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Thursday, September 20, 2007

9/19  Here we are in Radium Hot Springs, B.C., and no, we don't glow in the dark.  Still shocked by the price of gas.  $4.60/gal here.  I'm trying to decide what to write about the trip from Winnipeg to Banff National Park.  You can say "WOW, Look at that!" only so often.
I was pretty obsessed with "getting to" Banff.  Passing thru Calgary Jean said "Hey, look at that.  It's the Olympic Park.  We should take a picture". You could see the ski jumps and down hills and all that stuff right alongside the highway.  "Yea,Yea"!.  So there I was with coffee in one hand, a min-pin on my lap, the steering wheel in the other hand, and the camera in - well, you get the idea.  Those digital cameras are pretty good at taking a picture out a side window at 60 mph. 
We were soon off the plains of  Sask.and into the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park.  We are now back to "WOW, look at that!!"  We checked into a campground at Lake Louise Village. It was a beautiful Saturday, so we took a ride to view the lake.  Forgetaboutit.  Wall to wall people.  We then tried Moraine Lake and the "Valley of  the ten peaks" and it was worse, if that is even possible.  We went back to the campground to walk the dogs and relax.  There is a great loop trail next to the camp that's about 4 miles long.  It crosses the Bow River, then loops back to the campground.  You're kind of out there in the middle of nowhere and you get to thinking the pioneers didn't have it so bad.  A nice wide path with crushed stone.  Bridges to cross every bog or stream.  Signs along the path identifying birds and other wildlife.  Signs about bears and that if you encounter one you should come to a complete stop, bend over, then kiss your butt good-bye.
Monday proved to be a great day to visit Moraine and Louise.  The week-end crowds were gone and we got an early start.  It was a tad cool, about 40.   The mountains, glaciers, and the color of the water were magnificant.  We then drove  over to the ski area.  There wasn't anyone there either, probably due to the fact there wasn't any snow. For $25 each you could ride to the top to get a birds eye view of the ski runs.  We passed on that.  We could see them for free from the parking lot.  I  can't imagine strapping boards to my feet and throwing myself off a mountain top.
We left Lake Louise on Tuesday AM (18th) and drove to Radium Hot Springs.  A lot of research goes into selecting a RV park.  After being away from the internet for a few days, we start to feel a little ah, ah, disconnected.  So we picked Mountain Shadows RV park because of their ad stating WIFI at site.  No such luck. (and no refunds). The manager said to try sitting by the horseshoe pit, and if that didn't work, she heard of someone picking up a signal under the pine tree next to the mens room.  We settled on going to a cute little coffee shop and were able to pick up a signal just fine.
Our original plan was to loop back up to Jasper after Radium Hot Springs, but after listening to the weather report we decided to start heading south.  It will be winter soon in the high country.

9/20.  Crossed into the USA about 1PM today, and saw gasoline for $2.89/gallon. 
Welcome home!

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freckles12 on

Thanks for sharing your memories.
Hi Jean and Bob,
Loved the photos and the blow by blow commentary from Bob. You are pretty good at that Bob. I think you missed your calling. Can't wait for your next installment. Enjoy your adventure and stay well. Miss ya, Jan & Jerry

freckles12 on

Thanks for the update.
So glad to find your blog and enjoy your pictures and story. Sounds like you two are having a blast on your adventure. Glad you got to see Banff before it got too cold. Can't wait for your next entry. Miss ya, Jan & Jerry

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