 3 nights we wanted to stay longer but with one road closed for road works another for a fire and then snow arrived we only had 2 days in the park. Those 2 where great though saw the geysers one day and springs the the grand Tetons after where we saw our first moose of the trip (2 that day).

Time to start heading south west we drove to Idaho and stayed in a really nice hostel in Nampa on the outskirts of Boise really friendly people even had beers free at the restaurant we went to. Great chips then Idaho is well known for potatoes so I hear. After that we tried to drive to the redwood park in one day without success and made it to Cave Junction stayed one night in a motel and then drove to a camp site to sleep amongst the redwood trees - just gorgeous and amazing to think how old they are. I felt even smaller than normal!! we did a long day walk through the forest to the coast and back through the forest again our photos will not do it justice but all i can say is try and go yourself. The camping got cold (5degrees or less ) TIME TO GO SOUTH!!!! so from there we drove LONG to here in Yosemite National park in a great hostel with a sauna and hot tub. Lovely WARM double private room. So tired though yesterday we only just managed to drive around the park. Yosemite is a bit of a disappointment after Yellowstone and Waterton a bit to organized and touristy. So we are having our first relax day thought I've spent all of it on the internet so far!!!! We are off to Death Valley and monument valley and las vegus next - sorry Lorraine I said I'd call it may be another week yet! not sure we will have reception!!

Oh I've missed some bits!! yes we did see mountain goats and big horn sheep in glacier park though the goats where just white dots in the distance. And we drove brief by Crater Lake national park which is just amazing - you will eventually see some photos and they look amazing from then but they still don't do it justice - just GO! Also we went to a native indian site called Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, very cool place and amazing to see a bit culture. We are lovin USA and loved Canada but also looking forward to beach time in the Cooks - we may get time there on a rainy day to upload photos!!!
I hope everything is ok with everyone and DO write to me!!!!!!!! my e mail is georgina_tomlin@yahoo.co.uk if anyone has forgotten it!
love
Gina xx

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What a great update, it must've taken hours to write and we LOVE reading it :) Thank you for the tips we're taking notes and Eliav says 'Can I see pictures!'. I hope that you're somewhere nice and warm now and I really hope that Death Valley is going to be good as that's where I"m looking forward to the most. So glad the car is still alive, hope it keeps on going. Love to both of you Abi and Eliav x x x

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