Pincher Creek & Waterton
This trail looks to be a trail of many firsts…yesterday was my first slack pack and today we are taking a zero after doing just 4mi/6km to start the trail yesterday. An odd beginning, but fitting and relaxing in a way. It’s just the way the timing worked out logistically. In order to camp without a permit the first night out of Waterton, we are aiming for a campsite about 16mi north of Waterton. To make that happen, we needed to do the out and back to touch the border from Waterton on a separate day. Since it is a weekend, we can’t send our resupplies or get our Canadian phone plans worked out until Monday. So, it worked to just get the miles in Sunday, take Monday to get errands and logistics done, and continue on hiking on Tuesday. Hope all that makes sense.
|Canada Post’s best!|
These two women smiled the whole time and were the most efficient I’ve every experienced…and since Pincher Creek has a truck that goes directly out to Calgary each day, the packages should all arrive in 3 days! Whaaa!? Not the 2-3 weeks we anticipated. Plus, it cost us each less than $100 US to mail the 6 boxes. Again, much less than we anticipated. We’ll see what happens, but it was a wonderful experience and we both left breathing half a sigh of relief. Now we just to confirm that they arrive next week…
|Super Dave keeping Wired connected!|
Dave is the Chair of the GDTA and has been section hiking the PCT. He lives in Calgary and contacted me awhile back offering to be of service in this transition time as a trail angel of sorts. He said he’s had so much kindness from people along his PCT hike that he wants to do the same here when he can. So nice! Dave was able to add me to his family’s Telus plan and I just paid him directly rather than paying Telus. To do that, we had to go to the store together in Pincher Creek. He kindly drove over from Calgary to make this happen. So nice! The plan is already paying off tonight. The wifi in Waterton is too weak to do a lot, so I’ve been able to come off it and just use the Telus connection and that has worked much better. E’s plan has turned out to have hidden costs and had some tricky wording that makes you think you’re getting more than you really do. For her, it will be rarely used, but it is something to really look into the fine print before choosing a plan. It does seem to be that you get what you pay for and if it’s cheap, there may be a reason for that. THANK YOU to Dave for making this happen!!! All the blog followers thank you too as this will help me to get the blog posts up more easily.
|Bison viewing at the Waterton Bison Paddock|
I’m a big fan of Waterton. Just a nice quiet small village of sorts that I find really calming and peacful. It is almost completely surrounded by mountains and really awe inspiring in any direction.
|Our affordable and quaint Motel for the night in Waterton.|
|Two things here…a playground surrounded by massive mountains…and free town-wide wifi (woman in orange)!|
Many of you may wonder what I plan to do with my car while I’m hiking. Well, I totally lucked out and all has fallen into place! An awesome couple that follows the blog up in Prince George has offered to pick us up at our endpoint at the remote Kakwa Lake at the end of the trail. Then I will fly to Chicago, hopefully in time for the birth of my twin sister’s third son. From there, I will fly back to Portland. That means my car needs to find its way home to Portland from Waterton. Since the CDT ends here, I was able to put out a notice with this year’s CDT Class and got many responses of fellow hikers willing to drive my car back to Portland when they finished. One hiker, named Wide Angle, who I’ve known through the interwebs for a couple years, is finishing in a week or so and will be driving it back to Portland. So great! Until then, I made some calls to local agencies and found someone willing to hold the car until Wide Angle arrives. I just love how it all falls into place.
Ok, tomorrow is the big day! We have a 5 night leg ahead to get to Coleman and I may not get service before then, so no worries if I don’t post. I will get them posted as soon as I can get service.