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End of the journey

I’ve finally finished subtitles for short movie from the trip and published it. You can see it below.

Also to fill the gap from my last port I’m going to write a bit what happened once I stopped traveling. I had a flight home on December 13th so I still had over a month in Canada and I filled it up with meetings with friends and visiting places in Nova Scotia which I liked a lot. Also I sold my stuff which I didn’t plan to bring back to Europe and my roomies didn’t need. One of them was my car and that I sold for only $ 1,500 as that was the best offer I got. It served me well and took me everywhere where I wanted. I hope it will do a good service to new owner as well.

 

To sum up the whole trip I have to say I liked the most Yukon and Alaska because of the wonderful wilderness and nature there. The biggest disappointment is for me Yellowstone, probably I expected too much and we had bad weather once we were there as well. I’m saying that seeing it once was enough for me :-). The car was amazing that it stayed together without big issues whole time.

Now I’m back in Europe so my next posts are probably going to be from the good old continent.

Begining of america journey

So my journey is still going well and I’m doing great and once I saw a bit of Canadian Rockies and picked up a friend at Banff who will now be now travelling with me for next two months. So together we headed towards Vancouver through Whistler. At this time I had one fried there where we could spent two nights and see a bit of the city and I also visited my pub where I used to work once I arrived to Canada and meet with several people who still worked there. It felt good to be back after almost two years and I had a Lamb sandwich which was one of my favourites and it was delicious as I remembered. Since Rockies we carried with us some raining but despite that we saw at Vancouver Island as much as we could. At one Salmon hatchery we saw two black bears fishing pink salmons and we also visited Pacific Rim National Park and we get up early to catch sunrise at Long Beach and had our breakfast there as well.

Long Beach, BC

Then we reached Victoria where we wanted to go by ferry to Port Angeles at Unites States to save us troubles at border near Vancouver. I got nervous as they did not wanted to give me a new visa but after all we both got fresh three months even without paying anything. Once we reached Olympic Peninsula where we visited Hoh Rain Forest with some rain and then headed to Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument. We were lucky for a good weather there and hiked to Henry’s Ridge first and then also to Coldwater Peak. From this peak we saw four volcanoes, one of them was our next destination Mount Rainier. On our way to the peak we met two old ladies who recommended us several hikes there. First we went to Paradise and went up to Skyline Trail and then drove to Sunrise but as it was getting late we just looked around and left park to spent night outside.

Mt Ranier

Next day we reached Seattle and visited Museum of Flight where are great exposition about flying and space conquer and we both enjoyed it. They have here also one of left Concords, Air Force One and Boeing Dreamliner. After a night at Walmart we went to see city centre and Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market and Space Needle. The city itself it’s nice however, after my time at north I found it too crowded and were happy to leave it behind us again.

Seattle, WA

Now we passed the Yellowstone b ut about this I will write next time now this is just short post about trip.

My pictures are to be found below.

12 – Begining of the trip

The journey continues

I have a bit of time now so I will now finish the story about my journey to Whitehorse. I arrived here two days ago but I kept myself busy with discovering surroundings of the city and adapting and enjoying local incredibly long days. From Edmonton I headed to Grande Prairie and sine I was going through prairie for several days now I didn’t took any pictures because all patterns repeated through this day.

Just next day I reached British Columbia and after almost two years also Rockies. It was great and welcomed change and I spent night in camp in the middle of Tetsa River Regional Park. By this I was really close to Stone Mountain and Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park. I reached those early in the morning and hiked to Summit Peak where I could see everything just in front of me.

I believe this day was the best from whole way to Whitehorse. I reached the mountains, had a great weather and also saw herds of Wood Bison, bears, wolverine and porcupine. They seems to be living here everywhere. At the end of the day I took a bath at Liard River Hot Spring. This night I spent close to the Alaska Highway after Watson Lake.

At my last day it was a bit about 400 kilometers to my destination in Yukon – Whitehorse. On way there there was about hundred of them some smoke from wildfire while nobody I spoke to knew anything about it or we could not see the source.

And now I am already two days at Whitehorse where I walked through the city and also a bit around and waiting for rest of the people so we can start our expedition to real wilderness.

Some pictures from last few days are here again.

08 – Rockies & Yukon 6.2015

On the road…

After a long time I have finally something to write about. My work permit for Canada is going to expire in middle of August but because I haven’t seen much of the country yet I decided to quit my job sooner and start a journey across America. At first I will cross almost whole country up to Yukon where a few more friends will join me and we will head o wilderness.

My last day at work was on Friday, June 12th and on Saturday I already started my journey. This article I am actually writing almost at the end of this trip as I am camping at Tetsa River Reginal Park in British Columbia about 900 kilometres from my destination to Whithorse. There we will meet and go for canoeing at Snake River.

