WEST EDMONTON MALL - 800 STORES IN 1 DAY!


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August 15th 2011
Published: August 20th 2011
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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
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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"
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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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Sea AdventuresSea Adventures
Sea Adventures

This is where the sea lion show was performed plus it has a replica of the Santa Maria, one of Columbus' ships and submarines that tooled around this lagoon
Rope QuestRope Quest
Rope Quest

Looked like lots of fun!
WaterparkWaterpark
Waterpark

Hot tub and "beach" entry
WaterparkWaterpark
Waterpark

Just some of the tube slides into the water
Bungee JumpBungee Jump
Bungee Jump

The bungee jumper hit the water....
Wave poolWave pool
Wave pool

At this end of the waterpark, it was a wave pool. FUN!
Amusement ParkAmusement Park
Amusement Park

The amusement park was huge and had a "kiddie" section and an adult section. There were little ones on this ride.
Tatoo ParlorTatoo Parlor
Tatoo Parlor

We were amazed at how busy this place was on a Monday afternoon.
Glacier Meadow RV ParkGlacier Meadow RV Park
Glacier Meadow RV Park

They didn't have a pull-thru site for us, so they just told us to pull out into the grassy area and use it as a pull-thru.
Jim and the Ice MachineJim and the Ice Machine
Jim and the Ice Machine

As much as I fussed when he bought the portable ice machine, I have had to eat my words. It's been great and paid for itself many times over. (ice was as much as $5/bag in some places)
Check out the gas mileage-18.8 mpgCheck out the gas mileage-18.8 mpg
Check out the gas mileage-18.8 mpg

Check out the outside temperature as well!
Camping on the RiverCamping on the River
Camping on the River

Beautiful campsite along the river in Kalispell
Cherry OrchardsCherry Orchards
Cherry Orchards

Driving along the east side of Flathead Lake in search of cherries
A cattle crossingA cattle crossing
A cattle crossing

We had read that the Natl Parks are building wildlife crossovers, but here's one along Hwy 93 between Kalispell and Missoula.


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