A GUY AND HIS DOG: WORK: OFF - FUN: ON

It's go time people!  I have officially departed the farm and my trip has...basically begun.  The initial plan for the trip was to meet Jessey and Tommie in BC after the BC Overland Rally then leave on July 1st.  That plan has been modified a little, I am now leaving on the 3rd, but will still be departing from Abbotsford, BC.  It was important to get the truck in for a check up before leaving and who else would I do that with but Ryan and James at Disturbed Industries Automotive (http://www.disturbedindustries.com/).  I also needed to pick up a few things on the way, tail lights, second awning etc.  

I left midday on Sunday and high-tailed it to Nordegg, Alberta where I met up with my new friend, Alex Bodogan.  Alex lives and works in Banff, Alberta and is an avid adventurer and overlander.  We hit it off immediately and were soon parked at our campsite for a night of truck talk, food and fire.  The night grew old and we retired to our respective sleeping areas.  

 Alex driving on the North Saskatchewan river delta in Abraham Lake.

Alex driving on the North Saskatchewan river delta in Abraham Lake.

 Those things in the distance, they make me happy.

Those things in the distance, they make me happy.

 This was the view from our first campsite option, like the time I arrived here with Alison, the site was occupied.  I'll get it one day.

This was the view from our first campsite option, like the time I arrived here with Alison, the site was occupied.  I'll get it one day.

 Alex doing all the work.

Alex doing all the work.

 Campfire chill session...I'm wondering when someone is gonna catch onto that little paradox I put in there.

Campfire chill session...I'm wondering when someone is gonna catch onto that little paradox I put in there.

 Good night world.

Good night world.

The next morning we woke up slowly and made breakfast while chatting and gazing across the North Saskatchewan River towards the mountains.  We packed up camp and made our way out to the highway where we turned West towards the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park.  We eventually found our way to Golden, BC where we enjoyed lunch together at Whitetooth Mountain Bistro.  I consumed - vigorously, I might add - the best chicken burger I have ever eaten, there is no doubt in my mind that I will be returning for seconds at some point in my life.

 Good morning world.

Good morning world.

 I didn't bring the kitchen sink, but the rest of the kitchen is there.

I didn't bring the kitchen sink, but the rest of the kitchen is there.

 Dish washing.

Dish washing.

 You haven't had coffee until you've had glacier water coffee.

You haven't had coffee until you've had glacier water coffee.

 Whitetooth Mountain Bistro in Golden, BC...omg, so good.

Whitetooth Mountain Bistro in Golden, BC...omg, so good.

Alex and I parted ways after a short impromptu photo shoot.  A few hours later I found myself in Cold Stream, BC heading towards the King Edward FSR where I'd find my campsite alongside King Edward Lake.  The next morning I made my way back to civilization where I visited with my pal, Ben Peddle who I had bought an awning from.  I met his son Jack for a second time and Willow licked his face...a lot.  After visiting with Ben for a couple hours and helping him mount up his rooftop tent I set out again towards the coast, stopping only to swim at Bromley Rock Provincial campground and to let Willow out to stretch her legs.  I arrived at my parents place in time to catch a ride with my bro and to have a short visit with the family before settling down for the night.  

 The man, the myth, the legend. Alex Bodogan. @overlandingwc

The man, the myth, the legend. Alex Bodogan. @overlandingwc

 Waking up is easy, leaving the campsite is the hard part.

Waking up is easy, leaving the campsite is the hard part.

This week, post Trans AB/BC trip, has consisted of errands mostly as I get the finishing touches done on the truck.  I leave with my bestie, Matt, on Monday to start our way up the West Harrison FSR to Cache Creek.  Then on to the Yukon!