I am really posting this in order to share the photo below. I tried to do so last night, but the wifi would not let me do so. But, since I have your attention I may as well give a brief comparison between camping in the US vs. Canada. First, the people: Canadians are much nicer and friendlier than us. Last night I mentioned that we are at a happy, family filled campground. What I did not say is that our neighbors, despite almost being on top of us, do not return conversations. Walking to the bathroom this morning only a few people returned my good morning. In Canada several people introduced themselves to me. A RCMP sought us out just to give us directions. When we asked directions (and we did that a lot) people often stopped what they were doing and then led us to where we had to go (I should say that this also happened once in MN). Second, it is much cheaper to camp here but you do not get as much. At Waterton we had showers and teams of teenagers patroling the grounds for our comfort (and I am guessing a chance to escape their boss). In the US you pay between $12 to $20 for a campsite (at Waterton it was $27) but you may not get soap in the bathroom. No showers. Usually one older man in a golf cart patroling a 100+ site campground. You get what you pay for. Finally, a quick word about camping. Last night was our 15th night sleeping in a tent. We also spent 4 nights so far in KOA Kamping Kabins which are small cabins where you supply the bedding and do not have a private bathroom (I think this would be the perfect way for a non-camper to camp; you can see America via these cabins and save a lot of dough, eat better, meet more people, etc). So far the roughest nights were at Pacific Rim where we had a walk-in site a decent walk from our car. I felt we were in our own private little rain forest and it did rain almost the whole time we were in our tent. Last night and Waterton were probably our least wild nights- here we have wifi, little privacy, a nice bathroom with showers, friendly people working here, and are not to far from an overpriced store that could supplement our needs. There also is a small resteraunt here. Most of our sites have been inbetween these two extremes. If you have not guessed it, we love to camp. I like sleeping in my own portable home that I can set up almost anywhere (with a different tent Corey and I once set it up on a ship headed down the coast of Alaska). Unlike an RV, we can still go anywhere we want. I also love the ease at which I can make my own food via the small propane stove we have and/ or grill that is often at our sites. I think I eat better on the road than at home. Anyways, enjoy the pic below. We are headed to the Tetons and Yellowstone and may not be able to post for awhile. I promise lots of photos when we do (post).
Yay for those Minnesotans! Keeping up the reputation of the “Minnesota Nice”.