Flowers + Wine + Lakeshore Camping=RETIREMENT
Jul 01, 2010
Mar 31, 2011
After 23 yrs of dreaming of this day, we finally departed on July 1st, Canada Day on our 9 month journey. We had a couple of routes picked out but couldn't decide so we flipped a coin. We felt this was symbolic of how the next 9 months would be for us...we will travel however the wind blows us, stopping and going on a whim. We travelled via Mara Lake to Galena Bay (near Revelstoke) and took the ferry across. Due to ferry delays we didn't get as far as hoped but found a lovely spot on Arrow Lk. near Halcyon Hot Springs, camping with the water only a few feet away. (See picture) After easing our way into the day, we headed south via Nakusp, New Denver to Kaslo with a side stop in Sandon. There we toured the local museum learning all about the Silver Rush in 1891 and the boom town that followed. They had lighting and a water system even before the city of Vancouver! Incredible history of a town filled with opera houses, bars (lots), curling rink, bowling alley, brewery, hotels, brothels and more. Google it sometime! Continued on to Kaslo and on down to Creston via the beautiful Kootenay Lake. We camped again for free in Lister so we could cross into the US on July 3rd early. We were expecting a fair wait while they searched our camper and contents as we are loaded to the gills but they have an xray scanner that they had us drive through. Yes, they scan the whole truck , camper, contents and us at once! Amazing and fast.I had called ahead about restricted items but they still confiscated my grapes and avacados...so be warned...no fruit, citrus, green onions OR grapes & avacados! No problem with our 14 litres of wine tho! Drove through northern Idaho and into Montana at an easy pace stopping in lovely spots to make lunch or go for a stroll. Montana looks a lot like BC and a lot of farming, hills, trees and lakes. Fishing and hunting and quads seem to be number 1 for recreation. We are enjoying our time on Swan Lake, near Big Fork, Montana. It is located in the Flathead Valley, a protected area filled with wildlife, lakes and beauty galore. We highly recommend the area. Fourth of July fireworks as entertainment before settling in for the night.