Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Canada trip
Remember our plans to go on a bus tour that would take us up into Canada? It sounded so carefree: our rooms would be booked for us, most of the meals taken care of. Cliff could actually look out the window and enjoy the scenery, rather than having to do all the driving.
Yes, it was pricey, but Cliff has a rather large tractor fund and he was willing to foot the bill.
However, we would have to fly to Calgary to start the bus tour. Cliff hates to fly. And yet, the thought of driving so far didn't appeal to him either.
His older brother has been doing a lot of traveling with his wife lately, and Cliff started wondering if they would be interested in driving to Canada with us: that way there would be three drivers taking turns at the wheel and sharing gasoline expenses.
So we've talked to them, and it looks as though we will make the trip in that manner, using the bus tour destinations (loosely) as a guide. However, we will be seeking our own lodging, which worries me somewhat. I wonder if it's possible to find a motel in the Canadian Rockies section of Canada during peak tourist season. I know we could book lodging ahead of time, but that keeps you tied to a schedule, and who wants to be on a time clock when they are on vacation?
I'm fairly certain I have at least one Canadian reader, and I would love to have some input either in the comment section or in email.
We would probably rent a good-sized vehicle for the trip; Cliff's brother says that's the ideal solution; if you have car trouble, you simply get a different car.
We will have to get passports. I don't know about the monetary exchange rate, but we can find out about all that. For my part, I would have just gone to Glacier National Park and stayed in the good old U.S.A., but Cliff is really keen on seeing Canada.
If we were staying in this country, I could get free maps of the region we visit. I cannot find any website that offers me a free road map of Alberta, Canada.
I am looking forward to taking the trip with Cliff's brother and his wife. At our ages, it will be good to have that kind of bonding experience. We used to spend lots of time together when Cliff and I were newlyweds. In fact, his brother's wife was one of the witnesses whose name is on our marriage licence.
Help me out here, you folks with Canadian travel experience!