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Vacation Booked

Map of Johnston Canyon campground

Well we have our campground booked at the Johnston Canyon campground in Banff National Park for this July.  We had originally planned to stay at the Castle Mountain Campground but it is first come/first serve and we wanted to know that our spot was reserved.   So we got a spot that was quiet and cozy which keeps us away from any motorhomes and campers that may stop by.  It will be a great homebase for the week.

The big challenge for the kids and to a degree us is that this is not an electried campground.  No chance to plugin and charge devices which is going to be nice.  The cell phones will be left off and in the car and while we will have cameras, the trip is going to be very analog

CCM Rooftop Cargo Bag

Instead of jam packing the car full of stuff when we go into the Rocky Mountains next year, we bought one of these.  It is from CCM and is a bag that attaches to the roof of any car and offers up 13 cubic feet of space, or about the same amount as some of the Thule rooftop carriers which cost about 8 times as much.

CCM rooftop cargo bag

After looking at it, I should be able to get the sleeping bags and the tents in the bag with no problem.  We don’t have rooftop racks but it has it’s own attachment system so it will be fine.  Once we get to Banff National Park, we will take it down and toss it in the back.  It folds down to a small bag with no problems.  The one thing that the reviews pointed out that if used in the rain on the highway, water will get in.  That makes sense.  100 kph of driving rain tends to force it’s way into any small holes or cracks.  To stop that we will toss things in waterproof bags before we pack it.

Wow, already taking steps for next year’s trip.  That doesn’t seem like me does it.