Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Trip Start Jun 25, 2009
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Trip End Sep 10, 2009


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Lake Louise Trailer Park

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

July 4

It actually crossed our minds to find a place where we could watch fireworks tonight until we realized that we're spending our country’s birthday in another country. Oh, say, can you see?

We drove a couple of miles off our route to visit the Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump because some of the other caravaners told us they were going, and besides, the name is so appealing.  Head Smashed-in is a nearly 6,000 year old (older than the pyramids) buffalo jump and produced immense quantities of food for the Blackfoot people while it was in use.  They would stampede the buffalo over the cliff and harvest the fallen.  This sounds like a good method for deer hunting if you can’t hit a bull in the ass with a banjo. 

The Calgary Stampede – "The Greatest Show on Dirt" - opened yesterday, so we couldn’t have picked a better time to drive a 60 ft rig through the city.  Actually, it wasn’t too bad, but then, I’m not the one driving.  We stopped at a Flying J truck stop to fuel up and have lunch and got to watch the parade on TV.  We picked up a newspaper for Creighton and Sally, our horse friends.  They will probably wag their tongues at us for not actually going to the Stampede when we are so close.

Some of our fellow travelers promised some spectacular scenery from Calgary to our next stop, Lake Louise in the Banff National Park, and, boy, were they right!  We have an abundance of pictures and videos of mountains.  They are so magnificent, we just can’t resist.

So far, we haven’t seen much wildlife.  Much of the highway is fenced for the safety of both the wildlife and motorists.  One feature that we found interesting is the large animal overpass.  There are 23 of them.  They are bridges that go over the highway, but they are covered in sod and made to look like natural rock.  They are built to allow large animals to cross the busy highway without getting hit by vehicles.

It snowed a bit as we traveled the Trans-Canada Highway.

Our campsite at Lake Louise could be pictured on a postcard.  The Bow River is a few steps away.  Perhaps we’ll have a chance to wet a line before we leave.

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Check out Banff National Park's website:  http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng//index.aspx
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