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by Kayla Frivalt Click Here
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Peggi & John
Kayla is our
12 year old niece from Arnprior (near Ottawa), Ontario and
this is the
story of our interesting adventure as she saw it.
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My 'RV Trip of a Lifetime '
from Kelowna, BC to my home in Ontario
Summer of 2002
My trip of a life time all started when I said to my mom one of these summers I would really like to travel with Aunti Peggi and Uncle John. So my mom said I will e-mail them and ask if it is at all possible to travel with them in their MotorHome for the summer or for a week or so.
Before I knew it I was at the Ottawa Ontario airport waiting for my plane to arrive so I could board to start my travel half way across Canada. My mom started to cry which made me cry and then I couldn't stop because I knew I wasn't going to see her again for another two weeks.
I had to do touch down in Hamilton, Winnipeg and Calgary. In Calgary I switched planes for one going to Kelowna. I waited for them to call flight 15 destination Kelowna and Vancouver but they never called; I was getting a little worried so I called my mom and who suggested I go to the desk to ask about my plane ride. They said it has been delayed 45min that time was in addition to the original 1 hour wait. I read a book did some crossword puzzles and got a bit to eat. Then I found some one that was on my plane before going to the same destination as me, so I sat with him and we talk until we were called to get on the plane. I arrived safe and sound in Kelowna where my aunt and uncle were happily waiting for me. I knew I was going to have a great time and have so much fun with them and all there friends we were to visit.
The first night was the best, we traveled to city centre to eat supper in a restaurant overlooking Lake Okanogan--there was a band playing right out side in the park. After supper we walked around some more along many streets in downtown Kelowna. We only stayed in Kelowna for one night then it was on the road first thing each and every morning, since there were , 2600 miles to be covered from British Columbia to Ontario with many sight seeing stops along the way and we only had two weeks.
If I were to tell you about every single day you would be reading for hours on end. Some of the sites I enjoyed in B. C was the walk along the water front in Kelowna, and the Canyon Hot Springs in Revelstoke. Their regular therapeutic pool was 89oF and the large hot tube was over 100 degrees. While sitting in the pools we looked up huge snow covered mountains surrounding us. On our route east we saw many magnificent mountains but the mountains in BC were the best.
We took a side trip to Lake Louise and Banff, Alberta. I figured you can't go this far and not go to Banff. The weather was cloudy and rainy so it wasn't as beautiful as it could have been. Lake Louise was still green and very breathtaking even with all the clouds. Banff was a very cute town with lots of stores. My sister would love to come here to ski--- maybe someday. So then onto Calgary for our first stop, one of Peggi's friends called Wanda from the military lived there and we went to her house for dinner. That was exciting because she had travelled a lot and each room was decorated in a different theme. Her walls were covered with souvenirs from around the world.
The next day was packed full, we woke early so the 4 of us could visit a Ghost Town en route to Edmonton where Wanda and I were suppose to go horseback riding but since the horses could only be ridden on the on the weekends we continued to the West Edmonton Mall. It was the most exciting thing I have ever seen in the hole wide world. Peggi was able to get tickets for many of the attractions. When we first walked in we came to a huge skating rink and just around the corner there was a dolphin show with two talented dolphins. Next we took the submarine ride on a ship right beside the dolphins. There was an onsite hotel and a GalaxyLand theme park and a wave pool with a bungee jumping into the water and much more. It was so amazing and so large I want to go back there again next year with my family just to shop--- with a little time to play. The next day Peggi and I went to the zoo just for a girls morning out. We got lost going there but it was a very interesting zoo with up close animals---many with young babies. Just for info since we left all maps at home we also got lost coming back. John stayed behind to do maintenance on the coach and to relax for the long driving days still ahead.
After a quick lunch we pulled out again, to another friends house in Cluney, Alberta. Marcie is a very crafty lady who enters many creations into the fair every year. She taught me to make a neat 'flower pen'. It looks like a flower on a stem but it is actually a pen. Then her two grandkids came over, Her daughter and I went to the park with the kids. Next day John, Peggi and I headed to the Dinosaur Provincial Park to drive through the bad lands; they were really interesting. We continued onto the Tyrell Museum of Dinosaurs in nearby Drumheller; it is loaded with giant prehistoric skeletons.
Next stop was to Winnipeg where we met another of Peggi's military friends. Fern was taking care of two foster kids Theresa age 12 and Angie age 4 so they came over for a get acquainted visit and decide on what we would do the next day. We decided on the museum of Man and Nature and it was so exciting having someone my age to tour with. After the guided tour of the museum we went to Chuckee Cheese for lunch. That was the neatest restaurant with lots of games, the three kids had o riot while Peggi and Fern caught up on all the news. After a short visit to their house we returned to the motorhome.
The following day we were on the road again to Nipigon for a one night stay. That park had a unique selection of rocks and gems in the office. Bright and early the next morning we headed to Wa-Wa to see the big goose at the entrance of town. We also had time to shop for groceries, visit a beautiful waterfall, the beach and go to the library to check my e-mails.
Two days at Sudbury was next main stop on the list. Good days drive but the day we got there it was to late to do anything but the next morning we went to the museum to learn about the Nickel Mine and see two movies at the IMAX. It was fun touring the Science Centre museum but I would have enjoyed it more if I would have had a friend with me for company.
The following day our trip would
soon be over, we were on the last stretch home. Another good driving day
with a few gift shop stops along the way. When we got home my dad was there to greet me but my mom and sister were at work. I
felt like they truly missed me; they made a banner with balloons, to
Welcome me home. That's the end of this trip and I am home to stay, for awhile.
It was a good trip but there is no place like home
Kayla and her family are avid campers who spend many weekends in their pop-ups enjoying the wonders of Provincial Parks with several other families.
Vistas like this are so outstanding from the passenger seat.
A swim in a Hot Springs surrounded by majestic mountains was a first for Kayla.
Everyone just has to have a firsthand look at the wonders of Banff.
Kayla and Wanda at the Incredible West Edmonton Mall.
Feeding the goats in a very unique way during a lunch stop add interest to a long driving day.
The Tyrell Museum is an outstanding display of young and old prehistoric animals roamed this earth 75 million years ago.
The magnificent dogs at the Ranch flocked to greet us.
Fern's two foster kids provided a perfect interlude for Kayla to enjoy company her own age.
En route to Winnipeg we stopped to enjoy a horse drawn covered wagon ride in Manitoba's desert near Brandon. Kayla loves her horses.
the privilege of travelling in a motorhome. so she flew from Ontario Canada to British Columbia in June 2001
a magnificent view from the Passenger seat
Interesting shops add unexpected highlights.
Lake Louise is breathtaking even in the rain.
was interesting even if the horses were out to pasture.
The Calgary Zoo was outstanding. There were so many babies to marvel.
Our drive among Alberta's Badlands, the home of the Dinosaurs, was simply inspirational.
Finally by the time we got to Regina Kayla was able to enjoy a ride on horseback--- complete with colt in tow.
Theresa, Angela and Kayla had a ball at the Museum and then an afternoon at Chuckee Cheese.
Sudbury was another memorable highlight.
WaWa's amazing landmark---the Canada Goose.