Stories on the Road Between Cochrane, Alberta and Kelowna, British Columbia

Sometime after Cochrane we encountered hundreds of commuters heading west towards what we anticipated would be needing into the national park.

As we neared the turnoff for Kananaskis Country at least fifty-percent of the vehicles peeled off onto the exit ramp. Ninety-nine percent of the vehicles turned left onto route 40 south creating a traffic jam on the overpass.

Glancing left out of curiosity the vehicles then turned left off route 40 into the parking lot of Stoney Nakoda Resort & Casino. “Wow! Everyone is gambling or they’re not concerned about Covid! That’s pretty incredible,” I said. The wife nodded her headed without comment. Then she put her hand behind the rear-view mirror flicking the National Park pass, “will we need a new one?”

“Nah, they extended it until January because they shut down the parks for 3-months,” explained I then, “we could stop at the booth and check when it will expire?” She nodded her agreement.

Entering the outer limits of the National Park the vehicles began slowing from 110kmph to 40kmph to 0kmph. People were lining up to pay for a day pass or national pass in the three-open booth lanes.

“Think we’ll hit the pass through lane on the right today and check online later,” I said, “since there’s eighty plus cars packed into those lanes.” I pointed then turned on the right signal light merging and driving past with others.

Twelve minutes later I pointed out the windscreen, “that’s one of my project sites. Its a water plant connected to Two Jack Lake. They’re having issues with cellular signals inside the building.”

“Wow,” she said, “I’ve always wondered what that old brick building was? And why they never tore it down,” said the wife.

Water Plant

Blowing by we continued past the town of Banff, and Cascade Mountain, then Snowy Peak followed by Mount Norquay. Continuing west we drove along the Trans-Canada highway when the wife broke the silence with an infinite question that would last us until we reached Osoyoos the following day.

“Okay, here’s the question. You now have an infinite supply of money that will never run out. Now what’s the first things that you will do?” She says with a short giggle. “Please give me three minutes to decide my answer.” “Uh-huh,” she agreed and waited patiently.

Okay… here’s my list. First, I’m going to buy all the accessories that I want for Franken Taco until he’s fully built the way I would like. Second we are driving to the Arctic circle then up to Tuktoyaktuk, Northern Territories. From here we roadtrip to the tip of Chile to catch the summer cruise to Antarctica. What about you?”

“Well, I think I’d travel once around the world hitting up all my dream locations like Southern France, Luxembourg, Spain, Italy and Greece. Then I’d hit South Africa, Madagascar and India. Then finish up Australia and New Zealand before making it Fiji and the cook islands then home.”

“That’s a lot of money, good thing its infinite!” I said. Then she asked a number of other questions; which of these would you own and run as a business? hotel or resort, and why? Swimming pool or hot spring, and why? Restaurant or cafe, and why? The list of this or that continued until I pulled off the highway at Three Valley Gap to fly the drone.

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Three Valley Gap (c) JacksonCrabb Photography

“Okay, I’ve got a good one for you,” she says, “your dressed in a hoodie and shorts kind of like right now. And your going to buy an expensive automobile. First how long do you think it takes before someone talks to you? And which automobile dealership would you go to?”

“Well this is easy. I go into the Porsche dealership and start looking at the newest GT3 in the place. Pawing all over it. Climbing inside it, moving dials, opening the hood and bonnet. And you?,” I say with a smile. “Wow that was easy!,” she replied, followed by “I have no idea which one to look at but it’s a Ferrari dealership.”