“Closed for the season”

We put Toga to bed and left the boatyard on Sunday, October 18 heading east. We decided to take the long way home and head to Winnipeg (i.e. “Winterpeg”) and then head south to visit Minnesota, where my Dad now lives and Amy goes to law school at the U of M (Go fighting Mondales!).  We had a lovely drive across Canada Highway 1, the Banff area was particularly beautiful.  We noticed that there were some signs of winter – snow in the mountains, etc.  The title for this blog post comes from the signs we saw all along the way, everything was closed down! Campgrounds, Visitor’s Centers, etc.  Canada was getting ready for snow.

We crossed back into the United States in North Dakota and headed to the Twin Cities.  We had a really nice visit with my Dad and his fiancee, Mary, and, of course, our darling daughter, Amy.  We also got to visit some of my other relatives and an apple orchard! It was an all around good time.  We headed east from the Twin Cities and visited Mount Rushmore, staying a day ahead of snow forecasts, and the monument was very impressive.  The next day we visited Yellowstone, which has been a lifelong dream of mine – I was not disappointed.  I loved it!  Still, we were a day ahead of a predicted snow storm. We kept wondering if we had snow chains somewhere in our car.  Luckily, we didn’t need them.

After Yellowstone it was a race home, stopping in San Luis Obispo to visit our wonderful son, Jacob.  It was a fun 2-week long road trip, but we are glad to be back home in Redondo Beach for the winter.  I hope to see as many of you as possible while we are home.  Thanks for following along on our adventures!

Getting Toga winterized was a lot of work.

Getting Toga winterized was a lot of work.

Toga put to bed for the winter

Toga put to bed for the winter

Our sidekick, Charlie

Our sidekick, Charlie

Snowy Mountains

Snowy Mountains

Lake Louise, Banff

Lake Louise, Banff

Simple, Canadian rest stop - had the place all to ourselves!

Simple, Canadian rest stop – had the place all to ourselves!

World's largest Teepee. Medicine Hat, Alberta

World’s largest Teepee. Medicine Hat, Alberta

Quaint motel in Brandon, Manitoba (at least on the outside)

Quaint motel in Brandon, Manitoba (at least on the outside)

So happy to see our Amy

So happy to see our Amy

University of MN auditorium

University of MN auditorium

University of MN

University of MN

Apple tree at the orchard

Apple tree at the orchard

Beautiful fall colors

Beautiful fall colors

Dad and Mary

Dad and Mary

family photo!

family photo!

family photo!

family photo!

Minnesota cousins

Minnesota cousins

Mount Rushmore - quite impressive

Mount Rushmore – quite impressive

George in profile

George in profile

Snowy

Snowy

Snow threatening of the way to Yellowstone

Snow threatening of the way to Yellowstone

Little geysers everywhere

Little geysers everywhere

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Lower Yellowstone Falls

Upper Yellowstone Falls

Upper Yellowstone Falls

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The

The “artists paint pots” at Yellowstone – so amazing!

The

The “artists paint pots” at Yellowstone – so amazing!

Yellowstone herd of buffalo

Yellowstone herd of buffalo

Old Faithful doing it's thing!

Old Faithful doing it’s thing!

Morro Bay beach with Jacob

Morro Bay beach with Jacob – loved to see our boy!

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