Grass Fed is Still Dead!
Good morning, Minot, North Dakota. This is episode 041 of Two Vegans On A Mission Podcast. Thanks for joining us. We’re going to tell you all about our really fast trip from Prince George, Canada all the way over here to Minot. But we don’t have any animal rights activities to talk about this week because we’ve been on the road non-stop. We do have some campground reviews, so we hope you stay tuned and listen to those. And then join us next week as we do more animal rights things! So sit back. Enjoy.
Welcome to the Two Vegans On A Mission Podcast. I’m Louisa, and together with my husband Michael and our dog Sugar, we’re traveling and living full time in a Winnebago Class C motor home, visiting animal sanctuaries and animal rescues all across the country. Each week we’ll share what new camping spots we’ve found, what great vegan meals we’ve eaten, and our latest vegan outreach activities. So please join us as we strive to inspire, educate, and support you in your efforts to be vegan.
So here we are talking about campgrounds, and we’ve been in several in the past week because we traveled from Prince George, Canada all the way over here to Minot, North Dakota in about a week. But we’re going to tell you first about the campground in Prince George. It was one of those places where I could not really figure out where to stay because not a lot of people had put some reviews in Campendium. So I booked one place, and then as we drove by, I saw another, and I said, “Let’s go check that one out.”
Campground Review #1
This one’s called Northern Experience. We stayed there for six nights at $30 a night, $30 American, and we got electric and water. They did have a dump on site, so we had to pay an extra $2 Canadian to use the dump, which is only really like a $1.50, at this time anyway.
And I want to shout out to Tracy Davis. She’s the lady in charge there. She runs a really nice place, very welcoming, very family-oriented. And they had a laundry, it cost three loonies, which is three Canadian dollars. We went in and out of that place all the time. I really enjoyed it.
And Michael, what do you think?
Michael: So I like these family-run RV parks. They’re really interesting. I understand there were a couple of daughters, the husband was ill, and the grandmother was down there to help. And his wife was running the place. And the place was really clean, really, really busy. There was a family reunion there, and everybody was laughing, having a good time.
They told us that there was a bear running around, but of course we never saw the bear running around. The only thing that was, I guess I would call it “interesting”, it’s been a long time where we had to physically pay for a shower. They actually had a box where you put a dollar Canadian coin in the shower and it ran for about five to six minutes. And I actually ended up using two coins, but it was nice, and hot, and clean, and so it worked out. But it was a little bit unusual for an RV since you figure when you pay your price, you get all that included.
But it worked out well because we really had to go in and out of Prince George for celebration of life activities and doing shopping in Prince George and the surrounding area.
Louisa: After we spent six days in Prince George, we were trying to get over to Minot, North Dakota for the Family Motor Coach Association’s convention, and we needed to be there within the next six days, so we were in travel mode.
Campground Review #2
So the second place that we stayed in, in this podcast episode, is a campground near Jasper. It’s in an area actually called Mount Robson, and the campground itself is called Lucerne Campground.
So Michael, go ahead and tell everybody what that’s like
Michael: Mount Robson Provincial Park in the Jasper area is spectacular, crystal clear lake, walking trails all around. There was enough space between the RV spaces, and just covered in a real thick pine forest. We were told again that there are lots of animals walking through. We didn’t see those. But just the walks were peaceful, beautiful, quiet. Although we were parked near a highway, it really wasn’t that distracting. And then later on in the evening we had a refreshing rain most of the night, but it didn’t take away the beauty of the place.
Also surrounding this park where just magnificent mountains all around. And the temperature got down I think pretty low, maybe in the low 50s, maybe even to the upper 40s. It’s a place that I’m glad we stopped because it was just refreshing to have access to a beautiful park like that.
Louisa: I booked this campground on their actual website, and it was the first time I’d ever done that in the Canadian system. And what I didn’t realize was, when they said second vehicle, they didn’t mean your tow vehicle. So if you’re towing a vehicle, you don’t have to pay the $11 extra, which I already did. It’s $22 for the night if you don’t pay for a second vehicle.
There is water available on the site in the area, but not actually at your campsite. There is no electric, and there’s no sewers. So this was up and up boondocking in the middle of the forest for $22. At least it was a really nice area and we were about four hours from where we had started over there in Prince George. So it was a pretty good deal I thought. And it was lucky that I was able to get that spot because everything else in the area was booked.
