Monday, October 24, 2011

Montana and North Dakota

Not much to say today. Just a lot of driving... We covered 885 kilometers today (which I drove 530 of)We are in Dickinson North Dakota for the night. I would have loved to have pushed another hour to Bismark, but mom was afraid it would get dark before we got there.

The weather has been holding fairly well since we left the wet coast...I mean west coast. There has been a few little showers of rain, but nothing bad. We have seen more deer (dead and alive), 2 buffalo and lots of cows and horses. I still have not seen a real cowboy, but am holding out hope for tomorrow.

We were joking today that I should put myself out as a mail order bride... the add would go like this...

Name: Caitlin
Skills and attributes: Can ride horses, drive tractors, good with children, doesn't mind being isolated, can eat jerky while in the saddle all day, and finally... has good child bearing hips

I wonder if I would get any sane replies?

I love Montana and North Dakota as they remind me of Alberta, with hills, mountains, badlands, hoodos, lakes...

There were a lot of old shacks along the highway (some up a ways, some right near the fence line. They were rather neat and I would have loved to have been able to stop and explore them. A lot of the fences were on hills, and in rocky areas, I am glad that I did not have to put them up...

Here are a few pics from today's journey, then I am off to dinner (Mom wants to go to "Bonanza" although I would be happy to sit in the room and eat my jerky and sausages)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day 2 and 3

Friday was a bit of a bomb...the weather was atrocious. It just rained and rained and rained. We went to Lynn Valley Suspension bridge, Edgemont Village and Whitespot. Then we napped.

The George Canyon concert was awesome!!! He is an amazing performer. He and the band all joke with each other and get along great. He has such a loud voice and really puts on a show. The crew was joking around, doing Van Halen so he said that would be as silly as him doing ... then he started singing "Baby Baby, Oh Baby" it was hysterical!!! The opening act was Ryan Laird, and he was really good as well (an Ontario boy) (well not really a boy...2 years older than me) There was a really drunk girl that was sitting behind us and she spilled her beer, kept tripping, made a lot of noise, flashed her undies... oh yeah, she also fell on the lady beside me. Her boyfriend was no better and kept giving her more alcohol!!!! He was very noisy and kept shouting out things. All in all it was a great concert.

We were on the road this morning around 9:30, crossed the border with no problems. We were planning to stop at Ellensburg (about a 5 hour drive) but I wanted to keep pushing. We stopped in Everett for lunch and gas then continued on. We saw "Wild Horse Monument" which is a bunch of wild horse statues on the top of a hill. Mom took over driving then (I drove for about 6 hours) then we stopped in Ritsville about an hour/hour and a half. We went out to "Perkins" for dinner.

When we had stopped at lunch they had pie and I had a chocolate one but really wanted peanut butter pie. Guess what Perkins had? That's right...Peanut Butter Pie!!! So we bought a whole pie (it was cheaper than just 2 pieces) so that's lunch tomorrow :)

We are now going to go to the pool, then crash and hopefully be off between 7-8 am in the morning. (I am trying to go fast so when we get to Montana I can spend a while chasing cowboys ;-) I am hoping to go for a ride somewhere along the way as well.

That's about all for now. Stay tuned.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mom's Visit

Mom arrived yesterday around 4 pm We went over to the pet store I worked at (after a slight detour downtown cause the streets are silly there...) Then we went to a restaurant called Andrea's. It is really good Italian/Greek, and I always take people there. (If I remember) We split a platter that had a bit of everything (and had it again for dinner tonight) Then they gave us a free loaf of bread which will be lunch/snack for a few days. Then we headed to the hotel and were in bed by 9.

We got up around 6:30 this morning, went for the continental breakfast. Then we headed towards Mt. Seymour, but the cloud was insane and part way up we had to turn around. We then went to Deep Cove. We then went to the Quay (saw some butter tarts...almost got one for Grandpaw but it may not have survived the trip), took the seabus, went to gastown (Roger's chocolates...) Then we came back to the North Shore, drove across to Stanley Park, biked around the seawall, then went to the Aquarium. We then attempted Mt. Seymour, got to the top parking lot, but it was foggy so got a picture in dusk from the second to top parking lot.

Then we went to superstore, got gas, bought some cheese, filled my tire (it was flat) drove back to the hotel, and are now blogging and watching :Big Bang Theory".

Tomorrow we are headed to Midas to check all my tires, then off to Horsehoe Bay, Whytecliff Park, (maybe) Capilano suspension bridge, Lynn Valley suspension Bridge, and the George Canyon concert. Then Saturday am, we head out to Seattle (and hope we have no problems going through, cause if they need to search my car everything will fall out the trunk...

Monday, October 10, 2011

On the road again

Well, some of you may have heard that I am on the move again. I have been thinking of changing my name from Cantering Caitlin to Roving Gypsy Girl. Any thoughts? I am moving out of my house on October 16, and staying at my friend Alysha's house for a few days while I wait for mom to fly out. Then we will be spending a few days touring Vancouver and area, then head out on a road trip. We will be driving most of the way through the states to avoid the mountains and snow (End of October is not the best time to do a road trip through Canada).

I am pretty busy right now, packing, wrapping up work, looking for a new job...I am hoping for someone with horses again, but I may need to take something else.

I am off to walk the dogs, then take him home, then pack...