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Canadian Rockies Trip

Flew out to Calgary from Detroit via Minneapolis. There's always a problem at Detroit - this time several parking lots were full, and progress was glacial to the ones with space.

Headed out along the Trans-Canada Highway Route 1 through Calgary. This turned out to be less impressive than you would expect, with endless traffic lights, and buses stopping in the road.

Arrived in Banff and had a hard time finding the hotel. Later we realized that the tourist map was printed with south at the top.

Early the next morning, we walked through the town in search of breakfast. The surrounding mountains were impressive, and we found a coffee shop with excellent baked goods. It was clear, so we took a cable car to the top of a nearby mountain, and wandered around.

Headed off up the valley, and ended up at Lake Louise. It was hot and crowded, so we carried on up the Icefields Parkway, stopping to look at other lakes and glaciers. We spent the night at Sunwapta Falls Lodge.

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

The next day we rode a bus on to a glacier. Early in the morning, there was only a single bus load of us there, but as we left an invading army of Japanese tourists arrived. Saw Athabasca Falls, Medicine Lake, and Maligne Lake.

Snocoach

Snocoach
Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls

Mistara

Mistara Gorge

We took the Jasper Tramway (a cable car) to near the top of Whistler Mountain and had dinner. The whistling is from some kind of rodent. Anne noticed some clouds moving in, but we didn't move fast enough. A storm broke, and we were trapped in the restaurant until after 1 am. The walls moved around disconcertingly in the wind.

Jasper

Jasper

The next morning, we walked around a lake, then headed to Moraine Lake to do some more walking. Anne was too tired after the tramway trouble to carry on. We found a hotel in Canmore, which is just outside the national park. We were worried it would be like Pigeon Forge, but it was fairly scenic.

On our final morning, we took back roads to Calgary, only to discover that the US immigration is carried out at the Canadian airport. A long line of people snaked across the terminal building. We ended up in a rush to get on the plane.

Rescued Laser from a distant, nasty, kennel (it sounded fine on the phone) and took him to the Dog Park for instant canine forgiveness.


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