Day Five
Day Five

Dawson Creek, B.C. to Radium Hot Springs, B.C
June 17th, 2004

High Point of the Day....
Low Point of the Day......
Brian - Finally getting to Radium Hot Springs
Theresa - The Jasper to Banff critters
Brian - Taking a little detour that added two hours to a long day of driving
Theresa - Trying to get the road trip math into Excel, gave her a left brain headache
Miles Traveled Today
Total Miles Traveled
Miles Theresa Drove
0 (440 Total)
Sunny and in the 70s
Price of Gas 
(average per gallon)
Night's Lodging
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Bears, stone sheep, caribou, elk, long horn sheep, and a couple of dozen deer at dusk
Red Streak Campground
Billings, MT

Daily Didactic
We rose promptly at almost nine o'clock and aimed the bus down the Bighorn Highway toward Grand Cache. It was one of those "Really? I didn't think it was that far." days. Having only driven this stretch once before, Brian is pretty comfortable it was shorter last time. The Bighorn Highway runs south from Grand Prairie, to Grand Cache and then on to Hinton. While it is gorgeous and scenic and all of that, it is also almost devoid of signage. No "this many miles" to anything signs. For a nearly three hundred mile road it seems a little odd, that's all we are saying.

From Hinton south is the entrance to Jasper and Banff National Parks and one of our more anticipated stretches of road on this little drive. The geography is amazing techtonic plate crashing together stuff and the wildlife seldom disappoints. We saw a number of bear on the Bighorn Highway and three or four in the parks. We had an incredibly close up Elk sighting and a few more caribou and sheep sitings.

Sadly, as we were about an hour from Radium Hot Springs, Brian talked Theresa into a little road game of "let's input the the mileage into Excel for easier crunching". For those of you who don't know her that well, two of Theresa's favorite things are math and annoying software. An hour later the numbers were in Excel, we couldn't do what we needed because apparently division is installed with some value pack, and we were an hour down the wrong way to Radium. Brian, determined to wake near the crystal blue waters of the Radium Aquacourt, turned around and proceeded the two hours back to Radium, the last half hour of which was spent spotting and being wary of an enormous poulation of roadside deer in the dusk. Brian loves his wife very much.

Daily Pictures (Slide Show)

Morning at Swan Lake Provincial Campground Alberta welcomes us
We like grain elevators, not sure why, we just like them Theresa has developed a healthy road library
Bugs and cracks, not really the Alcan without them A bear, literally high tailing it away
His friend, not nearly as excitable A very pretty chocolate brown bear outside of Jasper
Maybe stone sheep, maybe not... Jasper countryside
This elk and his buddy were hanging out on either side of the road This techtonic plate went up, the other went down
Hanging glaciers under the ice field Road Shot near the summit
More glacier More rivers
A very light brown black bear cub, about thirty feet from a very black sow Road Shot in Banff National Park

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