Why Valleyview? Because it’s there–550 miles from Toad River, BC, and enough driving for the day. But the story really centers around the trip between Toad River and Fort Nelson, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. A beautiful day, made more beautiful by the forecast for snow that never materiaized. The Stone Sheep in the road across the high passes and the black bears along the side made for slow but glorious progress. Lots of pictures–some below, and some will appear in an album later. The wildlife list was rounded out by coyotes, elk, and marmots. The density of black bears was surprising. We lost count after a dozen or so.
Tomorrow, Zach and Emily split from us and drive to Banff via the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff–reputedly the most beautiful drive in North America. Mary and I will do it later this summer when we’re not split between the UHaul and the Subaru. It’s only 300 miles from our house…
We meet up in Banff for the final push to Kalispell on Friday.
A few images, with more to come later.