Our Trip of 2003
Yellowknife to Las Vegas
After returning to Yellowknife from Treeline we headed south with the first significant stop
at Jasper National Park and the town of Jasper on 4 September. All of southern
AB and BC were smoky from the wildfires that had been burning for weeks. Smoke
from wildfires were a problem with distant viewing in all of the western US and
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We always see bighorn sheep and elk in or near the town of Jasper, AB.
|From Jasper we drove the Yellowhead Highway into British Columbia, stopping at
Rearguard Falls. Salmon migrate up 800 miles of river to reach the
spawning area above these falls.
||On farther south, we saw a one-hour River Safari advertised.
A water-jet boat carried us and six others up a shallow river. No animals,
but pretty scenery including a waterfall.
|Next stop was in Kelowna, BC, at the Kelowna Land and
Orchard Co. We had a great tour and learned a lot about apple growing.
||Next was the Rocky Beach Dam in Washington. The dam tour was
interesting, but was not our first tour of a power generating dam. What made
the place special was the colorful flowers, including an American flag
with all 50 stars and the stripes made of live, blooming plants.
|In Cashmere, WA, we toured the Liberty Orchard Co. candy
factory. Free, with samples, too.
||Next was a driving tour with lots of pictures in Toppenish,
WA, the city of murals. We have seen a lot of murals in our driving tours,
but none can compare with those in Toppenish.
||Next was a cheese factory tour in Sunnyside, WA, followed by
a woolen mill tour in Pendleton, OR. They make indian blankets at the
||We drove the Hells Canyon Scenic Drive in OR where we saw a
lot of beautiful scenery and our first white-headed woodpecker. We then
crossed into Idaho and visited the World Center for Birds of Prey at
Boise. While interesting, I was disappointed in the small number of birds
they had to show.
|Next was a train tour of Boise. Interesting.
We next drove the Thousand Springs Scenic Route. There is water running
out of the green hillsides for a few miles. Beautiful.
Next stop was
Shoshone Falls at Twin Falls, ID. They are having a drought and there was
only a trickle of water was being released. A post card showed the whole
rock area pictured here covered with water.
Next was Balanced
Rock west of Castleford, ID. We drove a long way to see it, and ended up
on some gravel roads before we returned to civilization. Should have
passed on this.
|Next stop was at Mono Lake in CA. to see the tufa towers.
They are strange formations that became visible when the water flowing
into the lake was diverted to supply Los Angeles, and the level dropped
about 60 ft. Stranger still are the small flies that make the shoreline
We spent the night at
Mammoth Lakes, CA. We could see seven ski lifts from one location, and
there were more a short distance away. No skiing in September.
Next stop was one of
my favorite places, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest. Some trees are
over 4000 years old. They may look dead, but they still have life on one
Next was a drive up
the Whitney Portal, a road that goes up the tallest mountain in the 48
states. It goes about 9900 ft up the 14,496 ft mountain. Smoky still.
|From the tallest mountain, we drove to the lowest
point in the US,
Death Valley NP, all on the same day. Artist Palette has
beautiful colored rocks.
||After Death Valley, we headed to Las Vegas. The night-time
volcano eruption at the Mirage is a good, free show, as is the Bellagio
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