|We got up earlier than usual this morning in anticipation of our border crossing into Canada. Before leaving the area we stopped by for one last hug from grandson Jeff. It sure was good to see him again and we are so proud of the fine young man he has become. It was a bit cooler than it has been all week, 52 degrees this morning (at 10am) but there was no wind, so as long as we stayed in the sun we were comfortable with just a t-shirt on.
I took a couple of shots of Flathead Lake as we made our way along the shoreline headed for Kalispell. Just as pretty today as it was yesterday! Imagine that, LOL
We made it to the border in about an hour and a half and went through customs easily. We were the only vehicle attempting to cross at the time. We were asked the normal questions (well, I think they were normal, I've only been to Vancouver before today!) Passports please, rabies certificate for Onyx, how much liquor do you have, do you have any weapons with you, how long are you staying and why are you here? Oh, do you have any peaches or apples? Peaches??? Yes...well, you can eat one and then place all the rest in the white chest freezer over there! What a bummer, I don't want to give up my peaches thank you very much! I wonder if they dig them out and eat them later? Hmmmm....
We traveled an additional 70 miles or so and decided to go ahead and start looking for a place to spend the night. It is about 4 more hours to our first destination, Banff and we weren't going to make it that far today. We saw a camping sign pointing to the right and followed it. We were beginning to think we had missed it, but no, 11 miles later we arrived.
Norbury Lake Provincial Park is certainly situated off the beaten path. It's located in a rolling valley of the Rocky Mountain Trench, a remarkable feature extending north almost 1,210km from the US border through the Rockies and the Purcells. There’s a terrific view here of the Steeples in the Hughes Range of the Rocky Mountains. After setting up we took a leisurely stroll down to the lake and met some of the locals. What nice folks! Apparently they've been coming to this lake since they were children and they were at least our age today.
There are only three rigs in the park this evening so it will be very quiet and peaceful. During our walk we enjoyed listening to the woodpeckers pecking and the squirrels chattering. Other than that, there wasn't a sound. And the smell, wonderful. And my smeller has been very impaired since using Zicam several years ago, so it was wonderful for the scent to permeate. We look forward to many other sights, sounds and smells in the coming weeks as we make our way up to visit Lake Louise, Jasper and the Icefields Parkway. Hope you enjoy the ride too!