Bonkoski's Alaskan Trip Journal 2008 travel blog

Our Alfa preparing to pull out of Devils Lake, N. Dakota

Larry & Dar's GMC preparing to out of Devils Lake, N. Dakota

Somewhere in the northern part of N. Dakota

The hills of northern N. Dakota

The Canadian Border crossing, just past the US Border of Portal, N....

Our only photo from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Entering the adjoining Province of Alberta, Canada; heading for Calgary

Larry & Dar's motorhome in the campground on the west side of...

Looking out from the campground on the west side of Calgary

Sunset to the west...Calgary, Alberta

=3>Awakening to the next morning of sunshine was a pure pleasure! Only about 50 degrees outside, but the sun made it seem a lot warmer. This was the day to head towards the US and Canadian border, thru Minot, North Dakota, then northwesterly along Highway 52. As the plains turned into hills, we trekked along Highway 52, and crossed over into Saskatchewan.

The small town of Portal, ND was our last US stop. We encountered zero problems at the border crossing and the Canadian Customs seemed very pleasant. It took us a bit of time due to registering both firearms, and this time Larry and Darlene had to wait for us! Shortly after the border crossing, I (Debbie) decided to take a nap. Never taking a nap in the motorhome, while Bob has been driving, I believed I was missed! Our Garmin GPS does not always think like we do! The “bitch in the box”, as Bob and I have named her, was directing the head motorhome (us) to Regina, SK. That would was fine, if we had desired to put on an additional 80 miles or so. One small turnaround in a farmers’ yard, put us back towards the direction of our next nights campsite; Moose Jaw, SK. Upon arriving, we took a short tour of the town of Moose Jaw, in our motorhome while Larry was chasing down belts for his. We arrived, once again, in the rain & high winds, to a fairly nice campsite, enjoyed some burgers and a few cocktails. The boys (Rob & Jacob) headed to the pool and waterslide, then off to the bars in town. Jacob was excited to be able to have legal beer! The drinking age is 19 years in most provinces of Canada. Our evening ended early, with a mutual agreement to leave by 8:30 a.m. the next morning.

Sunday, June 8th, we left in the rain, which we believed we never would drive out of, and the wicked winds, and headed across the plains of Saskatchewan, towards Calgary, Alberta. Interestingly, we drove through what first appeared to be mounds of dirty snow. As we later learned, what we thought was snow, was heaps of salt. There were several small salt lakes on both sides of Canadian Highway #1. We continued on westward towards Calgary, Alberta with reservations at a hillside campsite on the west side of this 1 million + city. Calgary boosts of its large size and the famous Calgary Stampede, which is held each year during the first 2 weeks of July. We stayed right on #1 and slowly drove through an abundance of traffic lights, proceeding west. Our campground was basically in the city limits and situated along side of the Canada Olympic Park. The entire Olympic Park was along side of a good sized hill (mountain, for us) and was still being used after hosting the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. After hooking up, in the rain, we realized what a beautiful spot we were actually in. The hillside location of the campground offered a wide vista of Calgary and the west side of town. Once again, dinner, laundry, some cribbage, a little TV, and then bed! It is now still somewhat light out, when our heads hit the pillows!

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