Jul 21, 2021

Banff & blog delay

From Rocky Mountain House we traveled to Banff this past Monday. It was mostly smoky but we did get a few  clearer glimpses of the mountains. My post today was to be full of photos and so it will be but not tonight. Of course I also have yesterdays’ adventures to write about. The posts will have to wait.

There are so many fires burning in British Columbia that many are fearful. And so they should be. New fires are cropping up daily. Now there are three or four highways that have been shut down.  We have spent the last two days online following the news.

Tomorrow, Thursday, we leave for home. It is a long drive, longer with two puppies.  We know that we need to do a detour as one of our highways is closed. Another has a fire burning next to the highway but it is still open. Who knows if it will be still be open when we get there.

So I have not had time today to write those posts. Instead we are packed, the car is hooked up and we plan to leave around 7:30AM. We even made a trip to Banff town to fill the Jeep as it only had 1/4 of a tank left. Expensive at 1.429 per litre. Don’t know why we never filled up in Edmonton.  Too busy I guess. We don’t want to travel with an empty tank just in case we have to abandon the RV and drive on. We also have filled the water tank and emptied the back & grey tanks so that if we are forced to stop we will be able to and stay put as long as needed. Best to be prepared.

One community is totally surrounded by fire with no way in and no way out.  They are running out of food for themselves as well as their livestock. Other areas are evacuated or on evacuation alert and need to find places for their animals. Ash and debris are falling and of course the skies are full of smoke. We are told to expect these conditions to last for several more weeks, even months.

We did ask if we could stay here for another few days but there is no space at all.  So we are off in the morning. We think that we will be fine but one never knows with nature, especially fire and wind.


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10 Responses to “Banff & blog delay”

  1. Ken says:

    Your smoky trip reminds me of our 100 days tour of Alaska. More than 8,000,000 sq MILES of forest on fire. Depending on the wind direction one day would be clear as Crystal, the next smoked in with zero mountain views. Great trip nevertheless.
    FYI, gas in Victoria $1.68 was $1.78.
    Travel safe, enjoy the glimpses of beautiful scenery on the way home. Ken

  2. Ken says:

    Forgot to mention RV column stranded for 7 days beside the fire raked road. No supplies, water or sewage. Had to invoke the old adage of “if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if brown flush it down” we were so short of water and wine! K

    • contessa says:

      Been there done that way south of Acapulco one year. We went until the toilet was brim full. It was not fun. Horrors to be short of wine. Now you know why I pack so much.

  3. Karen says:

    So sad that Banff is/was smoked in,it’s such a beautiful place to be! Have a safe journey home ??

  4. Linda Sand says:

    I hope you find a way home that is safe and not too stressful. Please, let us know when you get there.

  5. Maxx Trails says:

    Have a safe, and hopefully uneventful, trip home. Our skies haven’t been to bad the last few days but still lots of ash falling and you can smell, and taste, the smoke in the air.

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