Friday, 10 August 2012

Day 22 - Banff to Kelowna

Our alarm was set on the iphone in mom and dad's trailer go get up and see our friends off (we slept in mom and dad's trailer and let them have our trailer for the night).  They had to meet their real estate agent early in the morning (We hope they found their 'now' dream home).  It was a short visit but we were really happy that we got to see them and it was so nice of them to come meet us! 

Our gang was ready to leave Banff at 1000.  Today we are heading to Kelowna.  We debated between there or Kamloops but everyone we spoke to said that we should go through Kelowna (Okanagan Valley)without a doubt. We are following the group at the back today and are surprised when they get off at the Lake Louise exit.  Turns out they decided they wanted to go have a look.  Fine with us but we have to keep going because we have to drive while BB Girl is sleeping.  That is our prime time travelling time.  We decide to turn around and get back on the Highway. Not too long after, we crossed the border into British Columbia.  We stopped for our must have picture and end up being there with two other cars from Ontario! 

By the time we get back in the truck, my parents and aunt and uncle pass us so we are reunited again.  Turns out their rig was way too big to be pulling in at Lake Louise on a Sunday afternoon.  It's time for lunch and mon oncle Bernie the fearless cowboy pulls his gigantic rig into a picnic area.  We didn't think much of it at first because we figured he had been there before but he then told us he didn't.  You never know how big those areas will be.  Turns out it was perfect for our 3 rigs.  There was a nice little river and it was so inviting.  Justin was the first brave one and went right in!  Me and ma tante Syndi followed.  I didn't think she was go all the way in but since she did, I had to follow!  Glacier water is Refreshing!  Ma tante Syndi prepared some sandwiches for the whole gang and we continued our journey.  This was a really nice relaxing spot for all of us!
Love these running/water shoes!

Pépère et cocotte

Mon oncle Bernie et Cocotte

Mom loving life!
Justin is the first brave one to dive into the glacier cold water.

My crazy ma tante!!! Gotta love her!

Our mini trailer, followed by mom and dad's fifth wheel, and finally mon oncle Bernie's castle on wheels!
Next stop was in Revelstoke for gas.  Dad's truck has the smallest gas tank.  He can't go much more than 300kms before having to fill up.  It makes for a lot of fuel stops.  Along the journey, I am responsible for finding us a campground.  After calling all the campsites there are only two campgrounds with availabilities.  One of the sites is 80$ a night.  For that price, we can almost stay in a hotel so I decide to go with the other one which is right across the beach and near downtown Kelowna.  I don't know why, but we were expecting a four hour drive.  It ended up being a very long day with about 6hours of driving. 
We've got a convoy going on.

Once at the campsite, ma tante and mon oncle had to turn their RV around and they went to the back of the campsite to do so where all the tents were.  Ma tante wanted to leave immediately.  Me and Justin had no idea what was going on.  Turns out when they drove back there they saw a lot of people smoking weed and having a good time.  She was terrified that they would harm our trailers or us.  She was saying that we couldn't stay there with BB Girl!  Oh! Ma tante!  We almost convince her that they are just having a good time when the RCMP pulls in at the front office! oh! no!! It adds fuel to the fire.  Ma tante went to ask what was going on and they were only looking for information on something that had happened at the beach earlier that day!  They wanted to go to the really expensive campground but when I told them it was 45minutes back the way we came from they decided to stay! Guess what! I am still alive to write my blog ma tante!!  Love you crazy girl!!  We settled in, mom made some supper, I did some more laundry and we all called it a night early.
We were all together.

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