70/7000 Flying Insects, Thin Tent Walls, A Flood, and A Bag of Jewels

Day 61  August 25, 2001 I stayed in a campsite in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Two unsettling things happened there.  First, the whole campground was filled with all types of flying insects.  I asked  if this was the norm and the people in charge just shrugged their shoulders.  Forest fires were popping up all over …

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70/7000 Slept in a Parking Lot in Jasper, Alberta

Day 50 August 14, 2001 I'm a worrier. It's bad because it's stressful but also good because I tend to have all my ducks in a row. Before the trip I had anxiety about the ultimate travel nightmare, not finding a place to stay. I saw it as the worst thing that could happen to me and …

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70/7000 Beautiful Lake Louise, The Canadian Rockies

  Day 47  August 11, 2001 A take my breath away moment, seeing Lake Louise for the first time. As I stood at the edge of the lake, very engaged in gawking with my mouth open, a ranger with a survey on a clipboard saw my  potential  as an extremely positive statistic. "Would you considered …

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