The trip to Edmonton was a busy time for us all – I had a conference to attend and Paul had the kids full-time (which is a job and a half!) Having the world’s biggest mall nearby helped!
We drove back to Vancouver through the Rockies – had one night in Calgary with my cousin Kate and Frank. They have a lovely house (very exciting to be in house again with a back yard!) and it was a great evening for us. They coped with our chaos very well. 🙂
Second night was in Vernon at the Best Western hotel. The front desk gave us a discount because they thought the kids were so cute (good grief!), and we discovered that the inside of the hotel is a pool/restaurant area that all rooms open into. It is strung with fairy lights – the whole thing was most surreal.
We covered about 1500kms in three days, and only had the threaten to leave the kids on the side of the road once. They were real troopers. Jamie wept when he discovered we didn’t get to keep the car and would be using the bus again when we got back to Vancouver. A new generation of environmentalist is born!
the boys on the train.
Inside West Edmonton Mall (second largest in the world)
Pirates are coming!!!
Yes this is inside a mall, and this is only one of the amusement parks.
Our hotel/university room at University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Now on the road..
Into the Rockies
Our hotel in Vernon in the BC equivalent to Central Otago, mountains, lakes hot summers, cold winters, wineries and skifields. This hotel was shaped like a big square with a rook covering the interior atrium, they made the inside like a giant pot plant haven, still quite cool and all the trees had pretty xmas lights on at night.
Looking down the valley to Lake Osoyoos – our street’s name sake. The hills in the distant are in fact USA, and this area is actually the hottest in Canada and the only Desert in Canada with cactus and rattlesnakes.
Visitors Centre at Osoyoos.
When a truck comes into trouble on the steep Rockies roads, and the breaks are gone, what is a truckie to do but run his truck (presumably at full tilt) up one of these side run-off roads. They are everywhere and are rough as guts. Still beats plunging off a cliff.