My trip is going so far without any troubles and I drive every day about 500 kilometres with only exception when on first day I did over 1,300 from Halifax up to Montreal. I did this since I was up there already twice so there was no need to stop often to see places around the road.

After that long drive I tried to find some quiet place where I could sleep in Laval and once I thought I found it, local police came and told me I can’t stay there. However, they were so nice that after checking my ID and then something in their computer they show me to Walmart parking lot where I could stay without problem. I do appreciate this help since I was tired and I’m not familiar with this area.

Just on following day I arrived to Ottawa, where I checked the city centre and river walk. I was pleasantly surprised how well they planned bicycle trails in the city and how many people use them on Sunday. Overall I had a good feeling from this city and that did not happened many times yet.

Ottawa

Ottawa

I left Ottawa after lunch and took direction to Algonquin Park. On my way there I looked up on the Internet camping prices there and since it was over $40 per place and night I rather slowed down and slept outside of the park ner to Carson Lake.

Then on Monday morning I arrived to the park where I paid $17 for one day car permit and asked what I should not miss from the place. Equipped with information and permit I went on my discovery route. This early in season and on a week day there was almost no one else here and I could enjoy all the places. The only problem were hungry and desperate mosquitoes. There was a lot of them almost everywhere and I couldn’t stop anywhere for long otherwise they would eat me alive. They were so desperate that they even tried drink my blood from palms of my hands which I never encounter before. Even application of repellent didn’t helped that much as they found other places and I haven’t been bitten so many times in such a short time ever before. Although I had a first chance to swim in a lake here and I didn’t miss it :-).

From there I continued to North Bay where I found again Walmart and went to check the city a bit. I liked the lake front walk and beach they have along the coast of Lake Nipissing (it means “small water” in local first nation language). On Tuesday I passes through Sudbury which remained my my home town Ostrava due to mines and chimneys and the atmosphere of industrial city. This place produce a lot of nickel and copper. While based on what I read about it had to be way worse several years back as the industry produced an acidic rains and those destroyed most of the vegetation around and the surrounding of the city were know to be a huge wasteland.

Then from here around Lake Huron I reached Sault Ste. Marie and from there then north around Lake Superior. I have to say that part of the road was the best I have seen up to then. This is because of great sights of Lake Superior itself and the hilly landscape around it. I swam in the lake at Batchwana Bay and spent a night at lookout which is not being maintained any more near by.

Lake Huron

Lake Huron

Next day I kept circling the lake up to Thunder Bay. Nearby the city is Terry Fox memorial as that is the place where he had to give up his cross-country run because the cancer he was fighting with returned and reached his lungs as well. He never finished his run, but he raised public awareness and also money for research and care. Somewhere after the city I crossed another time zone so I reached up to Ignace.

On the following day I crossed border to Manitoba and one I drive through Winnipeg, where I did not found any reason to stop, I decided to turn north and drive through Riding Mountain National Mark and night I spent close to Rainbow Beach Provincial Park.

After this turn from shortest path I took a west direction again and through Saskatoon, already in Saskatchewan I drove up to Battleford where I spent a night before reaching Edmonton.

About Edmonton I can say that parks they have are great but I did not found the city as likable as the parks. It’s true I have seen just a small part of it but I’m still happy I decided first to go to Vancouver and then I got to Halifax.

Rink in mall

Rink in mall

During my way through different provinces I realized that in Quebec and Ontario drivers don’t speed limits too seriously even though there are many police cars to be seen. While in Manitoba and Saskatchewan they mostly stay at limits and I haven’t seen almost any police cars there. Then in Alberta it is somewhere in between those two.

That is it for today, I am going further. More to follow later.

The pictures are here below.

07 – On the road 6.2015

Family Visit

Finally, I can catch up again with my writing here and to wrote something about more recent trips. To fill you in the gap from the last post, I spent this summer unfortunately at work and then studying for an exam. It’s a pity since this sumer was amazing, but at least I was cycling most of the time everywhere and also I moved to nice house close to a lake. My work permit was also extended, so I can stay another year. To get the paper permit to my passport was a bit longer story as well but let start this post.

During my visit home I managed to make arrangements for my parents and cousin to visit here to Canada and we set the date for end of the September. I took two weeks off, so I could spend all the time with them and show them a piece of America. Since we don’t need visa any more for visiting I just wrote a letter of invitation for them to show it on the border because none of them can speak neither of official languages in Canada, but they managed to go through and I picked them up on the airport. As I said I rented a house near lake so I took them home and they stayed with me there. After a short break we just went for sort walk so they could stretch their legs after this long flight here.

Lake Banook

Due to the fact, that my parents never traveled so much in a car we did a few short trips around to see if they would like to try something more and to see more. So I took them to a lovely Lunenburg and Crystal Crescent Beach where we took a bath for first time in North Atlantic ocean. And during those days I introduced my plan to drive up to Niagara Falls and then return through United States.

