In September of 2005 we took the scenic route to Nelson, BC.
The main purpose of this trip was to attend the Horizon's Unlimited Rally in the
Toad Rock Campground near Nelson, BC. We went east through the Snake River Canyon,
the Sawtooth Mountains, the Salmon River, Glacier National Park, Edmonton, AB, and
the Icefields Parkway on our way there.
The weather was good all through Idaho, Montana and southern Alberta. When we arrived
at our friend's house in Central Alberta, we hit thunderstorms, but we were indoors
then. They are not only GoldWinger's, but horse people. The women stayed indoors,
but Dave and I went for a ride around their property on a couple horses.
After a couple days there we went to the Royal Museum near Edmonton for their display
of motorcycles. It was the Labor Day weekend and also Alberta's 100th birthday. The
museum had a farmer's market and an antique steam tractor show going on too. These
two boys had a working model of the steam tractor dad was running, complete with
a working grain thresher on the other end of the belt.
We spent the next day (Labor Day) in Edmonton visiting the mall and Fort Edmonton. The
mall is huge with an indoor waterpark (5 acre lake with surf), an indoor amusement
park with a tall roller coaster, and in the middle of the mall, in the aisle between
the shops, is a lake with submarine rides, dolphin show, peddle boats and a full-size
mockup of Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria. Fort Edmonton is a replica village of
Edmonton's historic buildings divided into sections by date with people in period
costume, the original fort, then 1895, 1905, 1925. Because of the holiday and anniversary
admission was free, and the place was full of visitors.
From Edmonton we went to Jasper and followed the Icefields Parkway south and then
we went southwest to the Toad Rock Campground for the Horizon's Unlimited Rally. We
arrived a day early, on Thursday, and helped Grant (of Grant & Susan, who own Horizon's
Unlimited) set up for the rally. That evening we went to a nearby hot spring and
proceeded to cook ourselves to medium-well-done. The next morning it started to
rain, and continued thru the entire rally. It did dampen some spirits, some people
went to nearby motels. We toughed it out because we were testing our gear that we
have bought to take to Europe.
On Sunday, as people left, it stopped raining. We headed south thru Spokane, Washington
and southwest to Oregon for the night. It was dry and sunny and we laid out our
wet tarps and opened up the tent and sleeping bags to dry. The following day we
arrived at home. We reviewed and discussed the gear. In general we will keep all
but some minor pieces, but I need to move some weight forward. Nothing of any big
problem. It was a successful and fun trip.