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Icecave and I were meant to get straight back on trail the day of my last blog entry. However just before we stepped back on, a van pulled up next to us and asked if we would like some free food. We had stumbled upon some more trail angels at the perfect time. They had pasta, burgers, beer, brownies and cookies. By the time we had finished our third burger and second plate of pasta, word had spread to nearby thru-hikers and soon we were surrounded by hungry hikertrash. ...
Today could be renamed "Kootenay day". Upon leaving the Banff area, I immediately crossed into BC again and entered Kootenay National Park. The weather was clear at this point and it was a pleasant drive through hills and then mountainous terrain.
Approaching the interestingly-named town of Radium Hot Springs, the road took a major altitude drop for several miles of 6-8% grades, and then upon reaching the bottom ...
... Nelson. After Kaslo we retraced our tracks along the Kootenay Lake back to the ferry landing (about 35km) and on to Nelson.
We are staying in the Cloudside Inn, an old home that had been a duplex and has been run by the owners as an Inn for 7 years. John recognised the accent immediately of the owner and was spot on with the area – she comes from the same place in the UK as a colleague (Shelley Hulland). I did my usual orientation walk (while John relaxed) as we are ...
... interesting interior. It was a large elegant building with scrollwork and turrets when it was constructed in 1896; however, a new owner decided to give it a major facelift in the 1920's to make it more modern. And converted into a grey stone building with no interesting architectural features. It fell into disrepair in the 1960's, but was carefully restored by the present owners in the 1980's. Our accommodation was in the ...
... 2000 feet and summited at about 5600
feet. What a view! We stopped a time or two to check out view and
get some pics. We also came across a NFS(National Forest Service)
crew chainsawing trees off the road. We even drove past a Border
Patrol SUV that was driving the back roads to find drug smugglers.
Later in the trip were were told of how drug smugglers use those
mountains to their advantage. That last winter 2 mexican guys had
smuggled in a bunch ...