We set off early morning for Quebec, we planned to spent a first night there and this was the longest distance, we needed to do on this trip. And since we get there during a sunset we took a walk around the old city where everything was nicely illuminated by lights and disappearing sun. Here we found a room in motel near the old city for really good price, then in the morning we went to the city and walked around more during a daylight and after lunch we hit to road to Montreal.

Vieux-Quebec

There we arrived a bit late and I could not find any normal parking on the streets and so I found some parking lot which proved to be one of the most expensive around :). Montreal at night was amazing as I remembered from my first winter visit, just this time the temperature was way better. Here we found a room in guest house which looked to be more for students and families from China, many notes were only their language and it’s hard to say what they had written on them. Also my mattress was closer to solid wood board rather then mattress so the quality was a bit lower, any way for a night it was okay for the price. In the morning we went to Mont Royal and from there we had a great view of whole city and enjoyed a great there. From here then we set off to Toronto where we arrived at night.

Montréal

This night we spent in Days Inn at Markham and this was a different sort of accommodation  so we went this time also for swim to motel pool. We did not saw the city at night as it was far from our motel. So we went to the Toronto downtown next day morning and this time the way there was also longer then usual thanks to traffic. We arrived there just on Saturday when there was a game of local baseball team Blue Jays and then some Fan con and also some another event and so everywhere was lot of people and cars. This also prolonged our out of city. What I can say for sure Toronto is not a city for me, it’s just too big and transportation is also a problem. For us it meant that to get from there to Niagara Falls, which is about 130 kilometers took a lot of time due to traffic jams for most of the way we hardly reached sixty. This just happened due to longer weekend when many people from Toronto were heading to the same directions. Also we managed to get there at the end.

Since we arrived this time still with some daylight left, we went first for some walk around the city of Niagara Falls as well as the falls themselves. The part around those falls is like a big theme park with many casinos and attractions, something like Las Vegas of the North. The waterfalls are huge, still they were not so amazing for me during a day probably also due to the surroundings and I can tell you they would not be high on my personal list of places to see in Canada. Also accommodation there was the most expensive we had on whole trip while it was not equal to quality of it but as I said before it was a long weekend and it was not easy to get anything better. Later we went to see waterfalls at night when they illuminated them with light and there was a great firework and water show at the same night. For me the night experience was a way better then previous one. Then in the morning we went around river Niagara to Fort Erie were we wanted to cross the border to United States.

And after an hour of waiting on the border we get to Buffalo, there we just walked a bit around and also had a lunch in nice restaurant and then we headed towards east coast but we decided to spent a night at Oriskany, which are close to Adrionack Park, so we won’t spent all the time in cities. Also we saw in nearby  Walmart, that here is everything cheaper in compare to the north neighbor. Probably no need to mention that also gas is cheaper when a lot of oil comes from Alberta and other places in Canada.

Then in morning we went to the park where we could see that the nature of the state of New York is also great and amazing in Adrionack Park which is the biggest protected area in United States and also saw several fights with British and Canadian forces. The past times here close to the border were not always so peaceful as you would think from present look. Also this was a place where we needed to decide if we want to go to New York City or we will skip it this time and after our experience from Toronto we decided to take a highway straight to Boston and it’s also more on our direct return road. So this night we spent close to the Boston.

We went to downtown in the morning and I managed to find again expensive parking, I will need to learn to drive a bit around to see what place can offer and not rely on feeling that all the prices around would be the same or more expensive. We walked the Freedom Trail which takes you around the city through the places where American freedom fight took places and you can learn a lot about it due to many informational panels and you could see the city itself and his historical interesting parts. For me I had to say that I liked Boston more then Toronto, probably because of the history.

And from Boston we were heading north towards border with Canada and this night we spent at Bangor and next day we arrived to Saint Stephen. Here after getting through the control and when I pulled over to get my work permit from Immigration and Border control office my car refused to start and continue in our trip. Later when I get it towed to garage where they found that starter burned off and they will need to replace it and also told me the soonest they can have it is tomorrow so we had one extra unplanned stop. But I can say we were so lucky it happened here in the city where we found such a great people to willing to help us not somewhere in middle of nowhere in united states where it would be way harder to get some help. And next day when this was fixed by new starter which arrived in morning by express courier service we set off to continue on our trip. Our next stop was at Saint John where we walked around a bit and had a lunch where we decided to continue straight to Halifax.

The weather was amazing all the time and also on our return it was still great so we walked around Halifax a bit and in the afternoon we went to Rainbow Haven Beach. Unfortunately the following day was weather a bit worse and we did not tried it to reach to Cape Split where I wanted to take them for a last day so we just went to Lower Sackvile and then were for some shopping.

After all, we made over 4,000 kilometers, four Canadian provinces and also four American states. My car also crossed the 200,000 kilometers so we have rounded all nicely.

7 – Family Visit 9.14