Canada - USA 1992
Winnipeg - Calgary - Trail /Beaver falls - Grand Forks - Kelowna -
- Seattle - Yellowstone - Grand Teton -
- Bozeman - Bismark - Fargo - Winnipeg
Canada was always my dream country from young times on, wilderness, woods, the own wood hut, and adventures. So I left school and decided to travel Canada to see how my dreams would match with the country itslef. I flew to Winnipeg
to the uncle of my friend about 20 km from the city in nowhere, flat land, woods and agriculture. i arrived during may and winter was stille there, i had some nice trips in the woods around the house following the traces of coyoties and others. After about one
week i left to Calgary
passing the plains and moving into spring, i just passed Calgary and travelled further to BC where i visited some families of my friends, spent some nice days at Beaver Falls not far from Trail, did some good walks at the waterfall and along the creek where i found a beaver dam and helped my friend while arranging things for his new place,
a farm with horses at Grand Forks
/BC. We moved there togather in his
pickup and spent a good time at his farm house, heating the stove at night with old wood chairs and eating beens and bacon from cans. Wilderness in BC is very special, mountains, lakes, glaciers, grizzlies, coyoties, wolfes and the more.
I left by bus and arrived to Kelowna
where i visited some friends. They had a canoe and i asked them if i could use the canoe on the lake Okanagan
, yes no problem, they took me to the lake and i started my trip on the lake equiped with a tent, sleeping bag, some food, a rain coat, a plastik plane for covering the stuff in the boat. It was a beautiful trip along the coast, rocky and with some bays with a beach, met a fisher man along the coast who gave me some fish which i roasted on the fire at the evening, but the meat was too hard to eat it. Sometimes i could see the waves coming closer as the lake is formed as a pipe very long where the wind blows through and one time the wind was that strong that it turned the boat and i had to do a cyrcle. After about 3 days paddling north i paddled back south from where my friends picked me up. See the piccies from lake Okanagan, with my friends we visited some small lakes up the mountains for fishing.
we flew in a small water aeroplane to Bella Bella (map), which was an adventure by itself, just some two or three kilometers above the sea, able to see all the big and small islands along the Canadien west coast, eagles, giant trees, it took us some hours and we had a save flight also we couldn t start at the point but had to wait some time for good weather.
is a native community - Heiltsuk nation
, and a village with an airport located on an island in the wilderness along the canadien westcoast. We spent some days there, my friend was working on a tank and i met some new nice people at our hut close to the planes, on our island across the sea, some few hundred meters, from Bella Bella. It was even possible to watch Kolibris coming close drinking from the nektar bottles.
After some days we flew back to the city, could see the clear cuts from the plane on Vancouver island. Vancouver is a nice city, with an interesting shore line and a harbour where i met a family who was working on their own boat. I spent some days with my relatives from Canada, visited the Botanical garden in Vancouver, some old forts and villages.
I headed on to the USA
by greyhound-bus, passed Seattle
where i had a pause for an afternoon, visited the harbour there with nice wood yachts, and walked around the space needle, i think that s how it s called the high watch tower in the city and left for Yellowstone National Park
, where i arrived after a long ride in the bus passing Washington state and Idaho,
arriving to Wyoming
at the national parks west entrance. There i was hitch hiking and walking along the street till i reached a camping site where I staied over night. Next day i started walking again wich is not so nice because of the huge distances in the park, passed some grasslands with bisons and found some bones there, till i reached the fountainsafter having done soime miles by foot, the big geysers and colourfull water basins the most famouse one "Old Faithful", all togather very impressing natural wonders and worth a visit for some days in the park,
I got lucky finally and found some nice young people who gave me a ride on their pick up, leaving the park to Jackson Hole
south of the pak, passsing the Grand Teton range
another very impressing mountain range and National park in the US,
-my tent at top of Jackson Hole viewing Grand teton range). I staied overnight on the hill close to Jackson hole in my tent, just backside of the motels. Next day in the morning we met again and drove north along the Snake river west of the Grand Teton range up to Bozeman /Montana
which took us some hours to get there.
i got off the car and on the greyhound bus after some time waiting on the busstop, where i met a man who told me that the Crow Indians took out his gold tooth and he explained "...I dont trust the Crow...".
I left Bozeman by bus to Bismark
where i spent some hours along the Missouri river, thinking of the Mandan who once settled along the river not far from here. I headed on to Fargo
where i spent one night along the busstop meeting a nice guy with whom i walked the dark and loenely streets of Fargo, what was nice, next
day i left for Winnipeg /Manitoba/ Canada, staied there with my friends, the climate changed allready to summer and after some days in the woods of Manitoba I left from Winnipeg back to Europe by plane.
map of the trip
Canada is quite save and organised country from my perspective and you do not need
to take any special security measuers. People are warm and friendly, some women do tree hugging and stay up there
for some time in clearcut prone areas. In the wilderness people are mostly open and help each
other out there.
If you are about to stay in the outback /wilderness far away from any civilisation it s not a bad idea to have a gun with you, Grizzlies dont like surprises, and in general you should not go after them, some wear a bell to get heared by the bears, but it is not as in the past during gold rush times, that you can easily get a gun. As a normal tourist at that time
I could not get one, but found many antler on way later up there then near Grand Forks.
You an check nearest gunshops for infos and regulations, In the US sometimes banks
through rifles after you as costumer gifts.
You can get good outdoor and fishing maps for western territories and others, also topographic ones
of every cluster out there, or actual gold claims along rivers.
