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Monday, September 26, 2016

Disappointed-On To The Badlands

September 17-20, 2016

On Saturday morning we headed back to Cochrane AB but first we stopped in Canmore AB to have lunch with friends from our place at Gulf Waters in TX. Our friends Pat and John live in Canmore, other friends Vicky and Steve also from Gulf Waters, were in town for a visit. We enjoyed lunch at one of Pat and Johns favorite eateries in town. Unfortunately we forgot our camera :( oh well we'll get some this winter in TX.

After our delicious lunch and tour of Pat and Johns beautiful home we headed on to Cochrane.We had stayed at Bow Rivers Edge on our way north and totally forgot to take a picture of the site we were in for this visit.

The main reason for stopping in Cochrane was to get new sneakers for the truck. We headed over to Canadian Tire, got a quote for some tires that were in stock and could be mounted the next day. First though we wanted to compare prices with Costco so we headed there next. Costco's prices were about the same but they couldn't get them for a week so back to Canadian Tire we went. An appointment was set up for Sunday afternoon for the tires and an alignment.

Sunday afternoon we headed over to Canadian Tire for our appointment, we dropped the truck off and started walking to some of the local shops where we had things we needed to take care of. Thirty minutes later we get a call saying we have none of those tires in stock and we can't do the alignment with the canoe on top of the truck. What the heck, we had checked with them the day before, supposedly there were 12 tires in stock and we had asked if we could leave the canoe on top of the truck and was told it was fine. They said they'd try and get some brought over from another store. Well after we got our business done we headed back to Canadian Tire, nope no tires and they didn't know when they might get them. They blamed the mess up on the new sales associate we had helping us. After venting our frustration we got the keys back for the truck and headed home. Needless to say this has left us with a distaste for Canadian Tire.

Monday morning we got on the road fairly early for our drive to Dinosaur Provincial Park. When Dave had seen photos of this park we decided this would be our next stop. A beautiful 3 hour drive on the Trans Canadian Highway though the Alberta countryside took us to this unique area.

The similarities to the South Dakota Badlands is what drew us but it is known for it's dinosaur discoveries. We had our choice of quite a few sites, after figuring out which would work best for us we chose site 32. We had no cell service but the park has okay wifi, our Dish satellite worked just fine, what more could we need for a few nights.

A beautiful fall day and our first real campfire in many months, life is good.

If I didn't know better I would have thought we were in the South Dakota Badlands. 

They have a visitors center here which has lots of info on the local finding but they charge $6/person to visit it. Since we are not into dinosaurs that much we didn't pay the fee to enter. There are two stops on their scenic loop that discuss what was found nearby.
What a great place to decompress at for a few days.

Until next time...


  1. Bummer on the tires! Wonder why the kayak couldn't stay on top. No one mentioned anything to us about that when tours were put on it anytime we've had them rotated. That sure looks like a beautiful campsite!

  2. Sorry to hear about the tire issue. Beautiful campsite.

  3. That's frustrating! For a second I thought we may have been near each other but we were near the SD Badlands.

  4. No wonder you were back in the US so soon. Bummer :( so I guess having a huge store advertising tires is not exactly what it purports to be. Steve was saying the people there must have heard a mouthful from Dave or you.


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