The Scene – Pondera RV Park, site 3
The Date – Aug 19, 2015
The Time – Approx 9:00 PM – 11:30 PM
The Crime – Domestic Violence
The Story –
A loud argument outside of the 5th wheel trailer in site 3 at Pondera RV Park resulted in a 911 call by the couple in the RV in site 2. A drive-by by the Sheriff made no impact on the combatants. Maxine witnessed the drive-by and the argument as she drove off to the local casino. The arrival of the Conrad police soon after must have driven the couple inside the 5th wheel. When the cops started yelling at them to come out, I noticed and started trying to take pictures. My first attempts came out fuzzy, but the gun-drawn stance is obvious. More police and sheriff vehicles arrived as the incident escalated. One of the officers went around to the other vehicles in the immediate area and told us to leave for our own safety.
While the evacuated campers milled about the dumpster and laundry room, nothing much happened as it got darker and darker. I went across the street and tried to take pictures from the loading dock of the neighboring business. Nothing seemed to be happening, but I was getting tired of standing around so called Maxine to come back. When she got there, we parked closer to the scene, and I played with my camera some more. With the camera propped on the dash, I was able to get a picture of a cop with a rifle with a scope on it trained on the 5th wheel.
About 10:30, a woman appeared in the street. We assume it was the one from inside the 5th wheel, and that she had been able to get out safely. Finally, an hour later, the cops started driving away without a word to the onlookers. We assumed that the guy finally came out, and they took him away.
The manager of the park said that the woman had told her she was going to Missoula that morning. The morning after the incident, I could see the blue SUV still parked in front of the 5th wheel for a while. While I have no facts, my guess is that the woman went to Missoula then came back to the trailer. An argument ensued and the man went crazy when the cops showed up. They got him out without violence and took him away. She spent the rest of the night in the trailer then left in the morning.
Less than 100 miles from Banff to Calgary made for an easy day. We took it easy the next day, too. The RV park is right next to the Olympic Park where the 1988 winter games were played. There is a Canadian Hall Of Fame on those grounds, and we went to visit.
Running north-south between Jasper and Banff Nat Parks, the Icefield Parkway is a very popular route through some fantastic country. The day we drove it was cloudy and overcast, which obscured the upper peaks along the road. It was also a Sunday in late August, and it seemed 1/2 of Canada was there with us. Looking back at the pictures I took, I can see that I was not too excited about stopping. Here are the best ones I got this year.
After the prairies, getting up into the Rocky Mountains and Jasper Park was very nice. Though it was late in the summer and half the population of Canada seemed to be there with us. We had a reservation at the campground, and even without any hookups, we survived just fine. We scheduled coffee and tea to match up with the hours of generator use, and fired it up when needed. The CG has 340 spots, but it is well laid out, and we had a great site. There is a herd of elk, 6 or 7 animals, known to hang out in the CG, and a couple of them came right through our site.
Our trip was not the typical one, up and down the Alaska Highway. We did drive most of the classic route, but in pieces and in different directions. Still, as the miles (kilometers ) counted down, I got depressed, realizing our trip is nearing the end. The traffic increases as the miles count down, and the long lonely stretches of hiway up north are just a memory. We did not look for the north end of the hiway in Delta Junction, and did not slow down for the south end Mile 0 sign in Dawson Creek.
We stayed in another obscure park at the Sikanni River crossing. This park is not very cultured. It has quite a few RV spots that are scattered around a large dirt lot which gets lots of puddles after it rains. It had rained the day we got there, so the mud and puddles were large. They dried while we were there, making it easier to keep the dogs dry during our walks.