The next morning we woke up early and got on the road, because when you have no water and you have no electricity, you just have to bring the slide in and head out. We had a little breakfast. And If you want to see what we had for breakfast, you can go on our Instagram at Heaven in a Class C, and you can see some of those pictures of what we eat as vegans. Maybe you’ll get some inspiration there.
But we headed out this time to Banff, actually we were going to go through Jasper, we didn’t really realize that, but we had been sleeping on the edge of Jasper. So the next morning we went across the border into Jasper, Alberta, Canada. We had to pay a fee of $9.80 Canadian for each vehicle. And that got us through both of their national parks, both the fee paid for both Banff and Jasper. So that was a good thing.
We were able to drive through Jasper. We stopped at the store, it was very busy. It’s like a mountain town in the summer full of RVs and lots of people. But it was raining on us, so we didn’t stay long.
But then we drove into the Banff area and I had also made reservations, again online, and I was very fortunate to get one in Village Two in the Tunnel Mountain campground area, Village Two, Loop B, and it was site number seven. So this was an interesting thing because there’s over a thousand camp sites available, and this one was one of the only ones that I could find that had a spot available for us. So again, I was very lucky to get a spot.
And Michael will tell you that was like.
Campground Review #3
Michael: Well, we’ve been RVing for 13 months, and this is the largest RV park that we’ve ever stayed in. It’s so huge that you don’t feel really cramped. There were only about six or seven RVs in our loop, so it goes to show you the vast area that they had to work with.
Where we were stationed was on a hill, and you could oversee the mountain range from where we were parked, and it was just really, really beautiful. We had a morning mist there. It was chilly. Canada’s just really spectacular. And that’s the only way I can describe it. We were really blessed to be able to find an RV park in this really crowded tourist area.
The facilities there were really good. Well, I stood in line to take a shower in the morning, that’s how busy it was. We did use … Again, we got fresh water and a dump, which was on their site, but not connected directly to our RV. And that worked out well. We didn’t get a chance to stay there very long because we had to keep moving south, but it was a really fun stay up there.
Louisa: As a recap for this campground, this one costs $40 Canadian, and it was electric only. We had … Oh, no, we had water on site as well. But then there was a sani dump down the road. So we liked this place. It was all asphalt with a nice picnic table, but it was very well laid out. You didn’t feel like you were in a parking lot, exactly. But we were again just grateful that we had a place to stay.
And then we drove through the town of Banff, and it’s beautiful, very touristy town. We like to just kind of drive through and look at stuff as we go. But driving to the next spot was about five hours, and this time we crossed back into the US from Canada. We went in through Babb, Montana. And the guy was very friendly. There was nobody in line, and the wait was non-existent. This is one of those border crossings that we just went, “Really? Did we just cross an international border back in the US,” because we’re used to going across the border from Tijuana into the US, and that one takes you forever.
So this was really nice. He asked us what we had in our RV, and I said, “Well, we have raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, lettuce, and a whole bunch of other kinds of fruit.” And he said, “All right, go ahead,” and not even blinking an eye. And we’re so glad we didn’t throw any of our fruit away, which everybody told us, “Don’t take fruit in,” but we thought, “We’ll just declare it, and we’ll get rid of it if they make us.” We declared it, he let us go, no problem. So we really did not have anything bad to say about our border crossing.
Campground Review #4
And then we drove another half hour or so into the Blackfeet Reservation area and stayed at a campground called Chewing Black Bones. And this was $40 for the night. We had electric and water. There was a dump on site here as well.
But funny thing is, as soon as we got in there, the lady in the office said that no tents were allowed and no soft-sided RVs because of the bear problem. Did we see any bears? No. This whole time through Canada and back into the US, we saw the behind of a bear as it ran across the road about a hundred yards in front of us. So we were kind of disappointed we didn’t get to see a bunch of wildlife on this trip yet. And, again, we still are traveling, so maybe you are going to hear about an encounter soon.
Michael, what do you want to tell us about Chewing Black Bones Campground?
Michael: This Native American RV park blended into the surrounding area, which had a beautiful lake and pine trees surrounding our RV spot. Their RV park was located close enough so that we could take an easy trip into Glacier National Park. We had a winding roll road that was right along a magnificent river. We stopped several times to take videos and pictures along the way. And then we rode up to the hotel, parked there, and did a little shopping inside.
