Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Headed south

Hello there!
Today I thought it was about time I brought you another instalment from our North American travels last Fall. If you missed them (or would like a reminder) you can see previous posts from our trip herehereherehere, & here.
Our week in Canada flew by & soon it was time to head south once again. We split our drive down to Montana over two days, firstly covering the 290 miles from Edmonton to Fort Macleod, and then the 465 miles from Fort Macleod to Helena. Some of our family came along for part of the drive with us & we were having so much fun together the first day we forgot to take any photos! The second day we did much better with the camera stopping at a few notable places along the route including Leitch Collieries...


This was a fascinating look at part of Canada's industrial past, an ambitious mining project utilising technologies that were cutting edge for the time it was doomed to fail within eight years (the final nail in the coffin being World War I). The whole story about the project and the people who lived, worked, & died there was laid out on information boards around the site so that the only thing we felt we were missing out on by it not being officially "open" were the restrooms!
A little further into the Crowsnest Pass the next stop was Frank Slide. This was a place I really wanted to share with Hubbie as it had left a big impression on me as a small child. You can read the whole terrifying story here but basically this is where the deadliest landslide in Canadian history occurred just after 4am on April 29 1903. Three quarters of the town of Frank disappeared beneath a huge slab of Turtle Mountain and (apart from a pretty new looking Interpretive Center) the site remains eerily unchanged...


Once through the Crowsnest Pass we crossed into the province of British Columbia...
...and continued down Highway 3 past the town of Sparwood, home to the world's largest truck - Titan. Built for the mining industry in the 1960's it can haul 350 tons (& for those of us for whom that is just a number it means you can fit several buses in the back with space!) With many miles still to cover we didn't stop for a proper visit, just snapped this pic & went "wow that's big!" as we passed...
We left the last of our Canadian family in the small town of Fernie and a little further down Highway 3 came to this turning...
From here it was about 25 miles to the border & the landscape opened out as we bid farewell to Canada and headed into the beautiful scenery of north western Montana...


Driving predominantly southwards through Whitefish & Kalispell we reached the western shores of Flathead Lake. This is the largest fresh water lake west of the Mississippi & one of the cleanest in the populated world for it's size and type. The scenery here is on such a scale that it is hard to do it justice with a little camera. This a stunningly beautiful area which I hope we will be able to explore properly one day but at least we got a glimpse this time around...

The daylight was fading as we neared the town of Polson at the southern end of the lake, this was about the last photo we got for the day with the imposing Mission Mountains in the background...
We stopped to refuel the car & us, there was still another 185 miles to go before we would reach our beds for the night (added to slightly when I misread the sat nav as we joined the I90 and we ended up driving west instead of east till the next available exit!). It had been a long day by the time we reached Helena but definitely worth it, I hope you enjoyed seeing the highlights :-)
Thank you for visiting with me today, I hope to be back later in the week with another crafty post. Have a great week! 





4 comments:

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    1. Thank you Rhona :-) Hope all is good with you and yours, have a lovely weekend!
      Helen

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    1. Awww, thanks Steph! It's taking me quite a while to narrow down a few from all the ones we took! ;-) xox

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