Seen from the Opposite Direction
26.08.2016 - 26.08.2016
I spent the morning in the lobby of the Prince of Wales Lodge looking over my previous campsite and warming up from the night in the van and the rain.
With the map spread out on the table, I was trying to decide where to go next - North, West, South when I realized the charge on my computer was getting low.
Uh Oh! Could not find my power cord. In my mind I could see it in the wall socket at the Pine Lodge in Whitefish, Montana; I could not picture it any place after that. A call to the hotel proved my mind's eye correct.
The Surface Pro uses a power cord you can only find at a Microsoft store or on line. I now knew which direction I would go! Back to Whitefish.
I decided to go West on the highway I had taken East when I headed to Calgary two weeks ago.
The view looked a bit different from this perspective, and I enjoyed the drive. This tree has stood on this spot for centuries. As First Nations and settlers crossed this spot, it stood as a beacon on the trail, A few years ago, the tree died and fell. Locals firmly placed it back in the ground and propped it up to continue as a point on the trail
On the spot of the Frank Slide I posted two weeks ago, I had to stop to take this photo looking into the valley near the town of Fernie.
Today in Fernie, I thought I should stop for a while and see why every periodical and website from Rolling Stone to The National Geographic rank Fernie among the top ski towns. I enjoyed my visit to the museum with excellent oral histories and a bit of reading at nice coffee house. They had copies of Kinfolk, a periodical I had never seen before. I was in much better spirits than when I stayed at Island Lake Lodge when I came through town earlier in the month.
From here, I drove through Grasmere and tried to spend all my Canadian dollars at the roadside market (It wasn't difficult with a cylinder of propane at $10 and gas price per liter not even posted but just what she wanted to charge.) to cross the border at Rooseville,
The border was backed up at two booths with at least 10 cars in both lines ahead of me and more arriving behind me. As I looked around, I saw that all cars had Alberta plates. I asked the border guard about this and he told me that "Every Friday, folks will drive 100 miles to save a few bucks at Walmart."
I guess it was not my imagination that goods in Canada are more expensive.
I picked up my power cord at the Pine Lodge in Whitefish. Then, once again, I sat with the map spread in front of me. Which direction now?
I had thought I wanted to travel West and then South through Idaho. Now, it seemed like so many, many miles.
I saw Missoula just South of me. I realized that my friends Tina and Steve were less than 150 miles away. I stayed with them in 2014 and Dominique and I stayed there this spring.
I had decided which direction I would go.
Sung to the tune of Willie Nelson's Can I Sleep In Your Arms Tonight, Lady , I sang
Can I sleep in your driveway tonight, Tina?
It's so old on this highway for so long.
I made my way to their welcoming home.