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Journey to Banff

Driving the Interstates and Trans Canada Highway

sunny 2 °C

So we are currently in sunny, warm Calgary - yup that's right....2 degrees and sunny and the temperature just keeps rising today.

OK.....a little bit about our journey here:

We spent two nights at the Fairmont Chicago and the room was fantastic. Huge, comfy room with a great view of the river. However, Chicago was cold and sleety. We were slipping and sliding trying to walk on the sidewalks!! Chicago does have lots of microbrew beers and the BEST deep dish pizza I've ever eaten - Pizza Uno. YUM! Another notable place was Lou Mitchell's diner where they often have linen ups outside but luckily none when we got there as it was a week day. The place was very busy and I had a huge omelette that was delicious!! Ash had the meatloaf - he was in heaven...lots of meeeeaaaat!! Highly recommend checking out this diner for great value eats.

From Chicago we hadn't decided if we were going to drive all the way to Fargo, North Dakota or stop earlier in Minniapolis. We pushed on through to Fargo and arrived about 10:30 at night. It was late and we figured we just needed a place to sleep so we grabbed the cheapest hotel just off the highway. Turns out the hotel was rated 39th out of 39 hotels in Fargo - and trust me, it was no surprise!! Wow - lesson learned, not doing that again!!

We pushed out from Fargo early on Wednesday morning and headed through North Dakota into Saskatchewan. North Dakota was pretty cool, really white snow covering everything. Luckily it was a nice sunny day and the roads were really clear. As soon as we crossed the boarder into Saskatchewan the Great White Canadian weather greeted us with snow, blowing snow and extremely low visability. Luckily that only lasted about an hour and only caused one 15 minute squabble. ;)

Wednesday night was spent in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. What a spot! A balmy -39 with windchill....nice. We stayed at the Super 8 which after a night in Fargo was equivalent to the Fairmont experience. :)

Thursday - arrived in Calgary. We managed to luck into two tickets to the Friday night Calgary Flames vs. Dallas Stars game. The seats were amazing....we could literally feel the heat whenever the Flames scored! A 7-4 game for the Flames...couldn't have asked for better. Had a great night with the Willette (with an "e") uncles at the game and at a dive of a bar afteward playing pool - we won! Uncle Stan and Lenny are pretty good pool players I must say!

We just finished breakfast compliments of Uncle Lenny. Off to pack up and leave for the hour ish drive to Banff. Can't wait to see the mountains!!

OK, it wouldn't be a proper blog entry if we didn't recommend some beverages:
Chicago's Goose Island Beer Company - great wheat beer!
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery - Ash enjoyed the stout
Rolling Rock - easy any day drinking

Look out for the next update from the mountains of Banff!
Denise & Ash

Posted by dee-n-ash 12:36 Archived in Canada

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Yay, glad to see a new blog entry and love that you are adding videos, fun! xo miss ya!

by Julie

So fun to see the blog!!! I miss you guys already!

Mike and I are going to come out to visit Feb 18th, I think. Can't wait!

by Betty

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