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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our Journey. Don retired October 2011 so hopefully the travelling part will increase! When we are not vacationing check in for updates about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Just the Bear Necessities!

I was thinking this holiday instead of posting on a regular day, I would try to post at the end of each "segment" or event. LOL. You will see how that goes!

September holiday started out on Tuesday, with our destination Waterton Springs Campground, on the edge of Waterton National Park. Departure was delayed a bit by a stop at Olds RV, to check on a warranty concern with the new trailer. As you own RVs over time you learn to stay on top of ANY little thing you believe is not normal, while still in the warranty period. When we were first time RV owners there were items that we weren't familiar enough with to know if they were the normal or not. So Olds RV may wish they hadn't met us! I am very happy with the service department and their ability to follow through. When we dealt with Woody's RV on the last trailer they often didn't remember what they were supposed to look for, and one time took 2 months and 6 phone calls to order a piece that never came and was forgotten from one call to another. I think I might need to teach them how to set up a customer service electronic something... Although that offer wasn't taken up, ha ha. Anyway Clarence at Olds RV has a great system, called a computer, and is even email savvy. We email our concerns, he sets up an appointment for when we are close in the area, and when we walk in the repairs are already recorded in the system for anyone to read. Enter the modern world.

Back to holidays - we arrived at Waterton about 4 pm and were soon joined by Ron and Bev. Wednesday was a day to explore the village of Waterton, and some of the sites around.  We started by driving up to Red Rock Canyon and hiking some trails there.  The weather and sights were amazing.  You can see many waterfalls and mountains, but in each setting they are all so beautiful.

The odd thing about today’s driving was the amount of bears we came upon. The first one was just crossing the highway outside of Waterton, followed closely by a cute cub. Then in the parking lot of the canyon, one was wandering around, amusing/terrifying tourists, and then on the way home yet another one crossing the road. The last one was the biggest, and we were able to watch it devour a few berries for an afternoon treat!

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The waterfalls were worth the 2 km hike in +29 weather…

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We also took the driving trail trough the buffalo paddocks and weren’t disappointed!

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The afternoon was spent enjoying a lunch in Waterton and then a leisurely stroll through the shops.  Not a lot of that in Waterton, but what they have is nice.

Back to the campground for dinner, and an evening of visiting and for Bev and I – walking.  Tomorrow we are off to Montana and Glacier National Park!

Enjoy…

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