Warren & Emily Swan → Trips → 1982This was our honeymoon trip, starting out on the day after we were married, which was Saturday, 7 August 1982.
We both liked tent camping, so that’s what we did, all the way out to Banff in Alberta, Canada.
We drove into Canada below Winnipeg, where we caught the trans-Canada route and headed west. We were surprised at how light it was so late, after setting up camp at Tillebrook Provincial Park. Then we realized, first, that we had entered Mountain Time, and being so far North, the sun sets later and rises earlier in Summer.
We were glad to see the mountains after 5 days of driving flat lands. We camped at Banff National Park and took the Gondola Ride up Mount Torquay.
Several times during this day we heard avalanches from a glacier high up the mountain from us. We finally started to hear something and turned around to see the ending of an avalanche.
We started to drive toward Jasper but didn’t get there. Instead we stopped to hike up to a view of Peyto Lake; then we stopped to take a tour of the Athabasca Glacier on a shuttle/snow track.
When we crossed back into the U. S. at Eureka, Montana, a clanking under hood demanded immediate attention. I tightened the belt to the water pump and we continued on. A few miles South of town the loud “thud” under the hood indicated the worst: the water pump shaft had broken. We started to carry some essentials back toward town, but begged a ride from locals. We set up camp at the town park, checked out a little pioneer village there and slept.
The next morning we ordered the part from a parts store (to be delivered in 2 days), and then started looking for a reasonable towing service. We didn’t like what we found and were just walking back toward camp when the Chevy dealer we’d talked to about a tow saw us. He told us that he had to go to Kalispell this day and that he would take care of the towing and getting the part. We were growing concerned as the day wore on and he didn’t show up. Kalispell is 60 miles away.
We left via Bear Tooth Pass, and went through Bighorn Pass. In Western South Dakota we looked for ghost towns, something we would do on various other Western vacations.
In the Badlands of South Dakota we stopped for our first visit to that famous tourist trap, Wall Drug. Honeymooners got a free donut, as do law enforcers, truckers, and a bunch of other categories. From thence we did the Big Push to our home, an apartment in Palatine, IL.
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