Hitchiking used to be a very common method of backpacking in North America in the hippy era of the 1960′s and 1970′s.
For many reasons (mostly insalutary) that mode of transformation is not so common in the 21st Century.
To begin with, it is illegal in the Province of Ontario where our hostel is located. And the first leg of a trip to Western Canada is across almost 1300 miles of Ontario. Several days of breaking the law, at best.
Back in the good old 1960′s the small town of Wawa, Ontario (some 700 miles northwest of Toronto) where Trans-Canada Highway 17 converges with the northern cross Ontario route 101 on the north shore of Lake Superior was known as Hitchiker Hell.
Horror stories of early backpacker/hitchers being stranded for days (or even weeks) in Wawa trying to cadge a lift west.
Little Sandra Glatt is a petite, attractive, creative, platinum blond conservationist and tattoo artist from Germany who was a guest at our hostel. The operative word is “creative”.
The sign this creative little tattoo artist came up with is this:
I told you she was creative.
Once you have past Wawa, you still have thousands of kilometers of Canada’s prairies to cover before Calgary and the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
Sandra and her friend have endured and are now in the picturesque mountain vilage of Banff, in the National Park eighty miles west of Calgary. She managed to land two jobs in a matter of hours.
All in all, it is shaping up to be a pretty good summer for Sandra. We wish her continued good fortune.