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Victory Blue’s DEF American Adventure Pt. 3

Hello! This is the concluding post about my DEF American Adventure, so make sure you read the previous blog post to be completely updated!

Glacier National Park was truly an incredible experience. I did a lot of hiking, explored an area of North America that I had never seen before, and I got to camp in one of the most incredible parks in America! The park rangers held campfire meetings every other night where the explained to the park visitors which animals are in the park, and how long they’ve been there as well as their habits. They also gave speeches on the history of the park, which was equally as fascinating as the animal talks. I stayed for several days in Glacier but I knew that there was more to come, so I hit the road! I was headed back toward Whitefish, MT when I realized I needed gas! And it was on my way there that I stopped at a travel centers and saw… you guessed it!

DEF in above-ground storage tanks! So exciting!

DEF in above-ground storage tanks! So exciting!

DEF! Only this time, there were also some totes that contained DEF along with the DEF specific lanes. I had become accustomed to the DEF lanes, but seeing the DEF stored above ground was something totally new for me. There they were, two above-ground storage tanks (or ASTs as I later learned) that protected our air from a variety of toxins and water vapor that create smog and other air pollution.

The truckers here were busy so I just grabbed a sweet tea from the convenience store and then immediately started toward the border. It was odd to be leaving Glacier National Park after having been there for so many days, but I was excited to go to Canada for my first time ever. While a lot of trucking goes back and forth from Mexico, Canada, and the USA, I surprisingly hadn’t been to either Mexico or Canada. But that was about to change! Before I knew it, I was driving up to the Canadian border patrol! They asked me what I did for a living, and I proudly told them I worked for Victory Blue, a company that produces and distributes DEF. They asked a few more questions and then there I was, in the province of British Columbia in Canada.

Being welcomed to British Columbia, Canada!

Being welcomed to British Columbia, Canada!

The sun was shining brightly as I began the drive from the Canadian-American Border to the place I would be staying that night- close to Yoho National Park in Golden, B.C. It took me a couple of hours to get there and the difference for me was mind-blowing! First, the switch from miles to kilometers was a little difficult for me to mentally calculate at first. Luckily, my speedometer had kilometers just beneath the miles so I knew what I should be doing. Second, the switch from gallons to liters was difficult to calculate, as well as the switch from American money to shiny, pretty Canadian money. I had to be careful with those Canadian coins- they were worth more than American ones but I had to put them in my change pocket!

Once I had arrived at my destination, I immediately set out to explore the parks. The first area I went to was in Field, B.C. I had heard over and over again from friends, coworkers, ad family that there are some incredible lakes in Canada and the northern part of the United States. I had already been blown away by the lakes in Grand Teton National Park and Glacier National Park. I didn’t think anything could be as impressive to me as they were. Then… I saw Emerald Lake.

One of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen.

One of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen.

I could have stayed forever on the benches surrounding the lake. But I had to explore the rest of the park! There was so much to do, I had no idea how I was going to fit it all into the few days that I was going to be at the park. After Emerald Lake, I visited Bow Falls, Lake Louise, the Fairmount Chateau at Lake Louise, and explored other parts of both Banff and then Kootenay. The drive back to Golden was rather long from Kootenay and I had some dirty clothes by this point, so I pulled over to do laundry. While there, I ended up talking with a couple who had just recently purchased a diesel-fueled vehicle. They explained to me that they had gotten really nervous on their trip because a strange sign popped up on their dashboard that they didn’t understand. After looking it up in their booklet, they knew they needed DEF but they didn’t know where to get it. So they visited a nearby gas station in Saskatchewan and guess what they found inside? 1- and 2.5-gallon containers of DEF! I told them all about Victory Blue and how I was excited to be a part of the environmental movement.

Unfortunately, before I knew it, it was time to turn around and head back. It was a long drive up and it would be a long drive back. I drove across Saskatchewan, headed down into North Dakota where I witnessed the boom taking place there due to the discovery of oil. I visited the northern and southern portions of the Theodore Roosevelt State Park, and then headed on over to the Devil’s Tower. I figured if you’re going to be traveling across America, you’d better hit as many places as you can. After Devil’s Tower, I visited Mt. Rushmore and then continued on through South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. I made my way straight south to get back to Texas. As the sun set on the last day of my road trip, I felt both excited for my new beginnings with Victory Blue and the ever-expanding DEF market as well as sad that such a great adventure had to come to an end. Road trips are very often too long or too short, but I think that the length of mine was just perfect, and I’m so glad I got to see some DEF along the way!

The sun sets on the last day of my adventure!

The sun sets on the last day of my adventure!

Thanks for reading up on my DEF American Adventure! If you’d like some DEF from Victory Blue for your fleet, check out our online ordering system and contact us today!