Wednesday, June 23, 2010

On the Road to Radium

Today we shed our shackles and hooked our outfit up to head to Radium Hot Springs for some R&R. Yah, I know, what have we done lately, well a lot of traveling, a lot of visiting and a fair bit of yard and home maintenance on those rare days that we found ourselves at the farm when it was not pouring rain. What we haven’t done is just sit and enjoy the world around us and that is what we are planning on doing for the next 5 or 6 days. We headed west into the Rockies and climbed up to the continental divide where we thought we needed a break to celebrate getting our new tow vehicle up that steep climb, no problem.


Now these Mountain Parks are beautiful but the one thing they are a little short on is parking for todays size of outfits. Back in my childhood years I can remember all these parking lots were more than big enough to hold my Grandpa’s car and 18 foot trailer and even when he upsized to a magnificent 21 feet there still appeared to be acres of room. Now our new tow vehicle makes ours a shade over 60 feet long and that limits the pullouts that are available. The one at the Continental Divide is big enough, just, and so is the one at the Paint Pots but Marble Canyon is a little small, although there is a spot across the road and a little south of the parking lot that looked like it would work. Below is a shot of my grandmother and my 38 year old son in the same campground we are in tonight. Looks as if there is a lot of room here then.




Today is the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism here in Canada so our flags are flying at half-mast for that occasion. The one on the left is British Columbia’s and the one on the right is Alberta’s and they are each flying on their own territory.


After our lunch break we headed on to the Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park just outside of Radium Hot Springs. They gave us a complicated confirmation number when we made the reservation which I wrote down as I was sure not to remember any of it but as we drove up to the entrance the girls said you must be the Brown’s and we are waiting for you to arrive. Not sure what makes us memorable, the last time we were here was in 2006 and before that I was on vacation with my own kids 20 years ago. Oh well maybe they were just looking for a big rig to fit in a small space. Fooled them, we fit nicely, although there is not a lot of room to spare with the slides out but the campground is not to full so we have no neighbours close to us.


Now back to the book reading and catching up on the blogs I follow.


  1. I lived in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley for a few years in the early 70's & your mention of Kootenay brings back memories of the Kootenay mountain range. BC is truly a beautiful Province. I would love to be camped out where you guys are now...........

  2. Oh! Another lovely place and beautiful pictures, JB.

    Everyone shows the Continental Divide in the USA, but this is the first time I have seen it in Canada. Very interesting.

    You have an ideal setting for your R & R.

    Happy Trails, Penny, TX