Day 6 and Day 7
Trip Start Jul 11, 2012
10Trip End Jul 22, 2012
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We had an early morning start heading out of the Painted Reflections Tipi Camp and making our way towards Banff National Park. About half way through the trip, we stopped at the Okotoks Glacial Erratic, which is a massive rock that was left behind in pretty much the middle of nowhere by a glacier. This was just a quick photo opportunity and then we were back on the road.
We arrived in Banff around lunch time. We had a pizza picnic next to Bow Falls. After lunch, we checked into our lodge and then went to downtown for a little shopping. From shopping we headed to catch our gondola ride for dinner. The gondola took us to the top of Sulphur Mountain where we took a short walk to the Cosmic Ray Station for an even better overlook of the Rocky Mountains and Bow River. We had a vegetarian lasagna, salad, fruit, and brownies for dinner in an all window restaurant overlooking the scenery
We had a very early morning to start our adventure to the Athabasca Glacier. In efforts to save time we even had breakfast on the bus or bagels, apples, granola bars, and juice. On our way, we came across three black bears that were just on the side of the road and we were able to watch them all cross the road. After about 3 hours we made it to the glacier where we took an ice explorer down the second steepest grade to the glacier itself. We also saw two big horned sheep on the side of the road between the main building and the actual glacier. We were able to walk around and fill up our water bottles with fresh water. It was so pure and clean- definitely one of the top highlights of the trip for most of the delegates! Then we headed back to the main building for lunch.
On our way back home we stopped at four different lakes
After our lake adventures we headed back to the lodge for a Shepard Pie dinner. We ended our day with a presentation from Don, a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. He told us all about the uniforms, history and his experiences as a policeman. We were able to enjoy the presentation with another delegation of People to People from Michigan and Maryland. Then we headed upstairs to pack, journal, read our workbooks, and attempt to get a good night’s sleep.