Wednesday, October 7, 2015


We had a pretty quiet day here in Cranbrook.  I did three loads of laundry so that's all caught up.  Aileen has been working hard at making sure we use up any food that isn't allowed across the border.  We did go and have a very nice lunch in a Bavarian type restaurant called Frank's.  Our server was very good about ensuring a gluten free experience for Aileen and he and another server sang happy anniversary to us.  He made Aileen's day by saying he thought we looked like 35 years married when in fact, this was number 48.
Yesterday morning, we caught the 8:10 am ferry across Kootenay Lake from Balfour to Crawford Bay which is a 45 minute ride.  I seem to recall them saying it is the longest free ferry ride around. Immediately after getting off the ferry, we parked the motor home and drove down a side road then walked up to the Pilot Bay lighthouse.  After a very slow trip down the east side of Kootenay Lake, mostly because of all the 40 and 50 km per hour corners, it was nice to get back on Hwy 3 and be able to cruise along at a good clip.  We traveled 195 kms arriving in Cranbrook about 3 pm which turned out to be 4 pm as we crossed into the Mountain Time Zone just before arriving here.
Tomorrow we plan to cross the border on our way to Grand Junction, CO.   Not wanting to rush, I have broken the trip into five days so the longest day should be only 270 miles.  I activated our Verizon air card this morning so we should be able to have internet along the way.  I will charge up our US cell phones tonight so we should be current with having phone service as well.

These two photos were taken just below our campsite at Balfour

As we were leaving Balfour, this is the last point of land on the west side of the lake

Looking back to our departure point, Balfour on the right and Procter on the left

This is the ferry.  Logging is very important to the local economy as witnessed by the three logging trucks on board.  Our motor home is at the back under the 2000 

An inland lake lighthouse, Pilot Bay Light is high on a hill.  You can see the ferry off in the distance making another run from Balfour to Crawford Bay