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This summer we packed the family into our little car, loaded the pod, and pointed our nose north.  The first stop was Seattle, for family visits, which included some urban hiking.  Circumambulating Lake Union, we found ourselves in the middle of the Wooden Boat Festival.


A few days later, we were back on the road, headed north again.  We crossed the border successfully, and just kept going north and east.

We got in late to the Illecilleweat campground in Glacier National Park of Canada, and here hit the first major snag of the trip: we couldn't find Eldest Son's sleeping bag.  Apparently at a gear-readjustment stop it had fallen out.  Someone somewhere has found a rather nice, if 30+-year-old, down mummy bag, possibly in the Safeway parking lot in Monroe, WA.  Since we were far from anywhere and it was about ten p.m., we made do.

After a sometimes chilly night for some, we got up and found ourselves in the middle of the park.  Of course, since it never seemed to get dark up there (not before we were asleep, anyway), we'd actually seen quite a lot the day before.


The Visitor's Center at Rogers Pass:

They helped us get maps and pick a dayhike.  

By mid-morning, we were headed up the trail to Balu Pass, an 8-mile round trip to get some great views of the Columbia Range (not officially the Canadian Rockies yet).

Promising-looking country:


it was too early for most flowers, but we saw some of the ones that come out as soon as the snow is off:


We got to the pass pretty quickly, and oddly (given our less-than-early start), no one else seemed to have gotten there ahead of us.





Our boys raced each other to the snowfields on the way down, in order to get an edge in the on-going snowball fight.


That was it for GNPofC.  By early afternoon, we were on our way toward the Rockies again, with a stop in Golden, BC, at the only outdoor gear shop around.  Happily, we were able to find a suitable sleeping bag, which Eldest Son seems to like better than the lost bag. We ended the day at Kickinghorse Campground in Yoho National Park. . . that TR comes next!


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Nice pics and sounds like a fun trip.  You can never go wrong with hitting up, even if accidentally, a wooden boat showing.

We forgot our sons water shoes, being two hours from town, he made due barefooted.  ;)

I'm sure your son will enjoy the new bag.  ;)


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When I was a kid we all went barefoot just about everywhere in summer.  So did my kids when little.  It's only in the last few years we've bothered with camp/water shoes for them.

Yeah, Eldest Son likes the new bag much better.  We got a Thermarest bag with differential insulation, which allows it to be much wider at the shoulders for about the same weight.  He's not very big, but I think he sleeps like I do--in motion.


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Do the guys know you refer to the family as the Rebeccas?  :)

Nice pictures, and I will enjoy whatever you post before 9 tomorrow morning, your time.  I will be gone for a week, headed back for the second half of the XC drive.  


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Do the guys know you refer to the family as the Rebeccas?  :)

Nice pictures, and I will enjoy whatever you post before 9 tomorrow morning, your time.  I will be gone for a week, headed back for the second half of the XC drive.  

Zeke, to question A, the answer is, I'm not sure.  My mom does, because I usually send her the links to read my TRs (yeah, so she reads all youse guyses comments, too!)

And the rate I've been going with the photos, you'll be done with your drive (sounds like you are taking a more rational pace this time!) before I get the next section up.  I've been busy!


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Beautiful mountains, fun report.  Keep 'em coming.

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Great TR -- thanks!

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