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.

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

Tuesday, July 9

This is another beautiful place to visit in the Canadian Rockies.

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DSC_3517My zoom lens will help you better see them.

DSC_3520The log jam seems to have been here for a long time.

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DSC_3525This area has breath-taking beauty.

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DSC_3540   I like the color contrasts in this picture.

DSC_3541There were lots of tourists here.

We met a neat family from Manitoba – who were originally from Siberia, Russia. They have been in Manitoba for the past ten years.

I would have enjoyed having more time to spend with them and hear their story.

DSC_3544My next post: Supper in Banff.

A Few Facts About Lake Louise

I found some of the posted information around Lake Louise to be quite interesting.

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1aa (2)We saw a lot of these Clark’s Nutcrackers around Lake Louise.

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2 (3)A large stream that was flowing out of Lake Louise.

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I’ll be back here on Thursday night, as we won’t have internet until then.

My next set of pictures will be of Moraine Lake.

Banff, Alberta, Canada – Part 3

Lake Louise – Part 1

1This is a sight I had seen in photographs, but never in person.

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1a (3)Helen and Dan

1a (4)The Chateau is a short walk from the familiar scenic area.

1a (5)With my back to the Chateau.

1a (6)Using my zoom lens to see the snow on the mountains.

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2  I took a walk through the gardens with my camera.

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4There were beautiful flowers everywhere.

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Banff, Alberta, Canada – Part 2

The second part of our day trip was lunch at Stanley Thompson Club House.

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DSC_3411The last time we were here, it was fall, and the golf course was full of elk. We didn’t expect that to happen this time of year.

The waitress said that only happens around New Year and September or October.

DSC_3385It was fun to revisit one of our favorite stopping places during our trip from Vancouver to Banff and Jasper almost 13 years ago.

DSC_3386The golfers in our family would enjoy this place.

DSC_3387The view outside our window.

DSC_3388Eyes can barely take in all the beauty surrounding this place.

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DSC_3394Helen’s corn chowder and yam fries.

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DSC_3401Cerwin’s chicken sandwich and yam fries.

DSC_3403My chicken kabobs. The dips were hummus and dill.

DSC_3406The fireplace in the center of the restaurant.

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DSC_3412We saw this mule deer on the golf course driveway as we left.

The driveway is a beautiful one-mile-long.

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DSC_3415We had a bit of an emotional time when at the end of the driveway, Dan and Helen told us that this is where their youngest daughter died.

She was 18 and with friends from Bible school. They were walking along the river above the falls – taking pictures. It happened when a rock gave way and she fell into the rushing water.

I think I remember them saying that it was about 16 years ago.

DSC_3423From there we drove toward Lake Louise. On this stretch of road there were high fences to keep wildlife off the road, then every so often there were walkways – above bridges – where the deer and other critters could cross to the other side if they wanted.

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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.”