Banff, Alberta, Canada – Part 1

Tuesday Morning, July 9

1 (1)We had previously planned this day with Dan and Helen, and were anxious to see the Canadian Rockies up close.

1 (2)We had been to Banff in 2000 when we saw the Rockies from the western side. This was our first approach from the east.

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1 (4)As we began our entrance into the mountains, I noticed some movement and saw two young mountain sheep.

1 (5)Dan pulled off the road so I could get closer.

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1 (7)We didn’t see a lot of wildlife on this trip, so it was fun to watch them for a bit.

1 (8)This area is beautiful and ever-changing with the sun and shadows

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1 (11)The Banff area is surrounded by beauty – in the mountains and in the valleys.

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1 (13)We stopped at a rest stop for a break and for directions to the hoodoos, so I took the opportunity to get some closeups.

1 (14)We saw lots of these fluffy seed pods. The white fluff was blowing around like snow.

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1 (16)Dan and Helen had not been to the hoodoos for a while, so it took them a few tries to find the correct road.

In the meantime, we enjoyed the scenery.

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1aA hoodoo (also called a tent rock, fairy chimney, and earth pyramid) is a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland. Hoodoos can range from 5-150 feet tall.

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DSC_3373On the way back to our car I noticed some pretty wildflowers.

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DSC_3381Dan was waiting for us.

With all the walking and activity of the past few days – chapel setup, dedication, and Calgary Stampede – his one knee was giving him a bit of “grief.”

4 thoughts on “Banff, Alberta, Canada – Part 1

  1. Oh, my, Doris — what beautiful scenery you are seeing. I’ve wanted to see mountain sheep on my way to the desert, but have never been that lucky — those are beautiful shots!

  2. What beautiful scenery! I was 11 years old when I visited Banff — I believe I would have an even greater appreciation for its beauty now — wonder if a Canadian could be in our future??? 🙂

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