Here's a great article from Tanya Foubert at the Rocky Mountain Outlook! Thanks to the Outlook for the interest in our big adventure!
Retirement full of adventure for Rubens
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The final stretch. Heading back to Canmore, we were not rushing back to get started with the next chapter of our lives. In fact, over the last year we have become quite accustomed to Kumu as our abode and decided to stay one last night in our beloved VW van. On our final day of travelling, our route took us on the Forestry Trunk Road and over Highway 40 through Kananaskis Country. The welcome wagon was out, seeing numerous Grizzly Bears, packs of coyotes and big horned sheep.
Mom and her cubs that were just inhaling every berry they could find.
After a quick stop to repair a flat (yes, the first flat in almost 55 000kms, and it was less than 40kms from home) we got on the Trans Canada Hwy and back to Canmore.
Snowy Three Sisters
Enjoying great company at our welcome home party. Thanks to everyone who came out to welcome us back. It was amazing to see so many familiar faces after a year of having only the two of us.
The rad shirts given to us by Marg, Lenore and Marleen!
And like that, our adventure was over. After 54,998kms, 16 countries, 60 custom clearances, 12.5 months, 62 military and/or police checkstops, sampling 69 unique beers, 17 ferry rides, 10 oil changes, numerous mechanic visits and 1 rebuilt engine we lived to make it to the end!!!! Its more than I can say for the 70 dogs, 37 guanacos, 8 horses, 7 cows, 13 cats, 1 dolphin and the 1 man that managed to meet their maker at the side of the roads we travelled.
In some ways it's good to be back. We are lucky to come home to one of the best places of our entire trip. We managed to sneak in a good amount of play time before putting our noses to the grindstone.
Shona's been out biking with her mom,
we floated down the Bow River from Banff to Canmore,
We managed to get a hike in on Yamnuska too.
Friday night light show at Mike and Mel's place.
Wouldn't be a visit to their place without a huge FIRE....
As for now, Shona is chin deep in books and scholarly things, while Andrew is back into the game of making champions. We have made the tough move to Calgary, but we have been almost too busy to notice.
We would like to thank everyone who has followed along with us on our journey. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and it was an honor to share it with everyone. If anyone has any questions about our trip we are always keen to share some stories (not ALL the stories were suitable for the blog!)
Im sure for now the blog will probably slow down but we will make sure to add pictures of any of the great experiences we have in the coming year!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Like the great words of Paul Brandt
"I'm Alberta bound.
This piece of heaven that I've found
Rocky mountains and black fertile ground
Everything I need beneath that big blue sky"
Here are a few shots from our journey across America and back towards Alberta.
A common sight... we saw hundreds of miles of this..
More Hay Bales
Driving into the sunset... Heading west
Another common sight... Shona napping which happened 2-3 times a day
The Wyoming Badlands
We drove slowly by Mt Rushmore in South Dakota as we were too cheap to spend the 11 dollars to park... I guess George thought that was pretty funny....
We then headed over to Yellowstone National Park and had our fill of checking out ton of Geysers, Fumaroles and mud pools
Crazy colours and smelly sulfur!
We nailed the timing of Old Faithful and only had to wait about 10 minutes for her to blow! It was pretty impressive
Some of the places in Yellowstone were unreal, and some spookily looked like the end of the world... Hopefully this is not an omen of what is to come.... dun dun dunnnnnnn