DAY 45-55 Back to Seattle, USA (in a nutshell)

Good-Bye Canada


Good-Bye Canada

Back to Banff……


Possible new Camper…. Just kidding Oso!

The throngs of people in Banff helped with my decision to head back to Seattle.  Of course heading to Seattle means the next phase of the trip will be starting… the southern half and I’m itchy to get this show on the road.
It took us about 5 days to make it back to Seattle from Banff.  It’s really just a straight 9 hour trip but my plan was to travel south through Glacier National Park in Montana, visit Sherry and her family of pooches across Idaho and then back to Seattle.

Just out of Banff National Park we stayed the night down a long rough dirt road where the girls had an opportunity to run with the truck, had a quick worrisome but safe encounter with a black bear and spent our last night under the Canadian sky.


CLICK picture above to see running poodles… Whoa Hoo



CLICK me to see a short movie clip to get an idea of how the camper reacts to bumpy roads….

Oso and Poos

The next day………Plans for a trip through Glacier were thwarted when Oso had another flat tire.  After traveling out of my way to find a town with a garage large enough to do the work I was told that they didn’t have the correct tire.  I had to decide whether to wait 4 days for them to order one or drive another 100 miles into Montana.  Since the flat was one of the inner duallies, I chose the second option and hoped that we’d make it.  It was another long white knuckled day of driving before we arrived in Kalispell, Montana.

Since all the tires on the truck (6 of them… Ouch) needed to be replaced before heading to the lower America’s I opted to have them all replaced (since we were in tax-free Montana).  On top of that I decided it was a good idea to have two identical spares.  It was explained to me that on a dually, it’s not a good idea to have a bald tire next to a heavy new tread.  Of course one small adjustment lead to 3 days for ordering tires and adding a front mount set-up for the 8th tire.  Nothing is simple.  I took the extra days to rest up, shop for needed travel items and catch up on the blog.

Back to Civilization

Dairy Queen!!



So, on Day 55 of our trip returned to Seattle:

a happy truck, a rested Me and 3 bored poodles. An anti-climatic end to nearly 2 months in Canada but a tranquil omen for the impending trip south.

Wendy and Joe Wahman’s…

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Honeys We’re Home!!!

Day 35 Dancing in the Moonlight

Our day began by passing through more herds of bison.  Eureka decided this is the favorite part of the entire trip.  She’s even displaced TinTin by riding shotgun and scanning the horizon for beasties.

Leaving the burn area behind us, it was a relief to see the green of the pines again.  The road here follows the Liard River which is a tributary to the Mackenzie River.

We arrived in Port Providence, a quiet Dehcho First Nation village.  There was evidence of buffalo even along the sidewalks running up to the library.  The campground here is fenced by heavy wire and wood construction.


Two things to note about this video.  1.  The Flies, Wow were they bad!  The bison were tormented by them!  and 2.  The barking Poodles,  Wow were they bad!  The bison I was tormented by them!


From the car these bison may look nonthreatening and small,  but check this out!

Do you think this might be hint to their  their size……?


Yeah…. more poo….

I decided not to continue on to Yellowknife.  I started to feel the draw of Central and South America calling.  I decided to continue along the Deh Cho Highway Eastward and then south into Alberta, through Glacier National Park in Montana and back to Seattle.  The thought of more hundreds of acres of burned forest between Fort Providence and Yellowknife and driving through more groups of bison (with the dogs over the top excitement) was enough to convince me to head south.

After a quiet night in Fort Providence’s provincial campground we headed back down the Makenzie Highway and east.  We pulled onto a narrow dirt road for camping.  It ended at a small rocky field where we settled down for the night.

I had been told that The Northern Lights could be seen this time of the year so I’d been getting up around 2 and 3am to look at the sky.  Unfortunately, the nights had been over cast and obliterating any chance of seeing them.  This night was crystal clear and the stars were thick but everything was obscured by the Full Moon.  Walking out onto the slabs of rocks and large patches of gravel I noticed that the Poodles and I cast strong shadow.  What better than to be…..

Dancing in the Moonlight


and making Shadow art

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Of course you’ve already seen the Poodle Petroglyphs, Sand Art and Block Prints.  It was this evening that started the whole show.

Shadow Pupp(y)ets Art Show

You be the Critic……

Poodle Petroglyphs

(Deh Cho Route, Northwest Territories, Canada)


Kiss Me by TinTin


Grizzley by TinTIn


Giraffe by Eureka


Ballerina by Eureka


Humpless Camels by the Gang


Buffalo by Nickel


Howl by Nickel


Skinny Legs and All by Nickel



(Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada)


Rocky Raccoon by TinTin


On the Savana by Eureka



Mini Me by Nickel


Baby Giraffe by Eureka and Binky


Plumb tuckered by TinTin


Little Fox by TinTin












Lion by Eureka



(The Dempster Highway, The Yukon, Canada)


Tippy Toes by Nickel













Naughty dog by Nickel


Queuing Up by the Gang












My Little Pony by Eureka



Alter Ego by Eureka




Who is your Favorite Artist?   TinTin?  Nickel?   Eurkea?

Which of their pieces do you like the best?