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Along the way, we encountered caribou, mule deer, elk, moose, a witch, a lobster poacher, a dune buggy aficionado, and a prospector. We ran some rapids on a raft we bought at a K-Mart, we hiked up countless mountains, camped out next to Half Dome and were attacked by a grizzly in the Yukon.
From time to time we'd stop in RV parks for a shower (the Chinook's was inoperable) and we'd meet the old-timers who sat in their camp chairs with a beer. "You kids are doing it right," they'd say, gulping a swig of that beer, "Retire now, work later."
It's been a fun-filled week for me after my new slide scanner was delivered and I rediscovered some of the photographs we had taken on our journey. At the time, we used slide film because it was reportedly more long-lasting. When you shoot on slide film, that means that not every slide will be made into a print; it's just too cost-prohibitive. I've not laid eyes on many of these photos since 1986. I hope you enjoy them.
Butchart Gardens are not to be missed if you go to Victoria, which is a short boat ride from Vancouver, Canada.
We parked the camper at the outskirts of Yellowstone and then hiked in half a day to a place called Union Falls where there was NOBODY but us.
The waters are naturally warm at Union Falls, and we frolicked for a long time in this beautiful spot.
This is the Athabasca Glacier with waterfalls and river. Stupendous views. Certain people are quick to say we should drill for oil in spots like this, but having been here, it is very difficult to understand that kind of thinking (or non-thinking, as it were.)
If you are considering an adventure, do it now. Do not put it off another day. Pick a date, jot down your destination, and then do it. You can't count on tomorrow. If your dream has been brewing for a long time, make it happen. I don't want to hear your excuses!
"When you explore nature, you will find yourself." - James Hong