All Around The Campfire

Leaving Canada

Even though we always swear we are going to take our time, we left Jasper early with plans to get to Edmonton by noon. Rather than hookup the Jeep at the campground, we chose to get gas in the motorhome and then pull over on a side street for the hookup. Sometimes it’s just so much easier that way. The drive to Edmonton was pretty uneventful unless you count that part where a baby moose nearly darted onto the highway in front of us.

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When we were about an hour outside of Edmonton, I pulled up the Allstays app and started looking for a campground. We planned to go to the West Edmonton Mall, so I wanted to be nearby. We settled on Glowing Embers RV Park, and took a chance that they would have a space. We ended up with a nicely shaded pull-thru site. Considering the day was sweltering, we couldn’t have been happier!

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After set up we headed straight to the mall. Holy cow is that place huge! Our local shopping areas are all set up as outdoor malls, so an inside mall has become really weird and fascinated. After a quick pizza, we set out to explore. They have an indoor amusement park with all sorts of rides including a few rollercoasters. Too bad we’d just shoved pizza into our faces. The water park looked like tons of fun. They even have a sea lion show and mini golf. Basically this mall has everything! Also, it was rather over-stimulating, so after two hours we gave up, went to the grocery store, and then back to the campground to take advantage of their wifi.

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Again we were out early the next day with plans to stay overnight somewhere between Edmonton and the border. But somehow we didn’t stop. First we thought it was too early, so we wanted to get some more miles behind us. Then we decided to stop near Regina in a town called Craven. We didn’t know that a giant country music festival was taking place in Craven. It was a madhouse, and we ended up a never-ending road. We pulled into a picnic area to turn around. Bad, bad idea. We basically ended up taking the motorhome off-roading. It sucked. A lot.

After we got out of the picnic area and away from the music festival, we ended up driving all the way to Weyburn, SK – all in all a 600 mile trip. We were exhausted, couldn’t find a campground, and had our first overnight at Walmart. What a way for my husband to celebrate his birthday! It wasn’t bad at all. By the time we woke up the next morning, two other motorhomes and 6 trucks had joined the overnight stop.

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We crossed the border early the next morning ecstatic to be back to having our phones and hotspot working correctly again.

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