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Published: August 20th 2011
one of 3 "streets" full of restaurants - there was Bourbon Street, Europa and Chinatown
After the quaint little village of Jasper, it was off to Edmonton and North America's largest mall, over 800 stores with the largest indoor amusement park and the largest indoor waterpark with many tube slides. There are 3 new slides this summer and they feature an electronic launch system. Sliders step into a glass capsule and the floor drops from beneath them, sending them on their journey. Cyclone, the first waterslide of its kind in Canada offers both the unexpected drop plus a vertical loop. After the floor releases from beneath them, a slider plummets 17 meters straight down, as fast as 60 km/h, before arching upward into a near-vertical loop and blazing out into a splashdown lane. The two Sky Screamer Extreme slides both have the electronic launch system, but one of the slides is enclosed from start to finish while the other is open. We enjoyed watching!!! The amusement park has a kiddie section and an adult section that features the Mindbender — the world's largest indoor triple-loop roller-coaster. Again, looked like fun, but we decided it would be more fun if we had our kids and grandkids with us. We wandered through the Asian market (kinda smelly) and
the largest Asian market in North America - it had everything from dim sum to a noodle house to a Chinese steam table buffet plus an entire grocery store
onto the 3 streets that had restaurants - Europa Blvd, Chinatown and Bourbon St. The day was quite an experience!
From Edmonton, it was back to Calgary to see Scott and pick up our scooter. Got the scooter all hitched up again and trucked south. At Ft. Macleod, we (I) decided to take Canada 2S and go into Glacier National Park instead of heading straight to the Interstate. The road was narrow, elevated and had no shoulders. My driver was not a happy camper. We settled for the night in a campground in between East and West Glacier villages.
The next morning, we drove into West Glacier and there was not a place to park anywhere and we found out nothing over 21' could go very far into the park, so Glacier will have to wait for another day to visit. We checked out Whitefish and Kalispell next, staying a night in Kalispell on the river at Spruce Grove RV Park.
On 8/19, we drove the east side of Flathead Lake in search of Flathead cherries (supposedly much better than any we have ever tasted before - it was a late harvest this year and "much sweeter"
we loved the grocery carts
than previous years.) Found 2 kinds at a roadside stand - yellow and red. The yellow are very sweet and juicy; the red almost as good. However,I don't think they are as good as the Okanagan cherries we found in BC.
We stayed the night at Jellystone RV Park (first time we've ever stayed at a Jellystone) and will get on I90 in the morning. There's a happy driver in the coach tonight!!!
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