Louisa: Well, actually it was inside of the store next to the hotel, and I bought some postcards. It was a really nice store, but a lot of people were outside already at about 7:00. They were doing their preparations to take hikes and things. It was a very, very busy place.
And as we drove out of the area, the line going into the campground was really long. And people weren’t allowed to go in until probably 11:00 or 12:00. And this was only 7:00 in the morning. So if you want to stay inside the national park, you better have reservations because there’s no way to get in there. So we were glad to be able to stay at the Chewing Black Bones Campground.
And that is four campgrounds down, two more to go. And so stay with us, for after the break, we will return with the last two reviews of the campgrounds.
We were continuing our journey over to Minot, North Dakota, but first we had to get through Montana. And we were told by our good friends Denise and Judd not to take the 2 across Montana because of the construction that was going on. So we decided to go south and east, heading towards Great Falls, Montana. And we stayed at a place in an Air Force base, another fam camp. We really like to check out the military places. And this one was $20 a night. It was electric and water. And it was on Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Montana.
Michael, take it away.
Campground Review #3
Michael: This Air Force fam camp was kind of divided into two RV parks. The initial one we went to, we were really hoping to get in that side because it was beautifully manicured, and it was unique in that they were growing plants and vegetables at each RV side. And the camp manager was so helpful, but he told us that there were no spots available, so we went over to the RV camp on the base itself.
This one is not so well-maintained. There were only two RV spots left. It was overgrown with weeds and kind of rocky gravel space. But I will tell you we were grateful to find it, because there really wasn’t any other RV parks to park in. The hookup was electric and water, and we had to walk across the street to the shower.
Now, here was a one of the big pluses. The Air Force spends a lot of money taking care of their people. And so I’d like to give a good shout out to the United States Air Force, because the gym there was a multimillion dollar gym with beautiful showers, and it was open until 9:00 at night. And we didn’t even have to show any IDs when we went in. They were really helpful to allow us to go in, shower, and if we wanted to work out, they had tons of equipment in there to do that.
So again, we were really fortunate to be able to have a place to sleep for the evening, and we enjoy stopping in the various Department of Defense RV parks along our journey.
Louisa: And you might want to mention the fact that the Fam Camps, you cannot reserve ahead of time, it’s first come, first serve, which is why when we went over to the first place there, they had no spots available, and we were just glad that there were spaces available over on the base itself.
And then, this is also the first day when the Whopper was available, the Impossible Burger Whopper. So we called Burger King, which is on base there, and Michael was able to order the Whopper vegan style, meaning you got to say, “No cheese and no mayo,” but we decided to have that for dinner. And we drove over, picked it up, and ate it right there in the parking lot because we could. And we had our little tow vehicle with us, our pocket car, and it was yummy.
I don’t recommend eating it all the time because it’s very filling and it’s very processed. So we are whole food plant based vegans. We like to try to stay more true to the food, but we wanted to check it out because this is what you do when you’re vegan reviewers. And we would say, if you haven’t tried it, go try it. If you are not a vegan, you should really try it and give us your opinion. You can go to Heaven in a Class C on Instagram and leave us a message there, tell us what you thought of it.
And now for the last campground review of this episode, we drove about four hours again to Forsyth, Montana, beautiful farmland all the way, and we found a place in Forsyth called Wagon Wheel Campground. This is an itty bitty little town. It did have a laundromat and a grocery store. We used them both. And this was $40 cash. They did not allow any cards to be used. But the lady was really nice and very friendly. When we checked in, we hooked everything up and we had a really nice sleep.
The next morning, we woke up and we drove across the border into North Dakota. But you don’t get to hear about that until next week’s episode. And we really want to thank you again for listening, but we have one more thing to say. If you really like the podcast, would you please go to our website and leave us a comment? It’s www.vegansonamission.com, or go to our Instagram page at Heaven in a Class C and see all the pictures. And then you can leave a comment there as well.
But in the meantime, join us next week as we tell you all about our experience at the Family Motor Coach Association’s convention here in Minot, North Dakota. And we are going to go feed the homeless this week. And we’re going to talk about the lack of animal rights activities that are available to do here in Minot. Surprise, surprise. But in the meantime, go out there, be vegan!
We are a retired teacher, Louisa, and a retired physician assistant, Michael, married for 39 years, who want to help busy travelers begin and maintain a healthy life-style while on the road.