21.09.2012 - 26.09.2012
Leaving Banff, we stopped to visit Johnson's Falls on the Bow River not too far from the city of Banff.
We returned home pretty much the way we had come. We drove past Calgary. We stopped at "Heads Smashed In" in Alberta where Blackfeet Indians killed buffalo by enticing them to stampede off a cliff. "Heads Smashed In" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We said goodbye to the Canadian Rockies and were on the road again.
Pretty soon, it was flat, empty landscape again, dotted with oil rigs.The leaves had changed color during the three weeks we'd been traveling. Montana isn't very populated and there was a lot of road construction work going on. One stretch of the state highway was just in the process of being built and we drove 12 miles on a dirt road bed led by a pilot car,passed "Snowdown" a big Montana skiing resort. This is a photo of one of Montana's many, many casinos.
After stopping overnight in Shelby, Montana, in a local motel that looked like something out of the 60's with a desk clerk who told dumb blond jokes, we spent a couple of days in St. Paul with Bev, an old roommate from DC, and her husband Paul.
After St Paul, we stopped in Oak Park, IL, in the suburbs of Chicago to visit friends Dominique and Charlene and had lunch at one of Chicago's famous Portillo's restaurant with its Chicago crime scene diorama. Here are some of the homes Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built in Oak Park.
Next was a quick visit to Grove City, PA, where I grew up (K). Grove City College's main building, downtown stores, Bessemer steel plant (no longer used for steel). I grew up on Bessemer Avenue down the street. We had lunch at Adolph and Barb's (childhood friends of Max's) in Waynesville, PA Then it was home. 7000+ miles later.