Heber City

As we departed from Victor Idaho, we drove towards our next destination, the charming Heber City, and were blown away by the stunning fall colors on full display. Arriving at the Mountain Valley RV Resort, we were greeted with a breathtaking view of the towering Wasatch Mountains in the distance.

The next morning, we woke up early to embark on a scenic drive through the Wasatch Mountain State Park. The vibrant hues of orange, red, and yellow leaves framed the winding roads, creating a picturesque autumn landscape that took our breath away. We stopped at various viewpoints to take in the stunning panoramas of the mountain ranges stretching as far as the eye could see.
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McBride, BC in the Robson Valley

On the drive from Quesnel to McBride we passed through Prince George before heading east into wide open country with growing mountains on either side as we passed through the Robson Valley. The Robson Valley is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bears, wolves, and mountain goats. The valley is part of the Rocky Mountain Trench, which is one of the most important wildlife corridors in North America, connecting the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific coast.

McBride is a small town located in the Robson Valley region of British Columbia. The town of McBride was founded in 1913 as a railway stop for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The railway played an important role in the development of the town, and it remains a significant part of the local economy to this day. The town has a rich history, with many heritage buildings and and small restaurants to explore.We stayed at the NV Mountain Chalets RV Park east of McBride. Continue reading

’69 Mets 53rd Reunion, Brentwood Bay

We left Ferndale WA early in the morning to catch the BC Ferry from Tsawwassen To Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. After quick tour and great lunch in Sydney we headed to the Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa to begin the 53rd Mets Reunion. After a little sightseeing around Brentwood Bay we all congregated in the bar and enjoyed a great meal rehashing old (very old) war stores. The next day we all met at Butchart Gardens under blue skies to enjoy the marvellous flowers and landscaping.  We finished the day with another group dinner at a local pub.  On our last day we all met at Tom and Margaret Lidkea’s home in Oak Bay.  Margaret took us all on a guided nature tour of Cattle Point and Uplands Park . We finished off with a great homemade meal at Tom and Margaret’s including a lot of small talk and ending with an epic reading of one of Alex Curries poems by Liz Seto. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

West Glacier and Polebridge

On July 3rd it was a beautiful sunny day to drive 35 miles northwest of Columbia Falls to Polebridge, MT, in the remote northwest corner of Glacier National Park. The community is named for the log bridge that formerly connected the “inner” North Fork Road in Glacier National Park to the “outer” North Fork Road, and is very close to the Canada-United States border. The Polebridge Mercantile Store is on the National Register of Historic Places and has been in operation since 1914. The “Merc”, originally established by William and Jessie Adair, is one of the anchors of the North Fork experiences, known as “The North Fork’s Last Best Outpost”. The Mercantile Bakery is worth the drive, huckleberry bear claws, cinnamon rolls, macaroons, coffee, fresh baked bread/hot pocket sandwiches, and signature pizzas are all delicious. We each had a huckleberry bear claw and the hot pocket sandwiches were amazing and great to take on your hike. After spending time at Bowman Lake taking photographs we drove back to Polebridge and stopped at the Northern Lights Saloon for a beer. It’s a one-of-a-kind rustic bar and restaurant, surrounded by good vibes, idyllic mountain views, incredible food and cold brews. Click on thumbnail to view images. Click on thumbnail to view image Continue reading

Going to the Sun Road, Glacier NP

Mountain-GoatThe rain from yesterday cleared the sky of the smoke from the fires, mostly from Washington, and the Going-to-the-Sun road opened back up today. We decided to take this opportunity to drive this Road to see the damage from the fire and the magnificent mountain views. There is still construction on the road and we were stopped in traffic for some time. As we started to move again a black bear cub came running across the road in front of us. We were able to capture some photos of him as he looked back with curiosity at us, and then he was gone. The road went right through the middle of the burnt out area and the devastation was immense. We were not allowed to stop anywhere along the road until we passed the fire damage. The blue sky was dotted with puffy white clouds and the mountain vistas were beautiful to see again.  Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

San Juan Skyway

The weather finally cleared and we decided to drive the San Juan Skyway Loop, 232 miles, one of the most scenic drives in America today. The sun was shining brightly and the mountain peaks were covered in freshly covered snow. From Durango, Colorado we drove north following the Animas River valley and then climbed up to the Molas Pass at 10,899 feet, and all the way down into Silverton, Colorado, founded in 1874. The town’s elaborate Victorian architecture reflects the millions of dollars in gold and silver that were mined here during the 1800’s. Leaving Silverton we climbed the Million Dollar Highway winding through the iron-clad Red Mountains, along the sheer sides of the Uncompahgre Gorge, through tunnels and past cascading waterfalls over the highest elevation at 11,075 feet, and arrived in the town of Ouray, Colorado, known as the “Switzerland of America”. Most of the buildings here were built between 1880 and 1900 and the entire town is a National Historic District. We stopped at the spectacular Box Canyon Falls and the famous hot springs. Continue reading