Monday, June 26, 2017. Traveled from the Caribou RV Campground in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada to the Sourdough RV Campground in Tok, Alaska. The Coyote did not run away immediately like most coyotes I see. Maybe he is not used to seeing people out in the wild. He seemed to be quite curious about me. He kept moving closer to me to check out me and my big lens! The black bear was eating grass near some bouquets of purple flowers. Thought that would make for a good image. However, when I started moving in to fill my frame with bear and flowers, he was not comfortable and quickly ran across the highway! I finally crossed the border into Alaska and traveled another 90 miles to the Sourdough RV Campground in Tok, Alaska after completing over 6,000 miles. Only another 9,000 miles to go until I return home to Helotes, Texas. Just guessing!
Sunday, June 25, 2017. Moose, Caribou, Black Bears, Bison on the drive to Watson Lake where I always take a self-portrait at the Sign Post Forest to revisit my Jack and Helotes, Texas signs. First placed the signs in 2014. Came back in 2016 and 2017! Which end of the black bear do you prefer? Had to post the image of the buffalo taking a potty break for my brother. He loves those kind of pictures. Not sure I could sell it, though. Passed by Stone Mountain on the way.
Saturday, June 24, 2017. I always eat at Smitty’s Restaurant in Hinton in memory of my Grandfather, Verner Smith, who was know as “Smitty.” Starting to see Caribou. Got my self-portrait at Dawson Creek at the official site of Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway! Spent the night at Tetsa River RV Campground. Cabin image represents simple living in the woods!
Friday, June 23, 2017. Took my usual drive to visit the Big Horn Rams out the Cadomin Highway. Plenty of deer. The big horns were very far away on top of a hill. Spotted the bald eagle and watched him for an hour to an hour and a half. Decided to return to see if the sheep were any closer to the road. I was about to leave the area when all of a sudden some of them were beside the road. While I was taking pictures, another group charged over the hill to my left and joined the first group. After a short period of time, I noticed the rams looking up at the top of the hill to my right. A third group was standing up above us and eventually joined the others. It was truly a memorable event! The last image I took from my van as I was about to drive away and return to the KOA.
Thursday, June 22, 2017. Here are some of the images I captured while driving through Jasper NP on my way to Hinton!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Drove from Waterton Lakes National Park to Banff National Park. Camped in my usual site #1 at Rampart Creek Campground. Black bears frequent the campground. There was a sighting at 8:00 AM, long before I got there. Looks like a bear left a big pile of skat in my neighbors campsite!
Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Me and the deer were both disappointed that Trappers Mountain Grill did not open for breakfast until 8:00 AM! Had to wait until 6:300 AM to pick up a Starbucks coffee. My daughter, Geneva would be proud of me for ordering a Caramel Macchiato instead of my usual Caramel Frappucino. Then, I drove out Red Canyon Road to visit the bears again. However, the bears seemed to be avoiding me my first drive through. So, I decided to relax and enjoy watching the morning sunlight come and go behind the clouds, while waiting for moose or deer to possibly show themselves along the riverside. Did not happen! The birds put on a show for me! Driving the road again, allowed me an opportunity to see another bear. The bear seemed a little startled by the sound of my camera as it crossed the road. Look at those eyes! Don’t know when I will have good wifi again for some new posts. Traveling into the wilds of Banff and Jasper National Parks and some dry camping (no electricity)!
Monday, June 19, 2017. Drove from Glacier National Park, Montana to cross the border into Canada to spend a couple of days in Waterton Lakes. Camped at the campground in town. My MyPod allowed me to join the “common” folks using tents (No big motorhomes here)! The ground squirrels were also my neighbors. Don’t think they really like sharing their space with us! The deer are also apart of the landscape in town. A famous fixture here is the Prince of Wales Hotel on top of the hill by the big lake (500 feet deep in some places). Folks like to enjoy the water in the heat of the day at the end of Red Canyon Road. The lupines were out, starting to go to seed. Lots of people taking pictures of the flowers. Self-portrait for me, too. In Texas, this happens in March and April, not June! Bears, bears, and more bears (both black and grizzlies)! Moose, dear, coyote also. Some folks with big lenses, most with iPhone cameras.
Sunday, June 18, 2017. Camping at KOA St Mary/East Glacier. Going to the Sun Road was only open for the first twelve miles. Could not get up to the Alpine Visitor Center to visit the Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goats, Grizzlies, etc. Saw a bear. But, no time for a picture. The red tent campsite image in Many Glaciers Campground is for Lara and Tony. Hope you enjoy your trip to this beautiful place. Hiked to Apikuni Falls. Saw the grizzly near this area. The bad news is I found bear skat on the trail. The good news is the skat was not fresh. Yes, Sally, I was carrying my bear spray. Still have not had to use it after all these years. Except to make sure I know how to use it! Reporting no falls for me on Father’s Day.