A compass is a good idea, also as today "GPS" is in use there generally.
The country is quite clean and your health will not suffer more than in other
developed countries, as long as you don t go for adventures in the wilderness as are trekking, canoeing, hunting and more
what requires, depending on the season,
very warm outdoor gear, good boots, rain clothes etc in case of injuries while your stay in the outback you should have some first aid equpiment with you and a mobile to reach the nearest aid station, mounted police post and others.
Moderate in the south, moist along the west coast, and winters can get very cold as well there,
the more you move north the more it gets very cold during winters and arctic far north.
USA late 90s
I ve been to the US three times, states i ve been are Michigan, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming
. Jump to my trip in the southwest-US by cycle somewhen in the mid 90s.
Map showing all trips
Cities i ve been in the US are New York, Chicago
, Washington DC, Jackson Hole, Bismark, Fargo, Bozeman,
Seattle, Gallup, Albuquerqui
First time i staied in the US was during a school exchange programm in the late 80s
of the last century, i got old allready....we had a good time there, with our families and sometimes
in the Arts Acadamy not far from Traverse city.
In Michigan you find many woods, lakes and creeks, a very beautiful state even with a shore line
along lake Michigan, with sand beaches. Its a rural state as well with farms settled within the
hills, along the creeks and lakes.
The first week of that trip we travelled in a bus along the east coast and visited New York,
Washington, Philadelphia, Detroid, Niagara falls, and others all within one week, which
was a little bid much for the most of us.
The 2nd trip to the US was in the mid 90s, travelled from Canada to the US, read from top !
The third trip
to the US was as well in the late 90s, i wanted to visit the great Indian
reservationes in the southwest by cycle, started in Albuquerqui
some Pueblos along the Rio Grande and moved north west to the big Navajo reservation,
sometimes i was hitch hiking along the way and some people with pick ups took me and my
cycle with them. Visited the
Canyon du Chelly
, a very impressive sight, where Indians are
still living in a kind of traditional way with horses, a nice Indian guy took me around there for 1 day.
The long endless, straight roads in semideserted areas during summertime
had a bad effect on me and after some days i quit my trip, went back to New York by Greyhound
bus from Gallup
where i found a huge store for Indian crafts and bought
my mum some rings and ear rings done of turkoise.
Wild West - Native American Nations
- can focus on Nepal as an example and a kind of MODEL -
no standards but many adventure-(wild west)-trekking-checking-money-checkposts,
further native_US border patrols along indian reservations
(Fort Laramy treaty gets reinforced !) further put casinos ($) in some reservations
- OKLAHOMA gets its own individual constitution by native_US indians.
- SEMINOLE country does costly canoe and more trips for the pale faces,
- Loss of Appalachee tribal regions gets heavy compensated for "Trail of tears".
- The consequent killing of 60 million buffaloes ($2) by train for fun, within little years
to eradicate subsistance food of open land plain tribes gets heavily
compensated and not only some mice in big macs or hairy chlor chicken ....
- HAWAI gets a new native_constitution (secctarian) as
an Pacific island ($3) and as
- FINAL ACT ($4) all major passing through native reservation highways get
heavy feed/ maut/ cashed, specially pale faces_US_plates (cars, trucks),
all US 4 wheelers excempt
US native reservation inhabitants 4 wheelers ...
Then YOU earn something
and they learn someping !!
$ _striving for luck rushmore fellaws
$2 _got nearly exttinct but some 60 individuals in a Wyoming valley
$3 _was somebody really born there as some neo-consis ask ?
$4 _final cut act
The US is a wild country from my experience, they do wars and invade other countries, but you can find your freedom there as well, you can do what you want but rule of law prevails supreme.....but you ve to be careful because the stronger and fitter will win over you and take his advantage, thats part of the system and rule of the game.
The country iteself is very developed and most sophisticated they do touch screen voting
in some states what caused some failor in the regiones they did so and when you enter or even before you enter the US you are forced to pass some security measures nowadays, these are measures to avoid terrorism in the homeland of Kapitalism and so you may get treated as a potential criminal what is strange if you enter a land which keeps itself as the land of freedom, human rights and unlimited possibilities. Some statistics say that the biggest danger is coming from some right wing extremists within the country now and less from outside.
People are mostly friendly, open minded and very open for all kind of new developments, even the older aged ones have no problems to adjust to the modern digital times.
In general it depends where you are, if in some very populated or remote area, some once dangerouse rural areas as Harlem got more secure and property prizes raised there over the last years.
Public health care system got advanced the last months,
it all depends if you are insured while travelling the US , in case your e not insured it could become very costly for you in case you need some hospital or physical treatment.
I once had to get to the hospital lacking power after 2 days on the bus by only having fast food, so i was lucky because i had a travel insurance, they pumped me up with some very powerful fluids by injection and i did 60 km the same day on cycle from Albuquerqui New Mexico.
You will not meet more problems than in any other developed country, on CNN they actually had some reports that bedbugs are on the raise in the main populated centers, the reason for this may be globalisation /travelling.
We are speaking here about the most powerful
nation on earth in regard to sophistication, weaponary, software and intelligence agencies.
So I ve to be really carfull for my own security, savety and a good share. Did some pages on
, (win compatible) yet in reach.
Some want a muffin from the cake ...
Moderate to subtropical, in the north cold winters, with blizzards and storms,
to the south the way to Texas and Mexico htp summers and temperate winters.
page got renovated and unified, Canada - USA, may.o18