Creature Comforts

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Since we left Boise on April 17th, we have slowly been giving up creature comforts. We have not had TV since we left Boise. On April 21st, we crossed the border into Canada and lost wifi (the wifi we have for the RV is only good in the US). At the campground in Banff, there was a faucet so we could fill our water tank when we arrived and a dump station where we could empty our tanks when we left. This means we had running water in the RV. While there was no water or sewage at our campsite and getting water and emptying our tanks took a bit of effort, we did have a working water system in the RV. In Banff, electric hooks up were 30 amp instead of 50 amp. That meant we had to make sure certain things were turned off when other things were turned on to keep from tripping the breaker (we learned this through trial and error). When we relocated to Jasper on April 25th, the campground only had electric. There was no water except in the bath house and there was no dump station. So at that point, we had no tv, no wifi, no running water in the RV and only 30 amp electric. HOWEVER… we have a spectacular view and miles and miles of trails leaving from the campground. We have elk as neighbors. We also have a very comfortable RV that is well-insulated and even has a fireplace (that works well on 30 amps) to keep things toasty warm inside. We have plenty of food and the means to prepare it, so while we are doing without a lot of things that we generally take for granted we have other things to take their place. We are very grateful to find campgrounds with winter camping available for RVs. Most campgrounds in northern climates close during the winter.

Mary and I were both tent campers and backpackers for many years and are used to figuring things out and finding ways to make do with whatever we happen to have. We carry a couple of gallon bottles of water with us and keep enough water in our black tank so we can use the RV bathroom at night (instead of walking to the bath house) if we need to. We have a refrigerator that works on propane and a stove and oven that work on propane. We can have real meals instead of eating freeze-dried meals out of a bag. Having the RV instead of a tiny tent is a real luxury. I get up in the morning, fix a cup of tea, sit on the couch by the fireplace, watch the elk grazing in the yard and the sunrise over the northern rockies. Life doesn't get much better. We plan to be in Jasper until April 29th.

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