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August rv trip

NorthernRedneck

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This morning I took the boys out on a utv ride for 3 hours. We had fun.
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NorthernRedneck

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Someone else didn't have such a great time. This one was out at the same time as us. They slipped off the trail on a switchback and went 30 feet down a bank where they slammed into a big boulder.
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Today's our last day here. We went and did tourist stuff. First we checked out and illusion place. The building is actually sloped at about a 35 degree angle to give the illusion that everything is on an angle. After that, we checked out rush mountain. It's a cave system/ theme park. Expensive but impressive. Tomorrow we head out for fort pierre south Dakota.
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Well. During the big outage, we drove, and drove, then drove some more. We're now in Duluth Minnesota only 4 hours from home. Here for a 2 day outdoor concert at the waterfront. We did stop at wall drug. What can I say about wal drug? Humm. Meh comes to mind. Oh well. Kids were happy.

We stayed in pierre sd that night. Then moved on to a little place on the Minnesota border. Today we moved to Duluth.
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Last night we attended the city on the hill music festival. Zach Williams and skillet were headlining along with a couple of local bands. It was great. Evan, our oldest, likes skillet. Someone from the road crew came up to him and gave him a free pass to meet the band before they went on. He was excited. What an experience. His first big concert. I estimate that there were about 3000 people there. Only 30 bracelets were given to meet them.
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We made it home today after being on the road since July 17th. It's about 4 hours from Duluth to here. What better sign that we're back in Canada than a flock of Canadian geese waiting for us at the border.

We made it home relatively in one piece. I hit a bad pothole outside of Duluth that nearly tore the rear bumper off the camper. I had the scooter lift attached to it. Camper bumpers are very thin and brittle apparently. I had to use about 4 heavy duty ratchet straps to hold it from completely tearing off. The welds holding it on were broken 3/4s of the way around when I inspected it. Oh well. We made it.
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Melensdad

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Too bad our trip dates didn't align better but other than the major pothole it sounds like you all survived reasonably well. Glad you made it back home.
 

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Looks like a great trip Brian. :tiphat:
We visited Mt Rushmore last year and after driving by all the Wall drug advertisements for 50+ miles we had to stop. Wife liked it, I had the same reaction as you. meh. It appeared everyone and their brother stopped there.
 

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I agree with you. I was actually wanting to do the badlands route going by there but since we had the camper attached we opted to bypass it. The badlands, from memory anyways, is nothing like the needles highway or the old mountain highway near Rushmore. I had never even heard about them so I had zero expectations. I always thought I was ok with heights until I got there. I was almost in tears and hyperventilating.

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Wall Drug seems to be more of a kids/ woman attraction for sure, although my Grandpa loved it when we were kids.
Glad you had a great time and got home safely with your family, and memories.
 

NorthernRedneck

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If nothing else, wall drug was a good place to stop and stretch the legs after we left Rushmore.

I found this video of the iron mountain highway we drove. Very nice scenery but hard on the nerves and stomach.

https://youtu.be/i13_Ytx5Fv0

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We just began plans for another rv trip in August 2020.

There's a family reunion we're going to attend in Manitoba where we'll be bringing the camper to stay in. Since we're already in Manitoba, instead of heading south again, we want to keep heading west towards the Rockies and in particular banff as well as the Alberta badlands.
 

EastTexFrank

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We just began plans for another rv trip in August 2020.

There's a family reunion we're going to attend in Manitoba where we'll be bringing the camper to stay in. Since we're already in Manitoba, instead of heading south again, we want to keep heading west towards the Rockies and in particular banff as well as the Alberta badlands.

I'll be interested to see how that trip works out. We've planned a car trip to that region twice but it fell through both times. Third time lucky? Who knows, we might make it before you guys.
 

NorthernRedneck

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I've never been further west than Saskatchewan. So we figured since we have the family reunion we may as well keep heading west until we reach the rockies.

We had talked about the east coast this summer but just found out about the reunion so that got put on hold.
 

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Wow. Banff is past Calgary and in what looks like the middle of the Rockies. I bet there are some fantastic sites up there. I'd never heard of Banff till today. I even thought it was a misspelling but google maps helped ensure me you were right on.

I've often thought of trecking to the Canadian Rockies but it would cut into my boating season ...so no plans to visit there at this point. Looking forward to pics from that area.

Quick facts
Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.
 

EastTexFrank

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Quick facts
Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears.

And … it's named after a town in the north-east of Scotland. Just thought that you'd like to know! :smile:
 

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Another thing we want to see is the Alberta badlands near drumheller Alberta which isn't too far north of banff.
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NorthernRedneck

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So because of covid and travel restrictions, we had to cancel the family reunion and trip to alberta for this year. The reunion is tentatively scheduled for next year but no details available yet. So we aren't waiting to plan anything.

What we have been talking about and starting to plan is an rv trip to the east coast either traveling through the states if the border is open and things are safe enough to travel or going through Canada both ways. This will be the summer of 2021.

We'd like to do the states one way and Canada the opposite way. But we'll see. Either way, the destination will be nova Scotia and prince Edward Island. I haven't been there in 30 years and my wife has never been.

Obviously lots to see and do along the way on either side of the border.
 

EastTexFrank

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That sounds like a plan. I hope you make it.

My wife wants to take the RV down to Fredericksburg, Texas in about a month. I want to go and then again I don't. It's a one day drive, about 350 miles but what do you do when you get there? There will be social distancing in the campground and wearing a mask every time you go in to town, wearing a mask in restaurants, breweries and wineries except when you eat, etc., etc. I don't think that it will be much fun. I'm trying to wiggle my way out of it but we'll see.
 
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