Hot Springs and Supper in Banff

Tuesday, July 9, was one amazing day.

1 (1)There was beauty when we traveled and when we stopped.

1 (2) It was everywhere we looked.

1 (3)On every side of the road.

1 (4) In the morning we each mentioned some things that we wanted to see. For Cerwin and me, it was Lake Louise and treating Dan and Helen to lunch at the golf club restaurant. For Dan and Helen, it was showing us the hoodoos and taking us to the Upper Hot Springs.

If you scroll through all of my pictures from Banff, you will see that each of our desires was accomplished.

1 (5)We did not bring swimming suits. Dan and Helen assured us that we could rent a suit for $1.90 each.

It was like a natural hot tub. We were only supposed to stay in the water for ten minutes, but we managed a full 30 minutes by sitting on the seat around the edge every so often.

Oh, what luxury! It was incredibly relaxing after a day of travel.

1 (6)Then there was more beauty as we traveled toward downtown Banff to look for a place for supper.

2We found the perfect place – Wild Bill’s Restaurant. Notice the small balcony on the upper left. That is where we sat.

There was only room for 4 or 5.

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3 (2)It was a delightful place to sit and watch all the activity below.

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3 (5)We decided that there must have been an Amish/Mennonite conference in town, because we saw so many.

3 (6)Dan and Helen said that Banff is a popular place to hold conferences and conventions.

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3 (10)We heard this truck coming from two blocks away.

DSC_3594Jeff and Chris, this one is for you. 🙂

3 (11)There were people eating on a rooftop across the street.

3 (12)Dan and Helen shared these sliders and a salad.

3 (13)  I got corn fritters and…

3 (14)…homemade mushroom soup.

3 (15)Cerwin’s elk buger and French fries.

3 (16)Cerwin decided that we probably weren’t going to see bear or elk, so took pictures of these buses.

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5 (1)We saw this interesting couple walk across the street as we were finishing our meal.

4When we got to the street level, they were set up below “our” balcony playing bluegrass.

5 (2)One last look at the balcony.

6We were rewarded with the sighting of this nice buck on the way home.

DSC_3626It was one of the most delightful days we have spent in a long time.

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