After saying our last goodbyes to the Alaska Caravan, we zipped across Canada in six days so we could arrive in Chicago by September 5th. The Yellowhead Highway connects the four western Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.
Starting in Stuart, British Columbia, the first day we drove 612 miles across the British Columbia section of the Yellowhead Highway. Thirteen hours later, we stayed at Mount Terry Fox Rest Area in the Selwyn Range of the Rocky Mountains. The peak was named in 1981 to honor cancer victim Terry Fox, who, before his death from the disease, raised approximately $25 million for cancer research during his attempt to run across Canada. At dawn of Day Two, we drove through Jasper National Park, and after 495 miles of scenic Alberta Province, we stayed in Edmonton. Day Three, we traveled 645 miles to the center of Saskatchewan Province outside Saskatoon for lunch at Russell then to Winnipeg in the Manitoba Province. Day Four we left the Yellowhead Highway for the Trans Canadian Highway 1 to the International Falls Border in Ontario Province Canada. Once in the U.S. and 522 miles later, we settled down in a Walmart Store parking lot in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
On September 4th and a day ahead of schedule, we decided to go to Green Bay Wisconsin. We stayed behind a Cabela Store right next to Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. ‘Titletown’ banners, Cheeseheads hats, Vince Lombardi statues, Aaron Rodgers jerseys, and the emerald green and yellow colors are everywhere in this town, and I mean everywhere.
ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MICHIGAN:
Next stop was Centegra Hospital-McHenry Illinois for a quick visit with Taryn. Taryn was busy studying for her Step Two Medical Test and interning at the hospital. Steve flew to Mammoth California for his Guys Golf Weekend with Steve Andrade and Rick Owens. Patty and Maverick stayed with Marquette Elementary School friends Lydia and Lonnie Price in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Popcorn Festival celebrating home-town boy Orville Redenbacher was the happening event that weekend. Steve unfortunately scratched his retina removing a contact lens, so we spent a few days in Flint, Michigan going to the eye doctor. We did not drink the water and stayed outside of Flint in a really nice RV park called Holiday Shores Durant Michigan RV Resort.
NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO CANADA:
Niagara Falls in Ontario Province is the Canadian city on the Niagara River’s western shore. The American Falls, Goat Island, and Horseshoe Falls can be best seen from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Watching the frothy water tumble at alarming speeds was mesmerizing.
In the evening, we watched the falls being illuminated in various color combinations. We put on ponchos and hopped aboard the Hornblower boat to cruise close enough to the falls to be drenched by the spray. It was spectacular to look up at the falls and view their breathtaking splendor.
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