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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Trip Through the Rocky Mountains & Happy Canada Day

We just spent ten glorious days visiting with our daughters, grandchildren and various relatives! They live in British Columbia and the state of Washington. The weather was beautiful on the drive over and back. I want to give you a tour of the beautiful country of Canada, west of Manitoba and a peak at the north western part of the state of Washington.

First you must pass through the prairies of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Some think them to be very boring, but in truth the prairie country is full of rolling hills and stands of coniferous trees.

Once you are through the metropolis of Calgary, Alberta, you are in for some gorgeous scenery. First off: Canmore, Al.. Could you stand to wake up to that view every morning? You aren't too far from the city here.
You can click on any picture to see it full size. The mountains are so amazing. They tell of the handiwork of God.

This is the Kicking Horse Pass. We got stuck behind a van going very slowly through this area. There were lots of curves, but not so bad that you had to go that slow! You can see the switchbacks in this picture. This is known as one of the worst spots on the Trans Canada Highway. It is only one lane going each way. Can you imagine?! Canada has more land mass than the USA and only 1/10 of the population. Our population is still under 40 Million. I guess there are not enough tax payers to pay for all that needs to be done.

The last couple of hours were spent on the Coquihalla Highway. Again, nothing but mountains for several hours. The Rocky Mountains are so huge that you can spend almost a whole day just driving through them.

That is 70 Kilometers an hour, not 70 Miles an hour.

We have finally reached the state of Washington. That is Mount Baker that you see in the distance. There is a haze that hangs over the mountains, thanks to the pollution from the city of Vancouver. Nothing is stark and clear anymore.

Back in British Columbia, we crossed a bridge that opened just last week. It is so shiny new!! In the distance you can see the Golden Ears Mountains, thus the name of the bridge, Golden Ears Bridge!
Well, that is all for today, I will be showing more pics of our trip as time goes by.

Hugs, Cindy


Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

wow, wow, wow it is just beautiful!!! Thanks for the sweet note and for sharing your trip with us.

Annette said...

Looks like a great road trip. The mountains are so beautiful to look at and visit, but I'm really more of a prairie girl: I like the wide-open vistas and the beautiful sunsets. :)

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Not being much of a traveler myself, and living in the flat part of Florida, I am amazed by the mountains! I'm sure they are breathtaking in person.

Anonymous said...

Nice scenery.

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