The 2011 Trip
Part 169 – High River to Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We were up at 7AM to a nice sunny but cool morning.

We had the HF antenna down, the trailer unblocked, the truck hooked on and said goodbye to our German friends next door, and departed site 51 at 9:29AM. We went to the dump station at the park gate, drained both tanks, hosed out the black tank and took on a full tank of fresh water. We departed the dump station at 10:15AM. We went via highway 23, highway 543 to highway 1 East the trans Canada.

It was a nice sunny day but very windy and mostly on the right side of the truck and trailer. We pulled into the Esso Station at Bassano and topped up the diesel tank and propane bottle. Rosie's Restaurant was part of the complex so we went in their and had lunch from 12:10PM to about 12:30PM.

Bill, VE6YXH, phoned while there wondering where we were. I dug out the hand held 2-meter rig, ¼ wave whip for the roof and hooked it all up in order to talk to Bill. It would not work. Once we passed Brooks I phoned Bill by our reliable On Star system. Bill said he would leave and meet us out on the road.

We pulled over and waited at the Mud Dogs Truck Wash in Redcliff having met Bill coming down the road. No Bill. So we decided to take off for the campground. We met Bill again just as we entered the road to the campground.

We entered the Gas City Campground Office at 3:02PM and the two women working there continued on arguing with each other as though we were not there. Joan and I were thinking we should turn around and leave when Bill and Betty came in.

The total distance High River campground to Gas City campground was 301 kilometres.

These campgrounds as I have stated many times are identical to a military or base camp except they do not have a parade square nor a gunner range. This one had a big official site on the desk that management reserves the right to assign one to any site.

We purchased site 16 for two days at $45.00 per day. The third highest campground of the trip. We have full hook-ups in a pull through if you want to leave the stern of the trailer on the road in order to reach the dump station. We will back up and dump just before we leave.

This is your typical Alberta campground. The ground is covered with those sticky buds that the trees drop. What a mess. Our shoe soles are completely covered. The High River campground was the same.

I blocked up the trailer, hooked up the water and electricity and we all went to Bill and Betty's for a great visit. Betty had a lovely supper of cabbage rolls, sausage, carrots and strawberry short cake. We have not had cabbage rolls for a long time. They were very good.

We simply visited all evening until Bill and Betty drove us back to the trailer after 11PM.

Another great day is history.

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