The end of our first chapter
We finally arrived in Montana today after three weeks driving through Canada ! The end of the first part of our adventure was symbollicaly passed while crossing the American boarder near Glacier National Park… We have discovered so many things it is hard to believe only three weeks have passed ! But let’s go back to where we left you, in Vancouver.
We had called for some help on social networks in order to meet local people there and many answered ! Thanks to our friends Cordelia, Claire and Audrey, we have met wonderful people and discovered many aspects of Vancouver !
First, we took a glance at the student life of Simon Fraser University thanks to Sandy, Amélie, Clemence and Deborah, then we enjoyed the sunset on Vancouver harbour with Veronika and last, Max & Sam made us discover Vancouver by night ! Nice bars, beautiful views of Vancouver from the park of the city and also… a quick detour on Hastings St, « No go zone » of the canadian city, full of junkies !
Well we have to be honnest, everything did not go as planned. We will also remember Vancouver because of an incident that happenened in one of its many parking lots. Someone broke into our car and tried to get to Gregoire’s backpack while we where staying in our hostel. But as the burglar did not seem quite interested into Greg’s dirty laundry, we managed to find almost everything that was missing in the stairs of the parking lot. Few things were finally lost so no real harm in this adventure. We got the rear window repaired and went back to the wild after this little come back to urban life.
A dog story.
On the road from Vancouver to Jasper, a great thing happened. I learnt thanks to social networks that a friend of mine, JB, was working within a sled dog quesnel in Kamloops, a city we were planning to stop into for the night. JB talked about us to Megan, the owner of the quesnel and she really generously accepted to host us for a night… Thanks to her kindness, we could also witness what a sled dog quesnel looks like at six in the morning ! Her hundred dogs wake up and they are only waiting for one thing : Running ! You need a lot of energy in order to take care of all those enthusiastic alaskan huskies. It was an incredible experience to hear them bark for sport.
Jasper & Banff, camping & hike.
We leave the quesnel at noon for Jasper & Banff National Parks in Alberta. We stay there 4 days in order to take the time to see the great landscapes of the parks. Fall is there, and snow starts to cover the hills. We decided to work out a bit while doing some hikes in the park, and Greg’s shoes get the occasion to climb their third great mountain range ! (Alpes, Himalaya and Rockies).
A grizzly bear greets us when leaving the park and so we leave a piece of our mind there while driving to the USA. As usual, the Border Patrol’s welcome is unpleasant. « Your situation doesn’t look good guys » the officer says, he apparently blames us for buying a car in Alaska instead of renting one. After 45 minutes of talking, we manage to put our feet in the USA, relieved.