Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 2nd - No Moose Yet, But There's Snow!!!

You never forget your first view of the Rockies. Driving along through the Badlands, and suddenly, between the clouds and the ground, a barely visible line of snow and dirt patchwork shows itself. Then the clouds clear and you come over the top of a hill and there they are, off in the distance. Majestic heights reaching for no longer earth bound clouds. But, between here and there, there is still much to be seen. After so long in the flatlands, I finally hit Calgary, and discovered the Olympic park there. Did you know they offer bobsledding in February? They actually have a professional driver take you down the course. Which, while it sounds like fun, also looks pretty scary! The view of the city of Calgary from the top of the ski jump was amazing.

And then, finally, to Banff. The mountains were beautiful, and several herds of elk grazed by the parkway. The water was completely clear, and a beautiful turquoise. And when you hit the side road through Banff, there is no one there this time of year, and you have your own little paradise. Stopped and took a long walk through Johnson’s Canyon, which has 7 or 8 different waterfalls. You find the lower falls first, and you can stop there, turn around and come back, but the trek to the upper falls is worth it. There are many waterfalls in between that are just as beautiful as the first, and the forest is amazing. I could have spent days just exploring the park. Stopped in Lake Louise for the night when it was getting too dark and there was snow coming down. Ended up sleeping in the car in below freezing weather, and when I woke up, there was about 3” of snow on the car!

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