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... back to our hostel.
Earlier that night on our way to their house i dropped my phone and didn't realise. I lost the plot! I realised 5mins later and retraced our path but couldn't find it. We asked everyone and called it plenty of times hoping someone would answer with it. Half an hour later we retraced our path again and we found it in the gutter at the edge of the road, i was stoked!! I didn't want to go through the fuss and money of buying and setting up a new one.
... Bow River Bridge and upwards towards the Fairmont Hotel which was in the direction of Bow Falls. Rally pretty area and the golf course wasn't too far away. It dint see it, More steps but again well worth the effort. I had a town map so worked my way back towards the bridge but coming across a bull elk on the way and passing a few horse drawn carriage rides. on the other side of the bridge was a souvenir shop of Indian crafts and other commercially made souvenirs and then ...
... and interest through the remainder of the afternoon -- waterways, waterfalls, bridges, creeks, etc- too many to remember and mention. Besides, my iPad battery wore down to 10%! However, the Shuswap Lake is worthy specific mention for it's coastline is 630 miles and it is 500 feet deep! By way of comparison, the coastline of Mary's home state of New Hampshire is a mere 12 miles! The Shuswap Lake hosts many houseboats and, also, a floating general store and a ...
We wake to a damp morning. There has been quite a bit of rain overnight. This has been welcomed by locals as we were told it had been quite dry. The Athabasca River appears to have risen during the night. While eating breakfast 7 or 8 Elk grazed around the resort grounds. These are BIG animals. They have a reputation for being very dangerous at certain times of the year ie rut and calving. We hit the Icefields Pathway for our journey south to ...
... but a giant rock fall, the lake kept its name regardless. We climbed up the steep Rock Pile walk and Max pointed out rocks which had a ripple pattern on them, a relic of millions of years ago when the rocks were under the sea. We saw a cute little rodent called a Pika, and were reminded by signs to watch out for bears. On reaching the viewpoint over the lake we were rewarded by the usual stunning views of snow-topped mountains and clear, blue, peaceful waters. ...