Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Long Journey to Rest

It was so odd packing the car...with suitcases for a vacation. Normally we'd be loading the 32-foot Taylor rolling hotel (that would be our trailer). But we are trying to sell it, so this vacation would be all suitcases and inexpensive hotels.

We still left Colorado two hours late rolleing out at 3:00 p.m. for Billings, Mt. and arriving at 11:00 p.m. Yuck. But the drive was wonderful primarily because Todd and I enjoyed hours of talking - my favorite part of a road trip.

We rolled out of Billings the next morning headed for Canada. Okay, I love technology but didn't completely think through the implications of really depending on technology for this trip. I was using a GPS app on my Samsung Galaxy tablet. Unfortuately, it only works as long as you have a cell connection. So, we made a bit of a detour through a beautiful area of Montana (passing Snowdown ski resort). From what I could tell we added an hour to our day...oh well, it was beautiful.

Finally crossed into Alberta, Canada in the afternoon. Now we are all Canadian dollars ands kilometers. Which means we are never quitre sure how much money we are spending or how fast we are going.

As a Taylor family unit we are all about the side trips on vacation. I love finding the unusual or memorable off the beaten path stop. Canada did not disappoint. So we found ourselves at the county and town of Vulcan. Enough said!

The countryside in Alberta is covered in these beautiful fields of yellow somethings. We arrived in Calgary around 8:30 p.m. tired and ready to stop driving for a day or so. Today we are off to explore Calgary and await the midnight arrival of my younger brother Peter from California who will join us for the Banff portion of our trip.

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