Urban Farming

A few generations ago growing your own food was a part of life.  Today it seems like it is a lost art.  It is an art form that definitely intrigues me.  Our family travels have not been good for the honing of my green thumb but I keep trying to grow a variety of different veggies and berries on our little piece of downtown Longmont.  One day this spring I was out in our garden that sits between the sidewalk and the street working when a lady came by and said, “your farm is looking good!”  Wow, she called my little plot of veggies a farm!  Which means I am a farmer.  An urban farmer!

So, when Steph said she found an urban farm in Kelowna British Columbia that was also an RV park, I was super excited to check the place out.  We arrived at the park in the heat of the day but pulled right in to site #9 as instructed by Tyler, the owner, who called us earlier in the day.  He just opened the RV part of the farm in May so the sites are freshly landscaped and look really nice and clean.  Spots are a little on the tight side but not impossible.  I noticed about  half of the sites had rigs as big as ours and all our trucks were sticking out beyond our official spot.  All the spots are full hook up and the WiFi is super strong and snappy!
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In hot water

After a busy day of driving and hiking yesterday it was nice to just relax today.  We took plenty of walks around the campground, read, played frisbee and horseshoes.  I called my dad to wish him a happy 82nd birthday and had a nice chat with him and my mom.

Our campground was just a few miles from the town of Radium Springs which is home to a hot springs pool.  But it was a blistering hot day so we decided to try out the pool after the temp cooled down a bit in the evening.  So after dinner we drove the short distance to town.   Before going o the hot springs we stopped to check out the stations of the cross they have on a hillside in town.  I don’t think I have ever done the stations of the cross so this was a very neat experience and we counted it as our church for the day being a Sunday and all.
Stations of the cross
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Beautiful Banff

As Steph was researching where all to go on our summer trip she reached out to many friends asking for advice.  One of our friends from the ‘hood were also heading in that direction and it seemed would be in the Banff area about the same time we were.  So we made sure to align our Canadian Rockies visit with the Tillery family.  We decided to meet up for a hike in Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park at 0900 to try to avoid at least some of the crowds.  Being a 1.5 hour drive from our campground to the the trailhead meant a super early morning for our family.  But we made it and were able to find our friends in the sea of visitors.
The whole gang
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Oh Canada

Last year when we were at Niagara Falls we so badly wanted to cross over the border to check out the falls from the Canada side.  However, we did not have valid passports.  So, we made it a priority to get passports for the whole family before this trip so we could cross the border if we wanted to.  And we wanted to!  Brielle was so excited about going to a different country and the Canadian Rockies sound like an amazing place.  On top of that, we had some friends that were going to be in the Banff area about the same time we were so we decided to hook up with them for a day.  But first we had some logistics.
Border

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Hungry Horse

Our last day in the Glacier National Park area we decided to keep pretty lazy and just stick around the Hungry Horse area.  I worked in the morning, Steph made more travel plans and the kids read and vegged out.  Later in the morning we went on an excursion to check out near by Lion Lake and the Hungry Horse reservoir.  While at the reservoir we took a lot of dam pictures as this thing was pretty impressive…its the 10th tallest dam in the US!  Looking over the edge made my tail bone hurt!!
Dam picture

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East side

As we talked to several rangers on the west side of Glacier NP they all said that it was very much worth it to make the long drive around to see the east side of the park.  Of course, there are a few months of the year you can get there in 50 miles on Going to the Sun road, but that was closed so we had to go around.  While it was a long way to drive around we figured since we’ve come this far we might as well check out the other side.  We packed a lunch, piled in the truck (even Sheba got to come along) and we headed off.

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Not going to the sun

When in Glacier National Park you HAVE to drive Going to the Sun road between the east and west sides of the park.  Unless, of course, its closed.  Apparently we are still too early in the season and the road is still being cleared of snow.  While our timing was poor for that aspect of the park we showed up on a year of mass bear grass blooms!  Bear grass (xerophyllum tenax) is a common wildflower in the park but massive blooms like they are having this summer are said to occur only every 5-10 years!
Bear grass

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New Tradition

It is Father’s Day today and I realized something.  We are currently traveling and are at the headwaters of the Missouri river, a key location in Lewis and Clark’s expedition.  Last year at this exact time we were at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis which is a memorial for those who made possible the western expansion of the United States including Lewis and Clark!  So, it seems as though our new family tradition is to spend each Father’s Day doing something related to Lewis and Clark.  Ok, maybe that’s a silly tradition, but I think its pretty interesting how we ended up on Meriwether and Williams’ path 2 Father’s Days in a row.

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Caverns and Crows

The day started early with the furnace not working.  Although I was pretty groggy I quickly figured out that it was a fuse related problem.  When I went to pull the fuse the furnace kicked on and the fuse fault light went out.  Apparently it had just come a bit lose.  Whew!  Next up on the docket is me driving into the little town of Three Forks MT to the CarQuest shop to borrow their scan tool (which they keep behind the counter in a Crown Royal bag) to see why the check engine light was on in the Beast.  A P2599.  That means that the turbo vane sensor showed a more open position that the ECM thought it was at.  I cleared the code and am praying that it was just a fluke due to some really long and heavy driving yesterday through the mountains at 75MPH with a huge headwind.

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