It was still hazy in Naramata from the Okanagan fires when we left, and our plan was to get up above the smoke and camp in Glacier National Park, in the Rockies.
We drove up to Revelstoke, the last town before the park and spotted the first moose of the whole trip on the way up.
There was just one problem: Glacier Park was on fire.
We’ll only 600 hectares of it.
The park is on a 150 km stretch of curvy roads between Revelstoke and Golden. There’s nothing else in between.
In Revelstoke the air was so smoky it was hard to breathe. It was impossible to imagine camping.
But all the hotels for a 100 mile radius were booked for the local street festival. In Golden all we could find was the fancy jacuzzi suite in an independent hotel.
We set off. It was two hours driving through the smoky end of a forest fire on curvy mountain roads in the dark with extremely limited visibility at 110 km/hr.
I had an asthma attack about 30 minutes in and spent most of the drive in panic mode feeling dizzy. Good thing I wasn’t driving.
And yet there were still folks out repaving the road in the dark.
Nothing like alternating single-lane traffic for 24-7 construction while ash falls on your car. Harrowing.
I have never been so happy to get to my hotel in my life.
No pics of the drive – I was a bit distracted. But here is some hipster glassware from the restaurant in Revelstoke.
- Moose: 1
- Total distance: 7500 km