All of us, at the site of the Frank Slide, in Frank, Alberta

All of us, at the site of the Frank Slide, in Frank, Alberta

Epic Road Trip days 7-12

You may have noticed my lack of posting the last few days, and that is due to my extremely limited internet access. I managed to get to Tim Hortons and use the free wifi a few times to post to instagram, but that was about it. To be honest, I love not checking my phone all the time and simply being able to enjoy the moment and all the of amazing scenery!!!!

We arrived in Alberta, Canada on Friday, July 25th

We arrived in Alberta, Canada on Friday, July 25th

We have been in Canada almost a week now, enjoying the Crowsnest Pass in Western Alberta. Grandpa John took us hiking, swimming, camping and showed us all the local sites.

Our first full day here we hiked to these little falls and splashed and played in them

Our first full day here we hiked to these little falls and splashed and played in them

It’s hard to say what my favorite part has been and if you asked each of the kids you would probably get a different answer. The 9 year old definitely enjoyed our 3 days at Chinook Lake as evidenced by the next few photos.

9 year old learns to row and spent hours on the lake

9 year old learns to row and spent hours on the lake

Grandpa also gave both the bigger boys snorkles, but I think they will get more use out of them when we get to warmer waters. The locals assured us this was the warmest body of water around, but it was still pretty darn cold to these Texans

Grandpa also gave both the bigger boys snorkles, but I think they will get more use out of them when we get to warmer waters. The locals assured us this was the warmest body of water around, but it was still pretty darn cold to these Texans

The scenery while we were camping was breathtaking. I can’t even describe it, so I will show you a few photos, but honestly, they don’t do it justice.

Chinook Lake, where we camped Monday through Wednesday

Chinook Lake, where we camped Monday through Wednesday

And more Chinook Lake... I will spare you the other hundred photos I took.

And more Chinook Lake… I will spare you the other hundred photos I took.

The last evening of our camping trip to Chinook Lake, the 4 year old wanted to take a bath, because she was dirty (weren't we all), so I walked her down to the lake for an evening swim. While she was swimming (she was the bravest one, it was too cold for me) we saw a beaver on the other side.

The last evening of our camping trip to Chinook Lake, the 4 year old wanted to take a bath, because she was dirty (weren’t we all), so I walked her down to the lake for an evening swim. While she was swimming (she was the bravest one, it was too cold for me) we saw a beaver on the other side.

We took a 4 mile hike one morning and got a beautiful view of Crowsnest Mountain. I was so proud of the 4 year old who hiked ahead the whole time

We took a 4 mile hike one morning and got a beautiful view of Crowsnest Mountain. I was so proud of the 4 year old who hiked ahead the whole time

My sweet little girl missed her daddy. I missed him too, considering that means I am the parent on call 24/7. Such kudos to all my single parent friends who do this all the time without help from a spouse. It’s HARD being the only one. And while traveling, when the little ones feel insecure, I am the one they turn to. I am their sense of home, safety and security. Humbling. And at moments frustrating, I won’t lie.

This sweet pumpkin has been a little grumpier than usual. I think she really misses daddy, but every time I tell her to smile for a picture for daddy, she lights right up.

This sweet pumpkin has been a little grumpier than usual. I think she really misses daddy, but every time I tell her to smile for a picture for daddy, she lights right up.

One my other favorite days was when we visited the site of the Frank Slide at the base of Turtle Mountain. It was the deadliest rock slide in Canadian history and my photo cannot accurately capture how epic and terrible this event was. We hiked through the rocks at the base of the mountain and spent an afternoon learning about the story of the Frank Slide.

Hiking through the rocks that slid off of Turtle mountain, burying the river, railroad and part of the village below

Hiking through the rocks that slid off of Turtle mountain, burying the river, railroad and part of the village below

In conclusion, here are some of the highlights from this week:

Despite declaring that she would “hold it” for 3 days after seeing the outhouse at the campground, the 4 year old did indeed learn how to use this hole in the ground.

Grandpa John had never eaten s’mores before. We corrupted him.

Everything tastes better cooked over a fire.

You appreciate water when it must be carried from the lake and boiled.

You appreciate wifi when it is rare.

Today we visited the world's biggest truck, which is much like the one Grandpa John drives for work at the mine

Today we visited the world’s biggest truck, which is much like the one Grandpa John drives for work at the mine

Tomorrow we head West. We have enjoyed visiting Grandpa John ever so much and he has been great to put up with the chaos that comes with inviting 4 kids into your home. So, we are a little sad to leave. But onward ho!

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