Heading back home to White Rock (...and work!!). Thanks to everyone who had a part in our holidays. We had the very best time. We had safe travels, saw amazing things, but most of all it's our families who matter to us!! Here is one last peek as we leave the Okanagan.
"It is in the shelter of each other that people live" (Irish proverb)
...and the decorating we found when we got home...thanks Josh & Kathy!! One hundred and one uses of toilet paper!!(we will get you back!)
After glacier watching, it was off to Lake Louise for an overnight stay....it rained!! This is the first time we have seen rain for our whole trip, so we have been very lucky! We stayed in the Lake Louise Tent Campground. It is surrounded by an electric fence to keep the grizzlies out (a bit Jurassic Park like!!) but that's OK, I really don't need to tangle with a grizzlie anyway. You only really notice the fencing when you drive in, but kinda funny just the same!
After a great visit in Edmonton, we left and headed for a cruise through the Icefield Parkway. If you have not done this drive, we highly recommend it! We did this route with our kids about 20 years ago and it is still fantastic! First stop was Athabasca Falls.
You can walk down many steps to the base of the falls. It puts you right at the river level. These steps were carved from the old river route. Super cool. Once at the river level, there are so many inukshuks built that you don't know where to look! I know they look HUGE, but I was just really close to them!!
Fantastic, that is all we can say about this day!! An afternoon at Elk Island Park (30 minutes east of Edmonton). Great hike and afternoon fire with smokies and smores! Weather was windy but perfect. Of course, day was capped off with a sighting of many bison grazing. A day to remember.
First meet the cats, Tomas Magnum & Aku...the real owners of the house...
....and the people they look after...Teagan & Shawn!
It was a nice "low-key" day today. We went for a great walk in Gold Bar Park, about a 15 minute drive from T&S's house. Gold Bar Park is linked by a foot bridge over the North Saskatchewan River to Rundle Park. It was a cool, prairie day...summer is slowing leaving.
What a great drive into Edmonton to see Teagan & Shawn. Windy ALL the way. Again, the scenery is so different from what we are used to, but interesting just the same. We stopped here to just listen to the quiet.....oh, and the wind!
On Monday we were off for a bike ride to Whyte Avenue & Margarita Monday at the local Mexican restaurant. Again, what a great day for a ride. Stay tuned for tommorrow's adventures!
We left Banff and headed to Medicine Hat. First stop was at Lake Minnewanka for a short walk around, The trails were closed due to momma grizzly bear feedings. It is beyond beautiful! Check out the scenery there!
After that, it was the long drive to the "Hat". Great family was waiting for us there.....Check out our dinner spot, just east of Strathmore, the in heart of the windy prairie, but still pretty!! We have had the very best weather since we left White Rock.
After a great visit in Mabel Lake we headed for Banff. What a spot to behold. We should never forget just how gorgeous our national parks are...and be thankful for them. We stayed at Tunnel Mtn 1. Best part was riding our bikes DOWN into the Banff townsite and exploring away the day. Challenge was riding our bikes back UP the hill, which was HUGE!! Doug did loads better than I!! We hated to leave our great camping spot.
It's so good to be on the road, again. First stop was at Mabel Lake at Mark & Carmen's cabin. Such a beautiful spot. Where else will you see the sign "Turtle Crossing"!! Our drive was spectacular, lake gorgeous and the wine was cold!!